NOW is the time for shoppers to go to Palma's municipal markets to buy some of the key meat and fish items that will be needed for the coming Christmas menu.

The Olivar market, a five-minute walk from Plaza Espanya in Palma, is beginning to encourage shoppers to buy food products which can be frozen in advance of the holiday season. Stall holders make no secret of the fact that come Christmas week and New Year, prices of fresh meat and fish are going to experience considerable increases. Customers and vendors are currently showing no signs of panic in the face of a much-publicised economic crisis. Marketeers feel assured that with Christmas coming, trade is going to be brisk.

Miguel Sastre, one of the longest-established butchers in the Olivar market said yesterday he had bought a good number of prime Majorcan suckling pigs (lechonas) which come with a guaranteed seal of quality. He indicated that “at the moment” suckling pig weighing between 4 and 5 kilos is on sale for between 57 and 60 euros but the price could well go up. He said that this time last year, Majorca had imported 20'000 suckling pig from the mainland weighing between 4 and 7 kilos, but this year, no more than 3'000 are expected. If they don't arrive in the next few days, said Sastre, we could see Majorcan suckling pig soaring to 100 euros a piece.


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