Ah yes, the infamous "sprout run" - the traders would dump full boxes of produce if there was one off item in it, or if they hadn't sold it by closing down time (which was fairly early as they were supplying the retail trade) - some of the diggers didn't buy veg all the time we were on these sites if my memory serves me correct.
From: British archaeology discussion list [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Martin Brown
Sent: 29 September 2008 10:06
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Subject: Re: [BRITARCH] What do archaeologists eat?
When some of us were working in London in the late 1980s we were digging
beside Spital Fruit Market and at lunchtime would nip across the road just
after the market had closed so we could rifle through the dumped produce and
get free veg. It wasn't rotten, just getting to the end of its shelf-life.
We were told to stop when (allegedly) a Museum chief saw some of his team
featured in a long shot as part of a foreign documentary about homelessness
The yams I used to get were nice and the watermelons made two (Hi Pete) of
us hugely popular when we appeared on site with a big bag of them one sunny
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