Thursday 21 January 2010 11.15am
It's not a question of stallholders sticking it out but of us, the local community, going to the market and buying! The diminishing nunber of stalls is a reflection of the poor trade most of the stalls have done since the market launched in November. I've been going pretty much every week through ice, wind and rain and every stallholder I've chatted to has been disappointed by the turnout. It's not the best time of year to launch a market, admittedly, but unless we use it, we'll lose it. The fish man is only going to come monthly I hear - that is a real shame because there's nowhere to buy decent fish for miles and Borough Market
's prices are very high. There is some good value produce at Bermondsey Sq - a couple of weeks ago I bought three large bags of apples and pears for £3 - far cheaper than Sainsbury's Local and they kept very well.