Saturday 23 January 2010 8.20pm
Les here from Christchurch Fish
Cheryl from London Farmers Market mentioned to me this morning the debate going on on this forum about the future of the market. I hope you don't mind me adding my twopenny worth.
This is the third startup London Farmers market I've attended and I think its fair to say this one has had the slowest start. The customers I've had have been very enthusiastic and have returned regularly and its been a real pleasure selling to people that really care about fresh fish.
The problem is there were probably about twenty of you by the end of November and now there are about two dozen. The other two start ups had a far faster rate of growth, and to make attending worthwhile I really need at least forty customers a market.
I think many of the reasons for the slow start have already been identified in previous posts. Some of them, like the weather , are beyond anyone's control but Lambeth Council
's attitude to the signage is a bit surprising - taking down signs for a Golf Sale is understandable but for something like a market which I hope is giving the community something it wants less so.
I'll be attending every fourth Saturday for as long as it takes to get the market going.As soon as I start getting enough customers I'll come more regularly. Really hope this might be spring-time. We don't catch much between about now and April as the flat fish start spawning and we leave them alone.Things start in earnest again in April with the arrival of the cuttlefish and black bream.
I keep our website, www.christchurchfish.co.uk updated with catch details as well as market dates.There's also information on it about who we are and what we do.Next Bermondsey visit will be Feb 28th, the last day of the native oyster season.I hope to see you then.