Think you've probably got it spot on with "I can see the sense in giving an initial rent-free period, to establish a customer base, but surely the traders must have expected to pay some sort of rent after that, however low that might be."
I just don't think that customer base ever materialised, not in enough numbers to make paying rent a possibility. Looking rather than buying, as Bel says.
Anyway, I'm getting into speculation now, and seem to have posted way too much on this topic. Just disappointed, I used to really look forward to that market, and thought it was a really nice thing to have in the square. Thanks for keeping us in the loop, James.
The producers are taking over of the market starting this Saturday 7th. London Farmers Market are no longer continueing with it. A new email address of [email protected] has been set up as a gap stop.
Any questions then please let us know. You can continue to get your great fish, meat, vegtables, cakes, bread, pies, jams and cheese every Saturday between 10am and 2pm.
See you there.
Any body able to help out with Facebook and Twitter.
Second market tomorrow with Plumbun and Le Moulin back from Christmas holidays. Hope to see you all. We are there until 2pm come along and have a look at all the tasty fish, meat, veg, cakes and bread.
I'm a regular (most weeks) shopper at the food market and went today having missed last week. Although some of the familiar stalls are there and there is a new organic vegetable stall, some of them don't appear to have returned after the New Year which is a pity. There seemed to be less people shopping than normal. Talking to one stallholder they seemed a little uncertain about the future of the market unless trade picked up. They agreed that it also needed for the market to look appealing to attract foot-fall.
So those of us who value the food market need to support it on a regular basis to ensure its future and spread the word, but perhaps the stallholders could also promote it themselves and get some more stalls on board to increase its appeal too.
I certainly hope it has a future so let's support it!