Got some really delicious sausages from galileoorganicfarm, some odd cheese (nice but odd), wonderful bread and some carrots. Phil is right though, closer to Waterloo would be nice, those carrots were heavy.
From the days when Maltby St. was a local secret and reprieve for parents needing their coffee fix but buggying up queues (I, guilty), Maltby and Spa Terminus have grown from strength to strength due to the fine folks who've made a go of putting out really delicious food items for sale and the fantastic vibe on the Ropewalk. It's really great that I can get the best coffee and crossiant, cheeses, jamon, and the freshest fish in London (if Les goes fishing), and two of the finest butchers in London (the Butchery and now O'Sheas) are blocks away!
The words been out, just search TimeOut for a guide. And Zoe, if you get lost you'll notice groups of people who don't look like South Londoners but walking about with their phones out. They too are looking for the shops. Do go. It really is a chill out way to spend a Sat.
For Fabienne and the stall holders at the Square, I suggest moving the market to somewhere along the Maltby route. Footfall has grown and the people going are foodies. And I would suggest possibly experimenting by opening on Sunday as some of the Ropewalk sellers have started opening on Sundays as well.
Please, please stop using the word 'foodies' to define those who go to Maltby or other markets. It just underlines the pretentious, exclusivity often hinted at in the write-ups about these places, as if all the customers who use them should regard themselves as a species apart from everyone else, with some mystical superior ability to appreciate food!
I live in Bermondsey square and we absolutely love the market! Bought a topside of beef from you for our Sunday roast yesterday and it was so delicious - thanks!
Perhaps you could advertise to the residents in the square by doing a mail drop or a flyer in the reception? There are a lot of offices in the square too, although they are only around M-F if they knew about the great produce on offer they may venture back on a Saturday.
The local business and notice board could help leverage the market to.
Agree that earlier opening and/or Sunday would be better. Price/value is also not that fantastic even compared with some stalls in rip-off Borough Market. And Spartacus is right in saying that many patrons of food markets do not have a mystically superior ability to appreciate food, witness the prices they are willing to pay for often poor quality produce. My pet hate is the stall that sells a very small quantity of French gherkins in a plastic tub - when you can buy them in a large jar for eight or ten times (I'm guessing) the quantity at a lower price in a French supermarket. Which may of course be exactly what the stallholder does.