Chingford traders hail first farmers' market a success

Adam and Rebecca Osen at the market

Adam and Rebecca Osen at the market

First published in News East London and West Essex Guardian Series: Photograph of the Author by , Senior reporter

A new market boosted business for struggling traders, it is claimed.


Station Road in Chingford, welcomed its first Essex Farmers' Market on Sunday and it was immediately hailed a success after attracting shoppers on a traditionally quiet day.


The market, which sells meat, eggs and other fresh produce, is set to be held every second Sunday of the month after 1,600 people signed a petition calling on Waltham Forest Council to arrange it.
 

Petition organiser Adam Osen, 53, of Woodberry Way, Chingford, said: "It went fantastically well. It was an unqualified success.


"It was crowded until nearly closing time and the shops which opened were really pleased because they were full of people."


The market opened between 10am and 3pm on the stretch of pavement between Willow Street and Buxton Road.


The Pantry co-owner Russ Ellison said he was shocked at how busy his shop had been.


He said: "It was excellent and totally unprecedented how much of an effect it would have. I think we’ll have to be a bit better prepared for next month because we were packed.

"There was nothing really that encroached on what local businesses were selling and it was brilliant to see so many people attracted here because of it."


But sweet shop Truly Scrumptious did not benefit as it had hoped to,  which co-owner Alan Fairs put down to being located across the road from stalls.
 

He said: "It did hurt us being on the other side. It was a waste of time but shops on the other side did very well. It was absolutely jammed and that was great to see, but unfortunately it didn’t help us."


The council has stated it will consider introducing similar markets to areas including Leytonstone and south Chingford. 

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12:36pm Mon 14 Jan 13

Cornbeefur says...

I found it very expensive, many of the items could have been purchased cheaper in Waitrose and Tesco.
I found it very expensive, many of the items could have been purchased cheaper in Waitrose and Tesco. Cornbeefur
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12:51pm Mon 14 Jan 13

mark103 says...

A agree it was busy & expensive & it did sell goods the shops Station Rd sell, what I'd like to know is who was the Essex farmer because most of them seem to work from home that I talked to.
A agree it was busy & expensive & it did sell goods the shops Station Rd sell, what I'd like to know is who was the Essex farmer because most of them seem to work from home that I talked to. mark103
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5:54pm Mon 14 Jan 13

Sam Hain says...

I sincerely applaud this initiative and hope it lasts but Walthamstow Farmer's Market in Town Square has declined since it began and the Saturday Market at the St James end of Walthamstow High Street, though it got off to a wonderful start, quickly declined into a sparse and sad affair. Still, Chingford tend to have more money to spend than Walthamstow so maybe it will survive and flourish. I hope it does.
I sincerely applaud this initiative and hope it lasts but Walthamstow Farmer's Market in Town Square has declined since it began and the Saturday Market at the St James end of Walthamstow High Street, though it got off to a wonderful start, quickly declined into a sparse and sad affair. Still, Chingford tend to have more money to spend than Walthamstow so maybe it will survive and flourish. I hope it does. Sam Hain
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6:04pm Mon 14 Jan 13

Sam Hain says...

Cornbeefur wrote:
I found it very expensive, many of the items could have been purchased cheaper in Waitrose and Tesco.
PS: As usual our resident troll misses the point. Farmers' Markets never purport to be cheaper than supermarkets. The whole point of them is that they should sell locally-sourced, fresh, organic, free-range and homemade produce. If they don't, then that is a cause for concern but if price is your sole criterion then by all means go to a supermarket rather than whinge about the Farmers' Market movement on that basis.
[quote][p][bold]Cornbeefur[/bold] wrote: I found it very expensive, many of the items could have been purchased cheaper in Waitrose and Tesco.[/p][/quote]PS: As usual our resident troll misses the point. Farmers' Markets never purport to be cheaper than supermarkets. The whole point of them is that they should sell locally-sourced, fresh, organic, free-range and homemade produce. If they don't, then that is a cause for concern but if price is your sole criterion then by all means go to a supermarket rather than whinge about the Farmers' Market movement on that basis. Sam Hain
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9:54am Tue 15 Jan 13

Cornbeefur says...

Locally sourced produce from Norfolk, other places in the UK, France and the rest of Europe.

There were not many Farmers there.
Locally sourced produce from Norfolk, other places in the UK, France and the rest of Europe. There were not many Farmers there. Cornbeefur
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2:34pm Wed 16 Jan 13

Sam Hain says...

Then that is a concern, Cornbeefur, but price can't be used as a stick to beat the movemnet with. Besides, I'm sure the transport of food from all over the country and the world by the supermarket chains in order to give us 'cheap food' (a total myth - environmentally it's very expensive) must be more problematic. Norfolk is hardly a million milies away and is as nothing when compared with transporting apples from Chile and asparagus from Peru!
Then that is a concern, Cornbeefur, but price can't be used as a stick to beat the movemnet with. Besides, I'm sure the transport of food from all over the country and the world by the supermarket chains in order to give us 'cheap food' (a total myth - environmentally it's very expensive) must be more problematic. Norfolk is hardly a million milies away and is as nothing when compared with transporting apples from Chile and asparagus from Peru! Sam Hain
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5:50pm Thu 17 Jan 13

Truth_Hurts001 says...

Sam Hain wrote:
Cornbeefur wrote:
I found it very expensive, many of the items could have been purchased cheaper in Waitrose and Tesco.
PS: As usual our resident troll misses the point. Farmers' Markets never purport to be cheaper than supermarkets. The whole point of them is that they should sell locally-sourced, fresh, organic, free-range and homemade produce. If they don't, then that is a cause for concern but if price is your sole criterion then by all means go to a supermarket rather than whinge about the Farmers' Market movement on that basis.
Totally agree with you Sam. Our regular troll is at it again. Making his/her/it's negative and 'nauseating' comments about anything and everything. He/she/It seriously needs to get a life!
[quote][p][bold]Sam Hain[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Cornbeefur[/bold] wrote: I found it very expensive, many of the items could have been purchased cheaper in Waitrose and Tesco.[/p][/quote]PS: As usual our resident troll misses the point. Farmers' Markets never purport to be cheaper than supermarkets. The whole point of them is that they should sell locally-sourced, fresh, organic, free-range and homemade produce. If they don't, then that is a cause for concern but if price is your sole criterion then by all means go to a supermarket rather than whinge about the Farmers' Market movement on that basis.[/p][/quote]Totally agree with you Sam. Our regular troll is at it again. Making his/her/it's negative and 'nauseating' comments about anything and everything. He/she/It seriously needs to get a life! Truth_Hurts001
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