Farmers' market 'will boost trade in Chingford'

It is hoped traders struggling to make ends meet will get a shot in the arm from a new farmers’ market.

Between 25 and 30 stalls will sell a variety of meat and produce in Station Road, Chingford, this weekend after 1,600 people successfully petitioned Waltham Forest Council.

Shopkeepers hope that the monthly Essex Farmers’ Market will attract people back to the high street on Sundays.

Chris Carter, co-owner of card and gift shop Needful Things, said: “It’s fantastic. It will bring a bit of life back to the high street.

“The streets can be far too quiet but people will be attracted by the market and then hopefully will continue their shopping in our businesses.”

The market will sell meat, fresh produce such as eggs and organic bread, and other items chosen to ensure there is not a clash with retailers’ stock, and will be similar to a successful one run in Wanstead.

Organiser Ian Chisholm said: “It’s important not to sell the same things as the shops because we each help the other. Where we’ve been successful we’ve complemented the shops’ services with ours.”

The market will be run partly on the widest part of the pavement, outside Tesco, between Willow Street and Buxton Road, but is likely to expand if it does well.

If it does, the council will consider having additional markets in areas such as south Chingford and Leytonstone.

It is currently planned for every second Sunday of the month, starting this Sunday, from 9am to 5pm.

Petition organiser Adam Osen, 53, of Woodberry Way, said: “I’m very excited, this is great news. It will pay off for the shops and the community because it will hopefully help the high street a great deal.

“The petition was instrumental in this because it showed the council the sheer number of people who wanted it to happen. It’s going to increase the footfall here a great deal, it will be tremendous.”

People who want to set up a stall can contact Essex Farmers' Market on info@essexfarmersmarkets.co.uk or 01277 362414.

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11:50am Mon 7 Jan 13

Cornbeefur says...

Adversely affect trade more like.
Adversely affect trade more like. Cornbeefur

11:59am Mon 7 Jan 13

myopinioncounts says...

Considering that 'Farmer's Markets' cut out the middle men why is the produce so expensive?
Considering that 'Farmer's Markets' cut out the middle men why is the produce so expensive? myopinioncounts

2:58pm Mon 7 Jan 13

sunn says...

Good luck to them, I love the farmers' market in Walthamstow.

You pay more for quality produce that hasn't been intensively farmed on an industrial scale. 'Economies of scale' and all that.

I don't mind paying a bit extra to support small businesses and farmers who are serious about their food. I'd rather my food budget went to these folk than those tax avoiders, and supplier bullies, like Tesco.
Good luck to them, I love the farmers' market in Walthamstow. You pay more for quality produce that hasn't been intensively farmed on an industrial scale. 'Economies of scale' and all that. I don't mind paying a bit extra to support small businesses and farmers who are serious about their food. I'd rather my food budget went to these folk than those tax avoiders, and supplier bullies, like Tesco. sunn

7:35pm Mon 7 Jan 13

Cornbeefur says...

The traders who are 'struggling to make ends meet' have to pay rates and rent and then compete against these markets who sell overpriced stuff one can find cheaper in top end supermarkets and I cannot see how traders benefit as a result.
The traders who are 'struggling to make ends meet' have to pay rates and rent and then compete against these markets who sell overpriced stuff one can find cheaper in top end supermarkets and I cannot see how traders benefit as a result. Cornbeefur

7:48pm Mon 7 Jan 13

barbus44 says...

Cornbeefur wrote:
The traders who are 'struggling to make ends meet' have to pay rates and rent and then compete against these markets who sell overpriced stuff one can find cheaper in top end supermarkets and I cannot see how traders benefit as a result.
As usual, you quite obviously did not read the article properly. The presence of a farmers market encourages increased footfall, i.e. extra shoppers and the farmers stalls would be selling different products to the established shopkeepers and therefore not be in direct competition.Farmers markets in other areas of london, including our very own High Street, do not appear to have adversely affected existing traders. As I said, read the article properly before putting ill concieved comments to paper.
[quote][p][bold]Cornbeefur[/bold] wrote: The traders who are 'struggling to make ends meet' have to pay rates and rent and then compete against these markets who sell overpriced stuff one can find cheaper in top end supermarkets and I cannot see how traders benefit as a result.[/p][/quote]As usual, you quite obviously did not read the article properly. The presence of a farmers market encourages increased footfall, i.e. extra shoppers and the farmers stalls would be selling different products to the established shopkeepers and therefore not be in direct competition.Farmers markets in other areas of london, including our very own High Street, do not appear to have adversely affected existing traders. As I said, read the article properly before putting ill concieved comments to paper. barbus44

7:49pm Mon 7 Jan 13

Alan_1976 says...

Cornbeefur wrote:
The traders who are 'struggling to make ends meet' have to pay rates and rent and then compete against these markets who sell overpriced stuff one can find cheaper in top end supermarkets and I cannot see how traders benefit as a result.
I know reading all the words in an article is hard but you might want to try it once in a while. Then it might be obvious to you why more people coming to somewhere would lead to more potential for trade.

Perhaps start with an article with more pictures and go from there
[quote][p][bold]Cornbeefur[/bold] wrote: The traders who are 'struggling to make ends meet' have to pay rates and rent and then compete against these markets who sell overpriced stuff one can find cheaper in top end supermarkets and I cannot see how traders benefit as a result.[/p][/quote]I know reading all the words in an article is hard but you might want to try it once in a while. Then it might be obvious to you why more people coming to somewhere would lead to more potential for trade. Perhaps start with an article with more pictures and go from there Alan_1976

10:54pm Mon 7 Jan 13

Dwtuning says...

And how exactly are people supposed to find out about this farmers market considering there is absolutely no signage or notification in the high street..

If it fails it'll be down to lack of advertising.
And how exactly are people supposed to find out about this farmers market considering there is absolutely no signage or notification in the high street.. If it fails it'll be down to lack of advertising. Dwtuning

11:20pm Mon 7 Jan 13

moanalone says...

Dwtuning wrote:
And how exactly are people supposed to find out about this farmers market considering there is absolutely no signage or notification in the high street..

If it fails it'll be down to lack of advertising.
It's amazing the wonders of communication, not always I would admit, but some whispers turn to shouts, read all about it, as they used to call out. I'll be take a walk as I'm sure many feet will follow.
[quote][p][bold]Dwtuning[/bold] wrote: And how exactly are people supposed to find out about this farmers market considering there is absolutely no signage or notification in the high street.. If it fails it'll be down to lack of advertising.[/p][/quote]It's amazing the wonders of communication, not always I would admit, but some whispers turn to shouts, read all about it, as they used to call out. I'll be take a walk as I'm sure many feet will follow. moanalone

12:59am Tue 8 Jan 13

SXH says...

Farmers markets are a good idea, it brings a good atphospire in the area and a different selection of food, french markets are great, there was talks of having one at Harrow Green Leytonstone, but nothing came of it, its only once a month, they do need to reduce there prices a bit to encourage more to attend.
Farmers markets are a good idea, it brings a good atphospire in the area and a different selection of food, french markets are great, there was talks of having one at Harrow Green Leytonstone, but nothing came of it, its only once a month, they do need to reduce there prices a bit to encourage more to attend. SXH

9:45am Tue 8 Jan 13

Cornbeefur says...

SXH wrote:
Farmers markets are a good idea, it brings a good atphospire in the area and a different selection of food, french markets are great, there was talks of having one at Harrow Green Leytonstone, but nothing came of it, its only once a month, they do need to reduce there prices a bit to encourage more to attend.
The have a kind of 'farmers market' in South Leytonstone consisting mainly of bowls of fruit and veg for a pound.

In George Lane Woodford 'Farmers' stall up outside the rent and rate paying shop keepers selling the same fruit and veg and are obviously at an an advantage as they have less overheads.

In Wanstead, I have seen a fish seller from Lowerstoft, hardly a farmer. Others selling cakes and grilled sausages like a glorified hot dog stall. yet another sells pictures of 'Local Street scenes of yesteryears. What have such stalls relevance to farming?
[quote][p][bold]SXH[/bold] wrote: Farmers markets are a good idea, it brings a good atphospire in the area and a different selection of food, french markets are great, there was talks of having one at Harrow Green Leytonstone, but nothing came of it, its only once a month, they do need to reduce there prices a bit to encourage more to attend.[/p][/quote]The have a kind of 'farmers market' in South Leytonstone consisting mainly of bowls of fruit and veg for a pound. In George Lane Woodford 'Farmers' stall up outside the rent and rate paying shop keepers selling the same fruit and veg and are obviously at an an advantage as they have less overheads. In Wanstead, I have seen a fish seller from Lowerstoft, hardly a farmer. Others selling cakes and grilled sausages like a glorified hot dog stall. yet another sells pictures of 'Local Street scenes of yesteryears. What have such stalls relevance to farming? Cornbeefur

10:31am Tue 8 Jan 13

Walthamster says...

sunn wrote:
Good luck to them, I love the farmers' market in Walthamstow.

You pay more for quality produce that hasn't been intensively farmed on an industrial scale. 'Economies of scale' and all that.

I don't mind paying a bit extra to support small businesses and farmers who are serious about their food. I'd rather my food budget went to these folk than those tax avoiders, and supplier bullies, like Tesco.
That's exactly my view too.

But I agree with Dwtuning -- it has to be well advertised.

A few years before the present farmer's market started in Walthamstow, we briefly had one at the Blackhorse Road end of the High Street. It lasted only a few weeks because no one heard of it except by word of mouth.

Some customers asked the council to put up notices in the High Street -- the obvious place, as thousands of shoppers used to go there every day, back then.

The council not only refused, but warned us that anyone putting up notices would be prosecuted!
[quote][p][bold]sunn[/bold] wrote: Good luck to them, I love the farmers' market in Walthamstow. You pay more for quality produce that hasn't been intensively farmed on an industrial scale. 'Economies of scale' and all that. I don't mind paying a bit extra to support small businesses and farmers who are serious about their food. I'd rather my food budget went to these folk than those tax avoiders, and supplier bullies, like Tesco.[/p][/quote]That's exactly my view too. But I agree with Dwtuning -- it has to be well advertised. A few years before the present farmer's market started in Walthamstow, we briefly had one at the Blackhorse Road end of the High Street. It lasted only a few weeks because no one heard of it except by word of mouth. Some customers asked the council to put up notices in the High Street -- the obvious place, as thousands of shoppers used to go there every day, back then. The council not only refused, but warned us that anyone putting up notices would be prosecuted! Walthamster

9:52pm Tue 8 Jan 13

Dwtuning says...

Considering most of the shops will be closed I doubt it will affect trade either way.

No doubt the wardens will be out in force when the stupid CPZ comes into force as well.
Considering most of the shops will be closed I doubt it will affect trade either way. No doubt the wardens will be out in force when the stupid CPZ comes into force as well. Dwtuning

1:36pm Wed 9 Jan 13

Ferdy54 says...

moanalone wrote:
Dwtuning wrote:
And how exactly are people supposed to find out about this farmers market considering there is absolutely no signage or notification in the high street..

If it fails it'll be down to lack of advertising.
It's amazing the wonders of communication, not always I would admit, but some whispers turn to shouts, read all about it, as they used to call out. I'll be take a walk as I'm sure many feet will follow.
I only knew about it by reading this or it would have just passed me by.

I mainly shop in Chingford Mount and haven't seen any notices about it.

And the stall holders are only there to make a profit for themselves. I thought the idea was to sell good stuff cheaper? I'll give it a try, but if it's dearer than Tesco than I'll go back there.
[quote][p][bold]moanalone[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Dwtuning[/bold] wrote: And how exactly are people supposed to find out about this farmers market considering there is absolutely no signage or notification in the high street.. If it fails it'll be down to lack of advertising.[/p][/quote]It's amazing the wonders of communication, not always I would admit, but some whispers turn to shouts, read all about it, as they used to call out. I'll be take a walk as I'm sure many feet will follow.[/p][/quote]I only knew about it by reading this or it would have just passed me by. I mainly shop in Chingford Mount and haven't seen any notices about it. And the stall holders are only there to make a profit for themselves. I thought the idea was to sell good stuff cheaper? I'll give it a try, but if it's dearer than Tesco than I'll go back there. Ferdy54

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