14 July 1999
More farmers markets for London

By FWi staff

MORE farmers markets are being planned for London following the success of the first site which opened last month in Islington.

Market organiser Nina Planck has already applied for planning permission on a larger site in the Islington area so the first market can expand.

She is now assisting with the planning by Camden Council of two more markets at sites in Camden Town and Swiss Cottage.

And in a joint initiative between the NFU and Tesco, Ms Plank has also organised a one-off farmers market in Cromwell Road, West London, to be held on 21 August.

The market, which is expected to attract 20-25 producers, is likely to continue afterwards on a regular basis yet to be decided, she added.

Ms Planck said inquiries from farmers interested in selling were being dwarfed by the number of communities who wanted to set up their own market.

“Every borough in London could support a farmers market,” she told FARMERS WEEKLY. “What we need most of all are fruit and vegetable growers.”

The markets are open to all conventional and organic farmers within 100 miles of London.

Producers must grow everything they sell and those selling processed food, such as pork sausages or cheese, must also produce the ingredients.