Sunday, 21 February 2010
Beautiful day but where were the regulars?
Sat 20th Feb. John and I both decided to turn out for Edinburgh much to customers and stall-holders amusement!! Gave us time to ponder a bit more on what is going on at Edinburgh.
Observations: at least half our customers were foreign students and tourists; car park, at which we looked all morning remained deserted. There were lots of people but precious few were actually buying anything. Maybe a burger or a coffee and a free sample but produce to take home, NO.
What is wrong? Well the produce is a delight. There could be more variety. There is a loss of the many interesting products - fish, drinks, bakers, condiments, cheese to name but a few.
WE ARE ATTRACTING MANY FEWER LOCAL BUYERS OF LOCAL FOOD THAN WE DID IN FORMER YEARS AND WE FEEL IT IS NOT JUST THE RECESSION BECAUSE OUR FORMER BUYERS IN GENERAL STILL HAVE THEIR JOBS AND THEIR BELIEFS IN SUPPORTING THE LOCAL FOOD ECONOMY FOR REASONS OF QUALITY AND SUSTAINABILITY. WAITROSE AND MARKS AND SPENCERS DO WELL.
3 SOLUTIONS: 1. THE MARKET IS 'TIRED' AND HARDLY FRONT OF MIND FOR MANY EDINBURGH RESIDENTS. 2. WE NEED FREE OR SUBSIDISED PARKING AND 3. WE NEED PROTECTION FROM THE WEATHER; TO MAKE THIS A 'MUST ATTEND' MARKET AGAIN.
Come on Edinburgh; you can do better than this.
Planted By Anne from Bouvrage at 11:59 am