Thanks to Ben Myring for introducing me to this site...
We're starting up a new farmers/community market - hopefully somewhere between SG road & Finsbury park. At the moment we think it should be every Saturday from about 9 until two o'clock.
Though we might start it simply and try to get the basics right (good farm produce & fresh bread etc) what I'd like to achieve in time is a place where Everyone local can gather, buy almost all of their week's groceries, have some lunch & meet new people.
I'd love your advice and opinion, and particularly on the two issues which to me seem central:
1) what would you like to see at the market? This includes your favourite kind of stall, particular produce that you can't otherwise get locally, and what other sorts of attractions besides food would help to draw people in.
2) how to attract ALL sorts and reach as many local people as possible? I'd hate for anything like this to be exclusive to a particular demographic, and first of all this involves promoting the market in different ways in order to attract as wide a group as possible. Of course, aside from advertising the market itself must offer enough variety, quality & good value to keep everybody coming back. Those three things can be difficult to reconcile! Any help will be hugely appreciated.
I look forward to hearing your thoughts!