This week the Surrey Mirror reports that the future of Reigate Farmers’ Market is in doubt, as there are only two stalls left – Reigate Beekeepers in the High Street and McCarthy’s bread stall in Tunnel Road.
According to Hughmark International, the company that runs the market: “The people of Reigate do not support the market. It’s as simple as that.”
According to the remaining stallholders, the council could do more to help – advertising for example.
Although the bread stall is struggling, the beekeepers are still doing well. Possibly because: “You’re more likely to buy honey and beeswax once a month rather than bread and cheese, which I suppose people are used to getting from the shops.”
Read the Surrey Mirror report here.
In contrast, the Dorking Food Float has just celebrated its second anniversary and is still going strong.
What’s the difference?
- The Food Float operates on Saturdays; the Reigate market on Fridays.
- The Food Float is there every week; the Reigate market just once a month.
- The Food Float is run by volunteers on a not for profit basis; Hughmark International charge for the Reigate stalls.
- The Food Float has an attractive website and a Facebook page; the Reigate market has a rudimentary page on the organiser’s website.
Maybe the business model needs a rethink, but surely Reigate can support a thriving farmers’s market?
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