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Bermondsey Farmers' Market: it’s "use it or lose it" time

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The organiser of the weekly farmers' market in Bermondsey Square has issued a "use it or lose it" message to shoppers as traders struggle to make a profit.

Bermondsey Farmers' Market

The Saturday morning market was launched in November but has suffered from a lack of customers in recent weeks – not least due to the cold and wet winter weather.

Some traders have abandoned the market or, like the fishmonger, reduced their attendance from weekly to monthly.

Writing on the SE1 forum, Cheryl Cohen of London Farmers' Markets said: "...the reason that stall holders are leaving is that there just isn't a high enough footfall and they're losing money".

She added: "This really is use it or lose it time."

The idea of holding a range of specialist markets to complement the Friday morning antiques market was always part of the plan for the Bermondsey Square development.

"Bermondsey Farmers' Market is a wonderful alternative the the bustle of Borough Market," says Cllr Tim McNally whose Chaucer ward includes Bermondsey Square.

"I particularly enjoy the lamb and bacon from Animal Farm and the excellent organic vegetable stall.

"It's great that the Square is being used on more than just Fridays and I hope that after a difficult start due to the awful weather we've been having that the farmers market will flourish.

"I am working with London Farmers' Markets and Southwark's new markets manager to see what we can do to improve signage and how Southwark can help the market during its early months.

"I'd encourage SE1 readers to try and use the market and to finish off their shopping trip by trying the three excellent new bars and restaurants around the square."

• Bermondsey Farmers' Market is held on Saturday mornings from 10am to 2pm in Bermondsey Square.

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