farmers markets organiser defends monthly events
organiser of Burnham-On-Sea's Farmers Market has defended the event
after a town councillor called for a re-think on whether the monthly
farmers markets should be held in the town's High Street.
during the latest council meeting, Cllr Louise Parkin questioned
whether the number of stalls at the events justifies the High Street
being closed each month.
it worthwhile closing the street for a small amount of stalls when
road closures are so detrimental to the trade of our existing shops?"
organiser Jo Hayers of Somerset Farmers Markets has told Burnham-On-Sea.com
this week: "Burnham-On-Sea Farmers Market has been taking place
for nearly 11 years. We were surprised and disappointed to read
the views of some councillors."
High Street has some brilliant independent food shops which we hope
the market slots in with on the last Friday of each month. Town
footfall figures have shown that market days can have a positive
impact on numbers of people in the town; visitors from outside the
centre of Burnham won't just be visiting the market, they will visit
surrounding shops to tick things off their list, they will linger
a bit longer, meet friends, have a coffee and enjoy the area."
customers didn't like the market then they wouldn't vote with their
feet. While the market was a little quieter in January, this is
a challenge all markets have to work with and is due to the natural
seasonality of British grown produce; trader numbers are back up
again in the coming months."
added: "While the road closure does mean that a diversion is
in place, it creates a pedestrian-friendly zone in the centre of
the town and encourages people on foot to slow down and enjoy the
the wake of Brexit and the uncertain future that holds, we need
to make an extra effort to support the brilliant local businesses,
shops and markets we have and to keep our Town Centres alive!"
are in talks with Burnham Chamber of Commerce and the Town Council,
and will talk to local shops at the next market on Friday 24th February
to see if we can further improve our ongoing relationship with the