fruit at the market
Buying fruit from a street market

There has been a lot written about the council’s attempts to sell off the wholesale markets site in the centre of the Birmingham (see Our Birmingham for this) and the effect this would have on the vibrant street market that is such a feature of the city centre, but for those who live out in South Birmingham, is it enough to only have markets like this in the centre of town?

I’m not going to go into how much I hate supermarkets or the effect that they have on local small businesses in this post, but I have read a lot about this and am convinced that people are being denied the opportunity to fresh ingredients at reasonable prices by the dominance of big retailers.

What I wanted to ask people here is whether you think South Birmingham would benefit from having more street markets, too. There is an excellent Farmers Markets in Kings Norton, but as far as I know there isn’t anything further out and it’s only once a month. It quite a trek to have to go all the way into the centre of town to have to buy fruit and veg from a market, so would there be a point in having regular street markets in more places outside the centre of town?

I love the buzz that they provide and the way they bring all kinds of people together. You don’t get the kinds of guarantees of uniformity of size and quality that you do in a supermarket, but that’s half the fun. The dodgier quality items are still fine in soups, stews or conserves – a perfect form is rarely needed unless you’re doing some really ridiculous presentation for a Come Dine With Me type of dinner party.

I haven’t looked into what would be needed to get such things going, so it’s not a business proposition or a practical suggestion at this stage, but as someone who loves going to street markets, I was just wondering if other people feel the lack of them, too.

 

1 COMMENT

  1. I would like to see more markets particularly in Northfield. I’ve always thought the large paved area on the high street where the shops lay back opposite boots would be ideal for a weekly market. Just look how popular Hoggs lane Saturday market and boot is in the summer.

  2. My partner and I have often talked about there being a market under the flyover in Rubery . As I have certain problems with my health it would be easier than going to Birmingham market, even though we enjoy the hustle. It would bring a lot of trade and well needed money to the South region.

  3. Good, I’m glad to see I’m not the only one :-) West Heath has an area that would be perfect for it too, in my opinion, as I’m sure do most places.

  4. I agree with Lee, Under the flyover at Rubery is a perfect place for a street market, providing an under cover area for when it raining therefore attracting people in all weathers.

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