25 October 2013Posted: October 25, 2013
I’m interested in the everyday life of the traditional food market and its relationship with the city. Everyone is familiar with these markets – for many, they remain their major source of fresh food although, increasingly, these markets are under threat from the rapid rise of the supermarket. This blog aims to look more closely at what change is happening in traditional fresh food systems and their markets.
In England, these covered, open-air and street markets are traditionally thought of as places that provide affordable, fresh food and, as a consequence, they are often associated with low-income shoppers. However, more recently some are being ‘re-invented’ as places for quality food and attracting more wealthy shoppers looking for an ‘authentic’ shopping experience (you may know Borough Market in London, for example).
I’m interested in asking: what is the place of these types of food markets as feeding urban populations becomes increasingly linked to food security issues? How important is it to maintain these ‘alternative’ systems alongside the closed supply chains of the supermarkets?