Popular Essex Farmers Market will close ‘for a few months’ due to lack of demand

An Essex farmers’ market will close “for a few months” due to lack of demand, organizers have said. Leigh Farmers Market in Southend-on-Sea will host its June market, but it will be the last for several months.

In an update released this month, organizers and merchants say they have decided to shut down the market indefinitely. They wrote: ‘Unfortunately, due to the reduced number of stalls and people attending in recent months, the June market will be the last for a few months.

The update says a focus group is being set up by representatives from the current Regular Merchants and Leigh Town Council to discuss the best way forward. They say they hope to revive the market in the fall.

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The update continues: “Merchants would like to thank all of our customers for their loyalty in the past and assure you of our intention to continue to supply our customers in the meantime and in the future. We believe passionately that this market has an important role to play in the local community, especially in today’s global climate where some food shortages are a certainty and where buying local can have such a positive impact on the environment.

“The Marketplace has historically proven to be a fantastic help for small, local food vendors who can discuss their product (and their passion) with the community and gain valuable feedback as their business grows.”

The Leigh Farmers Market is held on the third Friday of each month at the Leigh Community Center between 9am and 1pm. The last farmers market will be held on June 17.

James V. Payne