Can Cook, Must Cook

The food adventures of Franka P, a Trinidadian journalist living in London, UK. I'll write about my forays into all types of food and cooking, particularly Caribbean food. I'll also review books and recipes by the leading food writers and talk about the issues making headlines in the gastronomic world.

Sunday, May 07, 2006

Why markets are really important

Provisions at Shepherds Bush MarketIf you love markets, you probably understand how important the market is in the life of a town or city, both economically and socially.
This week, The Food Programme on BBC Radio 4 does a timely and interesting exploration of the importance of the market as it relates to British life.
Borough Market is 250 years old and is one of the most popular in the capital but how are markets in other parts of the UK doing, especially in the face of the powerful supermarket chains?
I felt that so many of the issues in this programme are also applicable to the Caribbean, where it seems that we're losing touch with the food we're eating.

Sheila Dillon went to Bradford Market, where the city's council is revitalising the market and the vendors are reaping the rewards.
I listened to this programme twice, because the role of markets is one link in the chain of issues considered by food lovers today - seasonality and locality.
The programme also underlines the role of markets have in social interaction and for helping people to appreciate where their food comes from. If you go to the supermarket you can get the variety, but the shop attendant doesn't have a clue about what you'll be eating except that it comes from the distribution centre in Milton Keynes!
Check out
The Food Programme, it's a great listen.

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