Published: 16 May, 2013
• FOR many years, we had an excellent Camden fruit and vegetable market in Inverness Street.
Over the years, pitches have been taken over by more and more stalls selling tourist items.
By the end of last year, there was just one large family group running two stalls, with no separate fruit stall left.
Today when I went to Inverness Street, I was surprised and disappointed to see a large empty space. On a tip-off, I went on to Carol Street, but discovered there only a wholesale operation.
Camden fruit and veg market was a source of excellent value products, ingredients for a healthy diet at reasonable prices and patronised by a very diverse group of residents.
It is true prices have risen recently but, as with supermarkets, this is a factor outside the stallholders’ control.
I remember asking Camden officers a few years ago why fruit and veg stalls paid higher rents than other stalls, and I was told that there was more cleaning up. Does this take into account the rubbish generated by all the tourists who frequent Camden Market?
I hope that the market stalls have not been driven out by ever-increasing rents.
We seem to have lost a valuable feature of Camden Town. I will have to see if Queen’s Crescent market offers the same variety as Inverness Street did.
DEIRDRE KRYMER, NW5