Food markets are everywhere – they are truly ubiquitous. Throughout the world all cities, suburbs, small towns and villages have them. These markets are constantly adapting as we change our shopping habits. News media reports are often filmed on markets. And our politicians think they are the place to be seen and heard when they are campaigning. Once you start looking, there they are: in the media, in fiction, on the tourist map – they are part of the fabric of our everyday lives.
Markets have a place in all our futures. As governments at every level wrestle with issues connected to food security and food planning, markets are a central part of urban design. Going to the market is more than ‘doing the shopping’. What we eat and where we choose to buy it influences the shape of our food systems and it also says a lot about who we are.