Farmers Market, Amsterdam
The reason that small independent producers do better on continental Europe is because the infrastructure is there for them. Small local produce markets like this happen all over Holland week after week. They’re a staple. People do their weekly shop at them.
In England farmers markets are a novelty. Usually on once a month and full of unusual, quirky, flamboyant but tasty wares. But not somewhere you could do your weekly shop (not to mention your fridge would be empty 3 weeks in 4).
Maybe we just don’t have the same market culture anymore, or maybe our bad weather makes it impractical. I don’t know. But it’s a shame.