Established in the 1860s, the market was originally held on Saturdays, but was moved to Sundays in order to serve the local Jewish population, for whom Saturday was a holy day.
Nowadays, the market operates Sundays 8am - 2pm, with traders arriving as early as 4 am to set up their stalls. By the time your author arrives, therefore, it is always in full swing, with a vast range of plants, shrubs, bulbs and flowers available at very reasonable prices.
For more information, visit http://columbiaroad.info/flowermarket.html
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