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Excitement over new market
5:24pm Wednesday 25th September 2013 in News
HAVELOCK Square Farmers’ Market is set to launch next Thursday and organisers are looking for more local producers.
The first day of the market coincides with the harvest, and there will be an abundance of fresh vegetables from Styan’s family Produce, Paget’s Veg and Coleshill Organic.
Local favourites Hinton Marsh Farm will be selling their range of beef, pork, lamb and chicken and cooking up sausages, burgers and bacon on the barbecue and there will also be game available from Westcountry Game And Deer.
There will be a good range of baked goods too with La Parisienne providing a great range of locally made French breads and patisserie, Mrs Allison’s bakery with cupcakes and biscuits and Hobbs House Organic bakery with a fabulous range of breads.
There will be cheeses from Glastonbury dairies and preserves from Giles’ Preserves and English wines from Bow in the Cloud vineyard.
Over the coming weeks there will also be a range of local craftsmen and food stalls starting as the market picks up and organisers are keen to offer one free stall every week to local charities and community groups to promote their work.
Kardien Gerbrands, organiser of the Havelock Square Farmers’ Market, said interest had been growing steadily since the market was given the green light last month.
“People will be able to expect a full range of produce, and it is going to be an excellent day,” he said.
“Because we have started in a bit of a hurry, as it has been a month since we got the go-ahead from the council, we have got a lot of people coming on board at later dates.
“There have been a lot of people asking for a new market in the area, because people do not want to travel too far to sell. The market at the Outlet is going very well and has been running for nearly 10 years now.
“If you live in Swindon and you want to know where your food comes from you have now got a really good opportunity twice a week to get really good food.
“I am delighted to be able to bring this market to Swindon, and I am looking forward to getting stuck in. This will be for the long term and even if it starts off slowly we will continue to work at it.
“The town centre should build up quicker than the Outlet because it is right in the heart of Swindon. I am impressed with the town centre in Swindon because it seems to be pretty vibrant, and the market is not duplicating anything now here.”
Kardien is still looking for local traders who fit within the rules of farmers’ markets to come forward, including an egg producer, more dairy and local apples and asks anyone interested to call 07813 943237.
The market will run every Thursday from 9am to 3pm and will be certified by the Farm and Retail Markets Association as a genuine farmers’ market.
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