Agriculture and Food
Farmers’ markets prepare to open in Gloucester and Stroud
After weeks of closure due to lockdown the Gloucester and Stroud farmers’ markets are due to return to the county’s streets.
Organisers of the popular markets which bring together an army of traders selling some of the county’s finest food, drink, crafts and more are busy working out the small print as you read this.
Plans for its market in Stow-on-the-Wold in the Cotswolds are also afoot.
“We had to close everything at the start of the pandemic and re-think,” said KardienGerbrands, of Fresh-n-Local Farmers’ Markets which runs the business.
“We have run a food hub, but we closed the market on March 21. That was the last one.
“The food hub has been run by 14 to 15 volunteers and allowed some of the producers to keep selling their produce.
“Others, who have been able to quickly adjust to box deliveries direct to customers have actually been doing quite well.
“I think to start with people went to the supermarkets, but when they struggled to get home delivery as that got busier, and they were not going to restaurants and wanted something good to eat they started looking towards local suppliers.”
All of which, he said, boded well for the future. It had allowed many of the traders to stay in business and develop another revenue stream.
Most of the regular traders are expected at both markets, with Gloucester with its wider streets and fewer traders, lending itself better to Government guidelines on social distancing.
How Stroud Farmers’ Market would work, and whether the first market would be able to accommodate every trader who wanted to attend, was still being worked out.
Much of its success, he said, would depend on how many attended and how everyone was able to manage social distancing to ensure enough stock was sold, queues flowed and everyone remained safe.
Gloucester Farmers Market is due to take place on Friday, June 19. Stroud is due for Saturday, June 20. No date has been set yet for Stow-on-the-Wold.