Friday, 7 November 2014

Our Fine Market

Norwich has had a market in the same spot for over 900 years, that's pretty remarkable really. I went to speak to stall holders about the market and what it means to them, recently there has been talk of losing it as stalls stand empty and I wanted to investigate, we simply can't lose it!


There's everything you expect on the market, fruit and veg, great cheese, excellent locally sourced meats, lots of lovely vintage stalls.. and some things you don't. Make Some Noise is a fairly new stall (for a 900 year old market anyway) they offer musical equipment for sale, repair, swap or hire, as well as events etc. We chatted a bit about the cost of the stalls; which are very reasonable, this has allowed Mr.Bushell to become a business owner, he sees his stall as a stepping stone to having his own premises.




Other newcomers include Cupcake and Co, we have mentioned how great these guys are before but we love how they have transformed their stall into a little patch of beauty. The cakes are all splendid looking AND delicious, it's so hard to choose (take kids at your peril).
Artisan bread company Bread Source have a stall opposite and I couldn't resist an award winning baguette, they smelt amazing and I can confirm they taste amazing too! They said the market offers a more personal shopping experience, sellers can get to know their customers, and they like that.
The market is a community place, a place to make friends and meet people. It would be great to get some younger people involved, maybe with pop up stalls or school projects. The stalls could also be used as workshops, it would be great to see potters and painters etc working, and be able to chat to them and be inspired.
We need to be proud of our historic market and use it, even one trip a week to get something you'd usually buy at a supermarket would make a big difference to local businesses and our city.


Ruth



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  1. this looks brilliant , what day, I really like this , can you find vintage levis there?

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