In the market for customers as farmers' event returns

This Is Wiltshire: Kardien Gerbrands, Coun Emma Faramarzi, Duncan Paget from DS Paget & Co vegetables, In Swindon bid manager Rebecca Rowland and In Swindon chairman Paul Booth at the launch of the market Kardien Gerbrands, Coun Emma Faramarzi, Duncan Paget from DS Paget & Co vegetables, In Swindon bid manager Rebecca Rowland and In Swindon chairman Paul Booth at the launch of the market

A FARMERS market in the town centre is set to relaunch with a reduced number of stalls as the organisers hope to establish stronger roots in the area.

The Havelock Street Farmers’ Market was cancelled for the last two months following poor public support and bad sales forecasts for January.

The weekly market, which takes place every Thursday in Havelock Square, was brought back to the town last October by popular demand, but despite the initial excitement and steady flow of shoppers, stallholders noticed a dramatic drop in trade after the first couple of weeks.

Now Kardien Gerbrands hopes to reinvigorate the market with quality local producers taking part in a mini-market every Thursday from this Thursday, in the hope it will one day grow into a much larger operation.

While the weather has played havoc with farmers’ stocks this winter, as many farms across the UK are still vicitms of flooding, he was keen to stress the produce available would be of the highest quality.

He said: “The weekly town centre Farmers Market returns to Havelock Square this Thursday after the mid-winter lay off with a small but beautiful selection of stalls.

“The unforseen weather means there won’t be any meat this week, with fields sodden and flooded, but there are meat producers gearing up for the market who will be joining shortly.

“We are pleased to be back and we are feeling pretty confident about what’s going to happen in terms of stall numbers. We have six this week but that will expand.

“We hope the market becomes established and we feel it adds a different dimension to what’s in the town centre.”

This week’s market has fresh seasonal vegetables from Paget’s Veg and Styan’s Family farm, plants for the garden and orchids from Styles Nursery, farmhouse cheeses from Glastonbury Dairies, eggs from Beechwood farm, bread and cakes with a French twist from La Parisienne and soaps and beauty products from the Soap Bar Company.

The market will be running every Thursday in the square from 9am to 2.30pm.

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6:35am Tue 25 Feb 14

swindondad says...

When will these people learn that you have to be open when your prospective customer can get to you so if you only open:

"every Thursday in the square from 9am to 2.30pm"

You will not get any custom from the vast majority of the population as they are too busy at work.
When will these people learn that you have to be open when your prospective customer can get to you so if you only open: "every Thursday in the square from 9am to 2.30pm" You will not get any custom from the vast majority of the population as they are too busy at work. swindondad

9:53am Tue 25 Feb 14

Chowmai says...

swindondad wrote:
When will these people learn that you have to be open when your prospective customer can get to you so if you only open:

"every Thursday in the square from 9am to 2.30pm"

You will not get any custom from the vast majority of the population as they are too busy at work.
I have to agree
[quote][p][bold]swindondad[/bold] wrote: When will these people learn that you have to be open when your prospective customer can get to you so if you only open: "every Thursday in the square from 9am to 2.30pm" You will not get any custom from the vast majority of the population as they are too busy at work.[/p][/quote]I have to agree Chowmai

6:16pm Tue 25 Feb 14

SAM2WIN says...

swindondad wrote:
When will these people learn that you have to be open when your prospective customer can get to you so if you only open:

"every Thursday in the square from 9am to 2.30pm"

You will not get any custom from the vast majority of the population as they are too busy at work.
Totally agree. The only people who can visit the market are OAPs & those on benefits.
I will continue to travel to Marlborough,on Saturdays, when I want a market !
[quote][p][bold]swindondad[/bold] wrote: When will these people learn that you have to be open when your prospective customer can get to you so if you only open: "every Thursday in the square from 9am to 2.30pm" You will not get any custom from the vast majority of the population as they are too busy at work.[/p][/quote]Totally agree. The only people who can visit the market are OAPs & those on benefits. I will continue to travel to Marlborough,on Saturdays, when I want a market ! SAM2WIN

6:18pm Tue 25 Feb 14

SAM2WIN says...

swindondad wrote:
When will these people learn that you have to be open when your prospective customer can get to you so if you only open:

"every Thursday in the square from 9am to 2.30pm"

You will not get any custom from the vast majority of the population as they are too busy at work.
Totally agree. The only people who can visit the market are OAPs & those on benefits.
I will continue to travel to Marlborough,on Saturdays, when I want a market !
[quote][p][bold]swindondad[/bold] wrote: When will these people learn that you have to be open when your prospective customer can get to you so if you only open: "every Thursday in the square from 9am to 2.30pm" You will not get any custom from the vast majority of the population as they are too busy at work.[/p][/quote]Totally agree. The only people who can visit the market are OAPs & those on benefits. I will continue to travel to Marlborough,on Saturdays, when I want a market ! SAM2WIN

6:20pm Tue 25 Feb 14

SAM2WIN says...

sorry for double post . S A rejected my log in , Then posted it twice.
sorry for double post . S A rejected my log in , Then posted it twice. SAM2WIN

6:46am Wed 26 Feb 14

swindondad says...

There is a Farmers Market at the outlet village on a Sunday but it never seems to get a "shout out",

http://www.swindonwe
b.com/event/?m=40&s=
0&ss=0&c=6328
There is a Farmers Market at the outlet village on a Sunday but it never seems to get a "shout out", http://www.swindonwe b.com/event/?m=40&s= 0&ss=0&c=6328 swindondad

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