Farmers’ market launches in Cardiff city centre

August 4, 2011 4 Comments »
Farmers’ market launches in Cardiff city centre

The Castle Quarter Farmers’ Market on High Street in Cardiff was officially launched today, offering shoppers a wide variety of freshly made food.

Hungry customers and curious tourists clustered around the 16 stalls – and the food on offer didn’t disappoint, with French crêpes, Indian cuisine and duck burgers being cooked up for eager customers.

There were even four clucking hens held in a wire cage next to a free-range egg stall to draw interest from customers.

Cardiff’s Deputy Lord Mayor, Jayne Cowan, officially opened the market by cutting a red ribbon hung between two end-of-row stalls.

Speaking at the launch, the Rhiwbina councillor said the market would be a boost for businesses in the city centre.

She said: “I think it will bring people into the city. Because the food here is organic and local, it’s something different and it will add to the city – This is just something special.

“Looking around here, you can buy an evening meal, your fresh fruit and salads, or you can just buy a crêpe. Markets can work in communities and we just hope this can go from strength to strength.”

The market will be held every Thursday morning between 11am and 3pm for an initial 12-week trial period.

RCMA Social Enterprise has organised the project. It has set up various farmers’ markets across Cardiff over the years, including markets in Rhiwbina, Riverside, and Llandaff North.

Steve Garrett, founding director and special projects manager at the organisation, said: “It has been a really encouraging response so far. The weather was a bit questionable but it’s all come out really nicely.

“The market is about bringing people back to this part of the town. We are working with the council to make the high street buzz again. And food is part of why people come to Wales, so let’s celebrate it.”

Tee Sandhu, who helps run his family’s Indian food business Samosaco, was one of the stallholders at the market.

The 24-year-old, of Pontyclun, said: “I love it – Farmers’ markets are absolutely fantastic for getting a new company name out there, and every market is different.”


Some of the diverse foods available every week at the new Castle Quarter Farmers’ Market:

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  1. tom August 4, 2011 at 2:45 pm - Reply

    "There were even four clucking hens held in a wire cage next to a free-range egg stall to draw interest from customers."

    Did you seriously just write that?

  2. Tony Harding August 4, 2011 at 7:14 pm - Reply

    Hello Steve,

    It would have been nice if you had mentioned The Indoor Market In your article.

    Tony Harding, Hon. Sec. CCMTA.

  3. Wyn August 4, 2011 at 10:39 pm - Reply

    Can someone please enlighten me about the local and organic credentials of these foods? Do we grow chickpeas for the falafels in Wales? Or buckwheat? what about all the other ingredients? Lot of overpriced nonsense if you ask me

    • pedant August 7, 2011 at 11:33 pm - Reply

      At least one of the stalls was offering locally sourced and homemade jams and chutneys using jars collected and recycled from the Cardiff area – does that qualify?

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