Marlborough Communities Market

by Silvana de Soissons6th July 2012

 

Marlborough Communities Market is a new not-for-profit social enterprise scheme, owned and managed by the residents of Marlborough in Wiltshire and the villages around it. It enables new artisanal producers, growers and craftspeople to set up stalls very cheaply {at a cost of just £10} in order to sell their wares to the townfolk on the first Sunday of every month.

The initiative was started by Ellie Gill, who wants to champion local producers and bring the community together. Her endeavours are supported by Transition Network, whose role it is to inspire, encourage, connect, support and train communities as they self-organise around the transition model, creating initiatives that rebuild resilience and reduce CO2 emissions. Transition Marlborough aims to protect the town and the surrounding area from the rising costs of food, energy and transport which are being driven by the global challenges of depleting fossil fuel resources, climate change, and the resultant environmental impacts.

The market opened for the first time on 1st July, when the Town’s Lady Mayor Edwina Fogg cut the inaugural ribbon and the trading began. From cheeses, to charcuterie, fresh meat, foraged greens, teas, olives, breads, mushrooms, plants, flowers, textiles and ice-creams, there was something for everyone across all the price ranges.

The stalls provide an excellent opportunity for consumers to purchase excellent produce at excellent value for money – even a downpour could not stop the buzz, and there is also a café and BBQ sizzling to keep the hunger at bay.

Don’t miss this wonderful initiative, and if you would like to learn more you can go to the website: www.marlboroughmarket.org.ukand www.transitionmarlborough.organd you can also follow the organisers on Twitter: @marlcommunities.

List of Stallholders at the Marlborough Communities Market

The Artisan Bakehouse

Marlborough Mushrooms

Green’s of Glastonbury

Hinton Marsh Farm

Traditional Beef Company

Ramsbury Tea

Hiro

Oxford DelHi

Diane Thomson of When the apricots ripen

Cushions & Throws

Spindlewhorl

SDV plants

Fee’s Bees

Transition Marlborough

Zebra Facepainting

Flag Workshop

Market Cafe

Ray’s Ice-cream

Coffee Gang

Routemonster

About the Author

Silvana de Soissons is the founder of The Foodie Bugle Shop and its journal. You can follow her on Twitter @SilvanadeS and @TheFoodieBugle and on Facebook and Instagram @TheFoodieBugle

 
 
The Artisan Bakehouse

The Artisan Bakehouse

Salads and olives by Oxford DelHi

Salads and olives by Oxford DelHi

Marlborough Mushrooms

Marlborough Mushrooms

Ramsbury Tea

Ramsbury Tea

Fee’s Bees

Fee’s Bees

The Marlborough Communities Market

The Marlborough Communities Market