Following her research into local sourcing for Communities Living Sustainably in Dorset last year, Tamsin Chandler started a drive to bring a new food market to the town. The research for CLS revelead a disconnect in our local food system: the biggest problem food producers face is getting their produce to the public, while the public are keen to buy locally produced foods but don’t know where to find them.
“I put two and two together and spoke to lots of people,” says Tamsin. “Everyone agreed a weekly food market would be great for producers, shoppers and the town so I set about making it happen. We have a ridiculous amount of great food producers in the area and my dream is to have an almost entirely local food market.”
This Easter Sunday the local community food market launches in The Cattle Market, St Michael’s Estate, trading from 9am till 3pm. Wherever possible, Bridport Food Market will host growers, farmers and producers within a 12 mile radius and be genuinely representative of the food being produced in or near Bridport from small scale growers such as hobby-farmers, allotmenteers and smallholders right up to more established, successful brands. Quality and variety will be the primary focus, along with affordability and accessibility for all.
Bridport Food Market addresses a clear need and will deliver several benefits including:
- providing local growers, farmers & producers of all sizes affordable access to customers
- Offering a viable alternative to supermarkets when people do their weekly food shop
- Creating employment opportunities
- Adding to Bridport’s already popular and vibrant reputation as an important market town
- Drawing footfall to St Michael’s Estate & its resident Sunday trading businesses
- Boosting Bridport’s reputation as a ‘foodie town’ within the flourishing British food & drink market
Tamsin Chandler m: 07834 547 880 e: firstname.lastname@example.org w: bridportfoodmarket.co.uk