Wednesday 15th April 2015

Quite an exciting week up ahead on the vegetable front market fans.

Over farm will have their Asparagus in stock so supplies will be plentiful and good value. They will also have the first tomatoes of the season. There’s been a lot of very nice purple sprouting around as well recently and with cauliflowers, organic lettuces, baby carrots and still plenty of decent potatoes and roots around the veg scene is looking like the seasons. One day its hot and you fancy a salad and the next day its freezing in the wind, as it was at the market last week, and you want pie, roasters and veg.

We have a new stall starting this Saturday; Leafy Produce Dried Kale Crisps in the Cotswolds. Local Co-founders, Georgie and James, saw the opportunity to bring a snack product to market that was actually nourishing for your body, unlike other bagged snacks.  Leafy will be launching two flavours at Stroud farmers market; vine ripened tomato & oregano and sea salt & olive oil.  Their kale is dried at low temperatures and in small batches to retain all the goodness. So now you’ll be able to get a beer and a bag of (kale!) crisps at the market, or perhaps they would sit better with a bottle of Bow in the Cloud bubbly?

Elsewhere it’s pretty busy this Saturday with a lot of occasional stalls; the Potted Game Company (should be there!); Cloth and Clay; In a Spin; Severn Spots, Gloucester Old Spot hams, handmade salamis and chorizo; Tortworth Plants for the Garden; David’s Chilli Oils; The Soap Bar; Hillside Brewery; Bath Soft Cheese.

We are also delighted to welcome back Andrew of the Lavender Garden who was back a fortnight ago. What a market stalwart he is! He has been attending from April to October for many years and his Lavender and Herb stall is renowned for the incredible variety of Lavenders and other butterfly attracting plants such as Buddleja he grows at the Kingscote Nursery.