Since June 2010, Long Ashton has had it’s own monthly village market on the first Saturday of every month, in the Village Hall, from 9.30-1pm.
The market continues to grow in popularity, and now attracts a large number of local people buying locally grown, reared or made food and crafts, including seasonal and organic, all produced within a 30 mile radius.
Stall holders include local food and craft businesses selling vegetables, meat, fish, cheese and bread, and Long Ashton residents selling homemade cakes, jams, pickles, plants and crafts. In addition, on market days the LA café is open in the Club Room, selling a range of drinks, delicious homemade cakes and snacks.
There has been steady demand for stalls, in particular from local crafts people. In response the market has tried to bring in new stalls on a regular basis, to provide something new each month, and to allow as many stall holders as possible to sell their produce.
We have special events to showcase local crafts people demonstrating their skills, including cider making, wool spinning, and textile making.
For children there is often face painting, as well as the adventure playground nearby.
There is a community stall available free of charge and available for any local community groups to use to promote their activities and/or fundraising. So far this has been used by the Transition Long Ashton ‘Energy group’ to promote home insulation and renewable energy systems for heating, hot water, and electricity generation.
The market has also been lucky enough to have the talents of local musicians playing at the market. We would welcome anyone who would like to help further with this.
Money raised from the village market will be used to buy outdoor stall awnings so we can have some outdoor stalls during the summer months.., and to fund a local reuseable bag project.
The market also has its own website at www.longashtonvillagemarket.co.uk where you can find out the latest market news and stall application forms & market guidelines for anyone wanting to have a stall at the market.
The next market will be on Saturday March 5th 2011 – hope to see you there!
For more information about the market or about hiring a stall, contact the Market Co-ordinators by email via the website.