We are lucky enough to celebrate another farmers’ market joining the many springing up around Birmingham suburbs – the Jewellery Quarter held their first 24Carrots market on 4th July as part of the Jewellery Quarter Festival.

The market will provide supplies of fresh local produce to the communities of Ladywood. There were 24 stalls on the first market day and lots of visitors to the Jewellery Quarter attended the market in the lovely sunny weather.

Farmers markets offer fresh organic fruit and vegetables and other more exclusive products that are not on your “local” supermarket shelves. All the fresh produce is seasonal and it is grown in the best possible conditions, maximising nutritional content and taste. The time between the moment fruit and vegetables are picked and the moment you eat them is minimal, making them fresher than the supermarket equivalent. And, even better, the middleman is cut out so the farmers profit directly from selling their produce.

The Jewellery Quarter in the heart of Birmingham City Centre, is in a conservation area and is home to over 400 jewellery businesses, specialist wedding retailers, fine restaurants, bars and galleries.   As such it is a thriving commercial centre attracting shoppers from the Birmingham area and beyond. Also there are many residential buildings in the area so the locals will also appreciate the market.

A group of local people, part of the Jewellery Quarter Neighbourhood Forum, set up the market. The aim for the market is that it becomes a fully self-funding social enterprise, providing regular monthly markets throughout the year and other special one-off events that benefit the area and its community. Any and all surpluses will be re-invested back into the development of the market and for the improvement of the area for the benefit of the community.

Hopefully see you at the next market!

Mary Horesh

Further Information

http://24carrots.org.uk/

The calendar for future markets:

Saturday 19 September 2009 

Saturday 17 October 2009

Saturday 21 November 2009

Saturday 5 December 2009