Tuesday, 8 November 2011
Saltaire Farmers' Market
For several years now, Saltaire has had a Farmers' Market on the Caroline Street car park. It's held on the third Saturday every month and sells a range of local and home made produce - seasonal organic fruit and vegetables, meat and sausages, cheeses, pickles, bread, eggs, honey, jams and preserves, flowers and herbs. Sadly the size of the market has steadily diminished and I believe its future is under review by the local Council who organise it.
It's such a great idea but I personally harbour a lot of guilt that I don't actually use it much - even though I believe it is A Good Thing. Why don't I? Well, for a start I can never remember which Saturday it's open and by the time I'm up and out on a Saturday, they tend to be packing up! From that point of view I'm sure it would do better if it were a weekly market. For another thing, it's not especially cheap... sure, you get what you pay for in terms of quality but I do have to watch my budget. Thirdly there's only me, so I don't have a large weekly shop and some of the stuff it sells I hardly ever eat (meat, bread [ie: wheat], preserves, pickles). There is a regular (ordinary) market not far away in Shipley and a big supermarket too, so convenient. I tend to shop on a Friday night to leave the weekend free and like to plan my menus, rather than just going along to 'see what they have this week'. I know, I ought to make the effort. Despite my non-patronage, I do hope the Farmers' Market continues and grows stronger. Ventures like that 'fit' with Saltaire somehow and ought to be a good thing for the village as a whole.