AUG 00] RUGBY
BOROUGH COUNCIL NEWS
Rugby Joins The Farmers' Market Bandwagon
Rugby is the latest
town to join the craze for farmers’ markets, where traders can sell
local produce and shoppers know they are putting money into the local
The events are well
established in south Warwickshire, running on a rota in Kenilworth,
Warwick, Leamington and Stratford, and so there is one every weekend.
Now Rugby is joining
in, but going for a weekday - running from 9am to 2pm on the fourth
Thursday of each month.
The first will be
held on 24 August. Organisers pledge the ‘freshest produce
available’ will be on sale.
The goods on offer
will range from fruit and vegetables to wine and cheeses. The new
market is being operated by Town and Country and is accredited by
Warwickshire Farmers’ Markets.
Robin Richter, the
town centre manager, said:
“We believe the
people of Rugby will support this market. It is an excellent
opportunity to give backing to local farmers and we hope it will
breathe life back into the market area.”
coordinator for Warwickshire Farmers’ Markets, said:
“We are very
excited about this new market. We have had a lot of interest from
local people and we are sure that will be a great success.
“As the produce
is coming straight from the farmer, it will be good quality and very
Only local people can
sell at the farmers markets. The rules say the product or produce must
originate within 30 miles of the market venue.
The town has already
a general market in the Gas Street area on Mondays, Fridays and
Saturdays. Traders have been pushing for some time for a move to the
busier streets around the Clock Tower.