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Farmers’ market gives boost to Whitchurch high street

The crowds came out and the sun shone down on Cardiff’s newest farmers’ market.

Local traders in the suburb of Whitchurch came up with the idea to ask the RCMA Social Enterprise, which already runs successful markets in Riverside and Rhiwbina, to stage the market in a bid to boost footfall to their shops.

It launched today in the car park of The Three Elms pub, on Merthyr Road, as part of a three-month trial.

And if the first day is anything to go by, it looks like it might be here for the foreseeable future.

That is the view of Gareth Simpson, Enterprise Development Manager at RCMA. “It was a very good first day,” he said. “We had lots of customers who stopped in on their way to the high street from the Common, and they returned on the way back.

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“The idea was for it to connect with the community and I think it has done so. The traders who have attended all seem to be pleased with their takings too.

“It’s great to be part of helping Whitchurch keep its high street vibrant.  This initiative is extra special as it has come at the request of many local businesses to add to the offer locally and will hopefully increase the footfall and profile of the village.  I’m sure this will be one of several ideas the community will adopt in future. And if it continues as it did today, it will be good to roll.”

There were around 13 stalls, selling everything from fruit and vegetables to savouries and free range eggs.

Bev Davidson, who owns Deli A Go Go in Whitchurch, an Echo Food and Drink winner, had a stall at the market, representing the local high street. “It was a great success and a lovely new addition to our high street,” she said. “We were there to bridge the gap between local business and the stallholders and we were really pleased with the interest. A lot of people said they would be coming back next week.”

  • For a three-month trial the market will take place every Wednesday outside The Three Elms pub in Whitchurch.

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