Started by Stirchley Happenings, community bakery Loaf, South Birmingham Food Co-op and Birmingham City Council’s Town Centre Partnerships, this weeknight market is still run lovingly by volunteers.
Regular visitor Dave Radcliffe bikes past it on his way home from work and has been visiting since it started in 2010 and keeps up to date with developments via Facebook and Twitter. Dave has his regular fix of bread from Loaf who this month had ‘awesome pain au chocolates’ too. Cheese from Curds and Whey often makes itself into the shopper bag along with ‘the odd plant, pickles and relish, something out of the ordinary’ that he doesn’t see in supermarkets.
In addition, most of the produce is local – except for some of the French cheeses! Dave notes that it’s difficult to compare prices with supermarkets as most of the produce isn’t available there but you are ‘getting something that is different or out of the ordinary’. In any case, the stall holders are all ‘happy to talk through there products and there’s always a good chance of bumping into someone you know. Plus there are food trucks offering up gourmet toasties (Jabberwocky were at the most recent market), or coffee to let people chill out and relax to the tunes being pumped out on the bicycle powered stereo’.
Stirchley Community Market claims to be the first to feature Meatshack and Pop Up Dosa who are both household names for street food fans now. Plus there are arts and crafts stalls which add to the community feel.
If you’re local, you will no doubt already be a regular. For the rest of you, the market is just a short walk from Bournville station. Worth an after work trip to pick up hot snack treats and your groceries on the first Tuesday of the month. 4–8pm at Stirchley United Working Men’s Club, B30 2PP.
Photos courtesy of Market Manager Chris Swann.
With grateful thanks to Dave Radcliffe who you can reach on Twitter via @radclifd