By Rickie This week’s local market feature is on Kings Norton Farmers' Market which is about to celebrate its 100th appearance in September 2013. Reportedly the first CIC Farmers Market in the country, it was set up by volunteers and has raised £thousands for charity.
Regular, Tim Parsons who drives to shop at many of the city’s markets with his dog Harry, gives us a flavour.
Bizarrely, Tim found out about the market in a feature he read in the Independent newspaper and now picks up a regular stockpile of bread, cheese, cordials and oils each month. Loving the friendly, uplifting atmosphere at Kings Norton, he also makes a beeline for Kneals who supply ‘the best chocolate!’ Plus there is the delightfully named Cuffufle for jams and Sarah Edward’s Cakes/Blueberry Hill Patisserie.
Kings Norton Farmers' Market organisers say the traders all come from within a 40 mile radius of Birmingham although Tim delights in the fact that some traders ‘sell all sorts of provenance which is why they are so good!’
If buying here means paying a few pence more ‘it's not an issue’ as to ‘buy food from the producer, talk about their passion and ambition' is worth it 'for the privilege!’
Kings Norton Farmer's Market offers a community stall free of charge to local organisations and it takes place on the second Saturday of each month on The Green, Kings Norton B38 8RU. More information here
With thanks to Tim Parsons and Harry the dog. You can spot the pair at various local food markets or contact via Twitter @tmpars7
Photos courtesy of Kings Norton Farmers' Market and Tim Parsons.