There was a bit of a scare this week, when on Wednesday afternoon I heard the terrible news that Birmingham City Council’s Highways department had decided not to renew Kings Norton Farmers Market with their road closure license, and therefore the market was faced with either finding a new venue or closing altogether. A flurry of tweets, blogs, letters and emails were written to local councillors and MP’s, and on Wednesday evening came the brilliant news that there had been a ‘communication error’ in the Highways department, and the market would get it’s license renewed after all. Phew, nothing to panic about after all then, but the debacle certainly did show how passionately people feel about their market, and how desperate we are to keep it. It’s my most local farmers market, so I try to get down there when I can and support some of the great local producers that do the market – the likes of Lightwoods Cheese, Harvest of Arden preserves, and Augernik Fruit Farm.
It’s market day tomorrow Saturday 9th January, so it’s a great chance to battle through the ice and snow and show your support to the market! According to Duncan’s farmers market blog there’s a slightly reduced line up tomorrow, but there’s still plenty to choos from, and hot food on offer to warm the cockles. See you there tomorrow!