Balsham Community Market
Church Institute, Church Lane, Balsham
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The Balsham Community Market was an idea back in June 2016 which came into fruition later in the year on the 12th November 2016. It was a roaring success with the Church Institute full to bursting with stall holders and visitors and has been able to hold its own since.
The Balsham Community Market was initially set up as the village had lost the butchers earlier in the year and there was no longer access to fresh meat, vegetables, cheese and other perishables. Also with around 70 new homes being built in the foreseeable future it was thought this would be a great opportunity to start up a market, giving something to the community.
After a year of running, the market keeps on evolving. It’s sole purpose now is mainly to bring friends, family and food together. Local people are able to meet the local farmers and food producers, chat to them about where their food comes from, how it was produced as well as picking up handmade, seasonal, fresh, sustainable, local tasty produce as well as it being a fantastic meeting place to catch up with old and new acquaintances.
The market is held in the Balsham Church Institute, in the afternoon of every second Saturday of every second month. There are 13 food stalls, a handful of craft stalls with a café which is run by Susan Wright who works in the Old Butchers. She serves up a variety of homemade cakes, biscuits as well as cream teas.
You can find lamb;, wild game; lamb charcuterie; bread; eggs; flowers (seasonal) savoury food such as sausage rolls, quiche, pies, etc; cakes; chocolates; preserves; artisan ice cream and sorbet; Greek Food – olives, olive oils, sheep/goats cheese and yoghurts, baklava, hummus, tzatziki, etc; Scandinavian crispbreads; juices; tea; coffee; wild bird food and accessories along with fresh produce from the allotments periodically topped up by the Old Granary Organics fruit and veg shop from Linton.
During the summer months, a small party tent is erected so there could be some additional food stalls along with some craft stalls.
It is proving popular within the village and the local villages with an average of 200 visitors to each market. Everyone loves to shop from the unique food stalls on offer as well as catching up with friends over a cream tea. Recently, I have received a lot of requests for more food stalls. Sadly, I cannot make the market bigger with more food and craft stalls as I am restricted by the size of the Church Institute and its grounds. It also runs in the afternoon as many of our farmers and food producers do attend other markets in the morning.
If you haven’t visited yet, please do pop down. It may be a good excuse just to get out of the house. You don’t have to buy the world, if you just buy one or two things, it will keep things going as well making some stall holders very happy.
All surplus money will be passed onto Balsham’s Parochial Charities. If you feel your charity can benefit from these funds, you will need to apply to the Parochial Charities in writing early next year. They will consider all applications especially those from groups involved with children and young people. They also give some of their funds to the elderly and infirm (via Helping Hands). Please apply to Mr Ian Creek, 6 Trinity Close, Balsham.
Hope to see you very soon.
Future Dates for 2018:
13th January, 10th March, 12th May, 8th September and 10th November 2018
Please note there is no market in July.