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Why visit an artisan market?
What makes an artisan market the best shopping experience? Is it the traders themselves, the variety of items and the interesting stories behind them, the atmosphere? Probably all those ingredients, added to which are our changing lifestyles that make us more conscious of what we buy and where it comes from, its quality, locally sourced etc. Is this an outcome of Brexit? Probably not, it’s about us being more aware and better informed about how we can make a change. From providing the best possible start for our youngsters with fresh, good quality produce to buying local art and crafts, it’s the perfect opportunity to make a difference and, what’s more, enable everyone to enjoy the whole experience.
The increasing range of markets is allowing us more freedom of choice on where to visit, but where do we go? how do we get there? when are they held? and what will we find when we get there? You will find answers to all these questions on our website, pedddle.com. It will remove those uncertainties when you wake up on that week-end morning of where to visit or what to do. Knowing that it will be fresh, maybe even ‘freezing’, but when you arrive at one of the markets the buzz of live music, the voices of chirpy stall-holders, the street food and their appetising smells all aid in creating the unique atmosphere that will help to lighten one’s spirits and blow away the cobwebs!
‘All much of a muchness’, “Too far to travel!” Pedddle.com tells you about Markets with a Difference in Cheshire, Staffordshire and Lancashire with the view to spread across the country. In Cheshire, the Rode Hall Farmers’ and Craft Market boasts a market and a walk in the grounds of their country estate and, to complete a worthwhile day, a visit to the beautiful café with a log-burner! My family plans to pay a visit on March 4th when the walk will be lined with massed snow drops.
At Cuerden Valley Park in Lancashire, there is a market on the fourth Sunday of every month, AND 650 acres of parkland to explore and enjoy!
We are seeing more themed markets, such as mini-vegan festivals and evening markets. With the craft beer industry booming just now and a widening desire to eat healthily, these evening markets with their freshly-prepared meals and various drink-sellers are proving very popular. They are becoming a social occasion too. Interested in this type of market? Why not visit Levenshulme Night Market which recommences on March 17th. On a recent visit to Northern Quarter Makers Market with some friends in the summer, it was really lovely to see whole families out enjoying the music and food. Following a mooch around the stalls and making some spontaneous purchases, we went to watch the entertainment and enjoy our food! My choice was the fab Turkish-inspired street-food by Stomping Grounds, as I adore haloumi and all the flavours which his dishes offer. This particular market seems a million miles away from the busy city centre in its own little market wilderness, with the hum from the traders at their stalls, selling their wares and sharing their stories/inspiration behind each product and customers mulling over decisions with partners and/or friends.
Any readers who, like me, are at their indecisive worst when contemplating a purchase? If the ‘shall I, shan’t I?’ bug plagues you then here’s another helpful aspect of pedddle.com, if I dithered and made no purchase from one of these markets, I experience that elusive peace of mind, knowing that I can find all the necessary information on this website, contact the trader, place my order and return to collect the item(s) at a later date and all without the worry of missing receipts or mislaid business cards! Many of our traders also have online shops or are linked to Etsy & Folksy, larger online retailers for crafters. We can direct customers through to these sites for our traders pages to make a purchase if you are in more of a hurry.
Finally, another answer to the big WHY MARKETS Question. I don’t have to settle for some high-street brand, or some meaningless gift from Amazon. Such outlets still hold a huge place in our ‘last-minute’ lifestyle, but, whether by chance, or the ‘just what I’ve been looking for’ gift with a fascinating history all of its own, it brings that spontaneous look of delight as it’s opened. A hand-made, hand-chosen present with that special appeal that shows on the face of the recipient and glows in the heart of the giver. Expecting higher prices, I gave it a try last Christmas, but to my surprise it was no more expensive, but much more exciting.
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