May is for markets, and this year Cambridge Markets will be taking part in the national campaign, Love Your Local Market, running 13 to 27 May.
Last year, nearly 1000 markets took part worldwide and in 2015 the campaign aims to target and encourage the next generation of young market traders. The booming, lyrical cry of a street trader is an entrenched part of British life – and something no-one wants to see die out.
Fortunately, thanks to programmes such as this one, markets have seen something of a revival in recent years, with many of us choosing to seek out fresh, local produce and support our neighbours rather than the supermarkets.
Our own market in Cambridge has been the trading hub of the city for hundreds of years and today remains a bustling centre of colour and activity. It’s the place to go for fresh flowers, vegetables and fish, old books, novelty T-shirts, pretty scarves and jewellery – or just to be surprised. The general market runs from Monday to Saturday, with a craft and artisan foods market taking its place on Sundays.
Around the corner, there’s the All Saint’s Garden Arts and Craft Market, that runs on Saturdays and is a wonderful place to pick up a unique gift. Both run 10am to 4pm. For more about Love Your Local Market 2015, go online.