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RCMA Newsletter (No.19) - Spring/Summer 2013
Welcome to RCMA Cardiff Farmers' Markets Newsletter

Providing updates, reminders and news for Riverside, Roath, Rhiwbina and St Mary St markets.

Please do scroll down for stallholder news, upcoming events, photographs and initiatives.

Market Times as usual
Every Friday (10am - 1pm)

Butcher's Arms, Heol y Felin, Rhiwbina CF14 6NB.

Every Saturday (9:30am - 1pm) - Includes Roath Craft Market

Mackintosh Sports Club, Keppoch St, Roath CF24 3JW.

Every Sunday (10am - 2pm)

Fitzhamon Embankment, opp Millennium Stadium CF11 6AN.

St Mary Street Market
New Farmers Market - Whitchurch

Launches July 17th.

A new farmers market for Cardiff is being launched by RCMA Social Enterprise in Whitchurch on the 17th July bringing fresh local produce to another of the city's communities.

For a three month trial the market will take place every Wednesday outside The Three Elms pub in Whitchurch. The market came about through collaboration between the current shop owners in Whitchurch and RCMA, the organisation behind Riverside, Roath and Rhiwbina Farmers' Markets. The aim of the market is to bring fresh produce to the area in an exciting way, while also hopefully increasing footfall for the shops that are permanent fixtures in Whitchurch.

Philip and Dave with Odin and Taff

The market is all part of an initiative to encourage people to be enthusiastic about their local high street. Naomi Gropetis, who runs the Village Kitchen & Bar and Top Gun fish and chip shop in Whitchurch was one of the key traders in approaching RCMA Social Enterprise regarding a farmers market in the area. She said of this initiative;

"Whitchurch does feel vibrant, but it is definitely not as busy as it has been in the past, and many businesses are suffering from a decrease in numbers and high rent and rates. We have a manageress who has worked here for more than 25 years and she can remember a time when you couldn't walk down the street without bumping into people. As Mary Portas says, sitting back and doing nothing is not an option and we have to get across to people that it is use us or lose us."

Gareth Simpson, Enterprise Development Manager at RCMA said of the market "It's great to be part of helping Whitchurch keep its High Street vibrant. This initiative is extra special as it has come at the request of many local businesses to add to the offer locally and hopefully increase the footfall and profile of the village. I'm sure this will be one of several ideas the community will adopt in future."

The Farmers' Market will take a similar structure to those found in other parts of Cardiff bringing produce such as vegetables, cheeses, olives, eggs, cooked meats, preserves, pies, breads, cakes, and spices. The Market will happen from 10am - 2pm every Wednesday for three months, with aspirations to hopefully extend if the market is well supported and becomes part of community life.

Market Traders
Roath Market continues to grow!

Roath Market is excited to announce that as an addition to the growing market they will now play host to a fishmonger once a month. In recent months Roath Market has gained several new additions taking the number of stalls up to 14 most weeks, offering the best in local produce and delicious treats perfect for the weekend.

The latest addition is Lee Harrison better known as The Flying Fishmonger, and although new to Roath has been a regular at Riverside Market for a number of years. Lee strives to source line caught fish, handpicked shellfish and wild fish from sustainable managed fisheries from Welsh and other British shores and so he not only comes to the market with the best fish possible he also helps to promote the growth of fish stocks in the UK.

Lee comes to the markets following over 15 years of catering and hospitality experience so whether you are looking to try something new or just find a new way of cooking a classic dish he will always be happy to suggest the best ways of cooking and preparing your fish.

Lee is just one example of a number of stalls who have recently begun trading at the market including Field Bar Wine, My Own Curry and The Pits BBQ.

Roath Market would like to thank its customers for making it such a success as without them we never would have been able to continue as a market which provides such a wide range of local produce.

The Flying Fishmonger will next be at Roath Market on 13th July, fortnightly at Rhiwbina Market (21/6/2013) and at Riverside Market every Sunday.

Ty Mawr Vegetables - Recent Changes

Due to recent problems with the price being paid for our organic milk against rising costs, we have taken the hard decision to take the farm out of organic production.

This is not because we have changed our mind, in any way, about the benefits of farming organically - we still feel this is the best way for the countryside to be managed, and we will continue to grow the veg in an organic manner but without certification. It does, however, mean that we will no longer be able to sell our vegetables as certified organic.

Philip plans to cut back on his involvement with the dairy cows and concentrate on growing the vegetables we sell at the markets.

Philip and Dave with Odin and Taff

He will be happy to answer any questions you may have, and we hope you will continue to buy and enjoy our tasty, fresh seasonal vegetables in the future.

Our Website www.ty-mawr-veg.co.uk
Email orders@ty-mawr-veg.co.uk

Avril's Country Kitchen - Jar Appeal

Avril of Avril's Country Kitchen has asked us to put out a quick message to her customers. She is now in the process of trying to recycle more of the jars that her preserves and chutneys come in, so it would be great if when you have finished your lovely purchases from her you take the jars back to her when you go to restock.

Avril is at Roath Market every other Saturday and Riverside Market every Sunday.

Read More... - Thank you!

Avril and Jamie - Riverside Market
Award Winning Pies at Rhiwbina Market

Rhiwbina Farmers' Market will now be selling another award winning product following Seasons Farm Foods winning 3 prizes at this year's British Pie Awards. The awards which were announced earlier this month identified the best pies in Britain, it is great news for Seasons Farm Foods who were amongst those honoured with a title as their pies are made in Llantrisant using only the best in local produce.

Seasons Farm Foods won a Gold Award for their Chicken, Ham, and Leek Pie and Bronze Awards for their Steak and Ale Pie and Minted Lamb with Vegetables Pie, all of which are regularly available every Friday at Rhiwbina Farmers' Market from 10am - 1pm at The Butchers Arms.

Riverside Spring Day Success!

Amanda Rees started Season Farm Foods in 2009 producing pies at home on her farm in Llantrisant using the meat from the farm as much as possible said of this recent win "I was absolutely thrilled at winning the awards especially at such a prestigious event. I get very good feedback from my customers, many of whom come back week after week. This coupled with the awards has given me extra enthusiasm to really push ahead with the business"

Seasons Farm Foods are a key part of Rhiwbina Farmer's Market which happens every Friday from 10am to 1pm at The Butchers Arms, Heol y Felin.

Customer Blog

Why Farmers Markets are Awesome - A Spring Visit

I'd be an absolute liar if I didn't tell you how much I love Waitrose and Sainsbury's makes the cut as my second favourite. However, if there's the option, buying from a farmers' market / farm shop will always win out.


Why Farmers Markets are Awesome
Pop Up RCMA Guest Market @ Llandaff North Festival -
Gwyl Ystum Taf.
Friday 28 June, 3.30-6.30 pm at Llandaff North Community Centre, Hawthorn Road opp. Steiner School CF14 2LR
Pop Up Guest Market @ Llandaff North Festival
Photo Gallery

Each month we would like to feature some photos of life at your local market.

Please feel free to send your market photos in with a short description or caption telling us about them.


Riverside Market
Riverside Commuity Garden
Sam wins Green Volunteer of the Year

We would like to congratulate and send a huge thank you to Sam Holt our volunteer Garden Manager at Riverside Community Garden Project.

On the 6th June Sam was presented with an award for 2013 Wales Volunteer of the Year in the Green category for his work at our community garden. Sam is a key figure in the organisation of the community garden and ensures that our band of garden volunteers are looked after during the two days of the week that it is open.

Graham Benfield OBE, Chief Executive of WCVA said of the awards "We are proud to have in Wales a wealth of dedicated volunteers who give selflessly of their spare time to making a huge difference in the communities in which they live", this is something at RCMA we see the effect of daily so we would like to extend our thank you to not only Sam but also all of our volunteers.

Philip and Dave with Odin and Taff

Riverside Community Garden provides a place where people can learn how to grown their own food in a sociable and supportive environment. The project is currently recruiting new volunteers, particularly from Riverside to learn the basics of growing your own food on our lovely allotment plot at Pontcanna allotments. The allotment is open every Wednesday and Friday throughout the year.

For more information please email: isla@riversidemarket.org.uk

Riverside Spring Day Success!

Last weekend saw over a hundred Riverside residents come out to join Riverside Community Garden Project for a Spring Planting Day in Clare Gardens.

The event organised by Riverside Community Garden Project aimed to provide the people of Riverside with a chance to give growing their own food a go by offering to give people chance to create their own edible hanging basket. The family day of planting also offered the chance for children to create their own planters and baskets too and was a fun day for all involved.

The Riverside Community Garden volunteers helped to plant 100s of plants with visitors to Clare Gardens on the day day including chillies, strawberries, tumbling tomatoes, herbs, and lots of bright flowers. The day saw 100s of plants, 90 hanging baskets and over 500 litres of compost donated to the Riverside community.

The event would not have been possible without the help of the Riverside Community Garden volunteers and the events sponsors SW Neighbourhood Management Fund (Cardiff Council), Awards for All, South Riverside Communities First, and Vision 21. RCMA Social Enterprise and Riverside Community Garden Project would like to thank all of their volunteers for their time and effort to make days like this possible within the Riverside community.

The day was considered a great success by all with many of the visitors staying all afternoon to enjoy the sun and the free tea, coffee, and home-made scones on offer.

Riverside Community Garden project is currently recruiting new volunteers, particularly from Riverside to learn the basics of growing your own food on our lovely allotment plot at Pontcanna allotments. The allotment is open every Wednesday and Friday throughout the year.

For more information please email: isla@riversidemarket.org.uk

Beer drinkers hop to it for a people's pint

It will be Cardiff's very own homebrewed beer - made from hops grown in gardens across the city.
More than 30 beer enthusiasts in the city have signed up to a new scheme to grow hops to be harvested and turned into a truly local brew later in the year.

The project was launched in Cardiff by Sam Holt, 30, who was inspired by the success of hop-growers in London, where the scheme originated.
Local microbreweries have expressed interest in using the hops that are grown within the community to create a Cardiff beer, which has been provisionally named the Taff Temptress.

Beer drinkers hop to it for a people's pint

Sam said: "Cardiff used to be a traditional place to grow hops. They are quite easy to grow. It is something different and it gets local people to enjoy what they are growing."



A fabulous mix of locally made affordable art, handmade crafts & the occasional vintage find.

Every Saturday

The Mackintosh Community Centre
38 Keppoch Street, Cardiff, CF24 3JW
(just down from City Road & Albany Road)
Crafts inside while the Roath Food Market is outside.


Want to be a stall holder at our weekly market in 2013? Please contact Linda on
mobile: 07806 772792 email: craft@roathmarket.co.uk


Play On the Move - Kids play at the markets.

Play on the Move - known as Play Bus Wales - is a not for profit organisation. Come and experience it and you too can book it for:

Birthday parties, weddings, events, fundraising support, corporate events and support for schools, charities, community organisations.

7th July           -   Riverside Farmers Market
8th August      -   Riverside Farmers Market

Only £1 per child.
10% off party bookings when booked at a Market.

Find a Farmers Market & St Mary St. Market


RCMA (Riverside Community Market Association) currently runs three Farmers Markets in Cardiff.

RCMA also aims to improve knowledge about, and access to, a fresh healthy diet and reduce the level of 'food poverty' in South Riverside and adjacent areas of Cardiff.
The award-winning RCMA Community Allotment attracts up to twenty local residents per week to learn how to grown their own food and enjoy the social and recreational benefits of gardening.
In addition, the RCMA Community Outreach Coordinator delivers a wide-ranging programme of food and nutrition workshops in the local community.
RCMA also operates a Market Garden as a social enterprise growing organic produce to sell locally, and delivers training activities in sustainable living and intensive horticulture.

Inclusion of third party information in this email newsletter does not constitute an endorsement by RCMA. We cannot take any responsibility for the quality of third party events, products or services featured in this newsletter. Whilst every care is taken to provide accurate information, RCMA has no liability for any error or omissions.

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46 Ninian Park Rd, Cardiff, CF11 6JA

Tel: (029) 2019 0036
Email: gareth@riversidemarket.org.uk
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