The controversial “50-Mile Food Market” which it had originally been proposed to be held in Penarth’s Turner House Art Gallery is now to be held in the Paget Rooms.
The first “50-Mile Food Market” is to be held in the Paget Rooms on Saturday September 3rd – and monthly thereafter on the first Saturday of every month.
The scheme is a joint enterprise between Jenny Yeo of ‘The Merchants of Wales’ and Lisa Corbett-Bailey of Old Cogan Hall Farm who say they “share an ambition to spread their love of local food and are working together to highlight the benefits”.
Plans to hold the 50-Mile Market in Penarth’s Grade II listed Turner House Art Gallery were scrapped after a public outcry against the proposals and the revelation that the alleged freeholders of the building – the National Museum of Wales – had not been consulted about the idea.
The 50-Mile Market in the Paget Rooms will be open from 10:00 to 13:00 each month as from September 3rd and it is a condition of the arrangement that the Paget Rooms will be restored to normal use by 14:00 on each market Saturday.
All participating traders are being told they must display their name and registered business address on their stalls, and that all produce should be appropriately packaged, labelled with the name and address of the producer, the weight and clearly priced. In addition all food labelling must conform with the applicable regulations.
Stall-holders must agree that all food sold must have been produced by them and must conform with the declarations made on their application forms. The organisers say they reserve the right to remove any products which don’t comply with the conditions.
The name “50-Mile Market” implies that none of the stall-holders will travel more than 50 miles to market their produce at the regular event – but local Green campaigners have said that they do not regard a 50-mile each-way van-drive as being in line with green policies.