RCMA Farmers' Markets
RCMA's farmers' markets have been around for a long time! We first launched as Riverside Real Food Market in Despenser Gardens Park in November 1998, and have grown ‘organically’ as a social enterprise since then, as public interest in buying local food has grown. The social enterprise we set up to run the markets and our other activities, now operates thee weekly farmers' markets in Roath, Rhiwbina and Riverside as well as our weekly vintage market on St. Mary Street.
Local residents benefit from the activities of the markets, in terms of having access to affordable healthy food, as well as in terms of the positive attitude the markets encourage towards to the local area. There is often no other source of fresh local produce in the area, and economic or practical limits may prevent some residents from shopping elsewhere. Buying locally means you know your food will have the best possible taste and freshness. At the same time, locally produced food reduces 'food miles' and unnecessary packaging, and so is good for the environment!
“We love shopping at the markets. We know we are getting the freshest and most cared for ingredients around”
The markets also act as 'shop windows' for producers who want to sell to the increasing number of restaurants and hotels in the local area who want to be able to offer local food on their menus. Market stallholders often get to know regular customers personally and can give the best advice on how to prepare their food - which is part of what makes a farmers' market such a friendly place to shop!