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  • Do you love cooking or baking and are looking for an outlet?

  • Have you got green-fingers and can grow amazing plants or appetising veggies?

  • Or do you love making unique hand-made items?

Join Us!  

 

We are always looking for new, enthusiastic producers.  It's a great way to spend a Friday morning- you get to make friends with people of all ages, as well as earn yourself some extra money for your hobbies.

Come along to the market one Friday and introduce yourself to the market manager to find out more

'The Country Market Way'  

  • We operate as a co-operative and so all similar products made by a range of people are displayed together.  Producers take it in turn to sell in the three different 'departments' each week, irrespective of what they bring to the market for selling.  However, we are always on hand to answer specific questions you may have.

  • When you enter the market you will be given a small clipboard.  As you go round, the items you purchase will be written on this.  You pay for everything in one go at the end, not at individual stores.  

  • We accept cash, cheques and cards.

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Who can join?

Anyone, male or female, may apply to join as long as they are over the age of 16 and have suitable produce to sell.

 

What can be sold?

Genuinely home-produced goods. In the case of perishable foods these must be freshly prepared and not previously frozen.

 

How much does it cost?

It costs just five pence to become a member (shareholder).  You are then able to sell at any of the Country Markets in the West Midlands.  The other markets are at Wythall, Balsall Common and Allesley.  A small percentage of the money you make from sales will go to market overheads (rent for the hall, marketing etc).

 

Are there any other costs?

You will need to purchase an invoice pad, labels and packaging materials. All these are available at the Market. You may also purchase a Country Markets Handbook, which contains all the information needed about producing for a Country Market. The Country Markets Head Office ensures that all producers are kept informed of the latest legal requirements by means of new policy guidelines.  The Handbook is now also available online for free.

Are there any rules?

We do have some rules to ensure that we comply with Legal Statutory Regulations (especially that concerning food safety) and that our produce reaches the high standards expected of Country Market produce.

 

What qualifications are needed?

All food handlers, including Country Market Producers, are required by law to undertake Food Hygiene training. Our cooked-food Producers must have a level 2 award in food safety in catering. If you haven't got it already, we can advise you on how to obtain it.

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