St George's School
St George's School is located on Westwood Rd/A256. The entrance is on the left travelling in the Broadstairs direction before the Asda roundabout.
Free car parking in the school.
It is with sadness that the managers of Thanet Farmers' Market have announced that the market is taking a break in 2018. The first market of the year, which was scheduled to run in February at St George's School, will not be taking place. And there are currently no markets scheduled for 2018.
The market has been operating on a monthly basis since three local producers started it up in September 2013. Charlotte Ransom of South Barn, Sarah Bowers of Little Stour Orchard and Martin Karunaratna of Smoke & Spice wanted to create a new and additional opportunity for residents to buy high quality artisan food and drink sourced directly from small, independent local businesses. They set the market up to run as a Community Interest Company with any profit ploughed back into the local community. This has enabled the market to support many local charities and community groups during the four years. These have benefited from free pitches to promote their services and have included Windmill Community Gardens, Kent Wildlife Trust and Thanet Volunteer Bureau.
The market has always been based inside, and has been located in 3 schools across Thanet, with St George's School in Broadstairs being the most recent. Being based indoors has enabled it to operate in comfort whatever the weather and allowed the market to run a Market Café and provide free children's activities each month, including the very popular Kids' Kitchen.
The market has benefited from having many loyal stallholders, some of whom have been there since it began, including Stour Valley Game, Once Upon a Cupcake and Beth's Mogador. Many craft stalls have also attended the market over the years including Saramica and Girl Mad as Birds.
"We have very much enjoyed running the market and feel that is has become a really important part of the Thanet community, " said one of the market managers. "It has also been great to operate inside but unfortunately the down side of being in such lovely indoor venues is the hire fee that naturally goes with them. And sadly, although the market is still seeing in excess of 500 customers each month and around 25 stalls, it is becoming financially unsustainable."
The market managers have organised the market on a completely voluntary basis and have done so willingly. The role involves not only the market day itself but all of the organisation between markets and the group are no longer able to sustain the numbers of hours needed. This coupled with the financial situation means that they have very sadly had to make the difficult decision to take a break. Sarah, Martin and Charlotte are very sorry to disappoint their customers and appreciate the loyalty, support and custom that they have shown to the market over the years. "If it's possible, we will try to return at some point in the future in a more sustainable format," said one of the market managers.
The market's extremely popular social media pages will continue to be maintained so look out for updates there and most if not all of the producers have websites and/or social media accounts detailing where you can find them or purchase their products.
For further information please contact the market managers on firstname.lastname@example.org or via social media.