Camborne Produce Market
It began as a monthly event, became twice monthly within months and now, due to customer and trader pressure, Camborne Produce Market is a weekly affair.
Every Friday customers can come to the very heart of the town’s centre – Commercial Square – to choose from a diverse selection of top quality, seasonal, local products.
Drawing in that rapidly expanding posse of shoppers are home made cakes, bread and pies, locally reared meat, cheeses made from Cornish milk, locally caught fish and shellfish, jams, delicatessen items, crafts, beauty and skincare products, flowers, fruit and vegetables. All produced within a few miles of the town.
Like most towns in the country Camborne had a market years ago that fell out of favour with the arrival of supermarkets and eventually faded away. The idea to resurrect it came from Camborne Regeneration Forum. George Le Hunte is a key member of the forum and Chairman of BID Camborne – a project working to improve the town’s business environment.
George said: “Produce markets are at the cutting edge of the food revolution that seems to be gripping the whole country. People want to know where there food is coming from and they want quality. By having a market to showcase extraordinary local produce Camborne is just keeping step with the rest of the nation. By selling local produce traders can keep the costs down.”
Camborne residents are proud of their new market. It sits, appropriately, in front of the fountain that was presented to the town by John Holman, whose engineering firm brought wealth and work to its residents.
“We have very loyal customers in Camborne and because we’re so central we pick up lots of extra passing trade,” said Market Manager, Lucy Trinder. “Mel Martin, BID Camborne Manager, has also been extremely supportive and helpful.
“The biggest difficulty we’re having at the moment is oversubscription. News of our market’s success is spreading and we have more traders wanting to join us than stalls available for them. We’ve had to introduce quite strict rules which has meant turning down some producers because they’re just not local enough!”