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Market Rasen’s award winning BIG market – 1st February

The BIG market for February is on Saturday February 1, 2014 from 9am to 2pm in the historic Georgian Market Place, Market Rasen with more to celebrate than usual, having just picked up its 2nd national market award from NABMA as Britain’s Best Social Enterprise Market 2014!

As usual, the BIG market, held on the first Saturday of the month, will be packed with local food producers.  Mr Plewes from Beasthorpe Farm will be there with his delicious double yolker eggs!

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Mr Plewes from Beasthorpe Farm and his delicious eggs at January’s BIG market

Market Rasen will also be hosting regular farmer’s market favourites Jenny’s Jams; cakes from the Little Cake Company; artisan foods from Albion, Taste of Sardinia, and The West Wold Delicatessen, the own brand range of Greens of Lincolnshire which this week has been chosen as a finalist in the annual Love Food Select Lincolnshire awards in the category of best food retailer/ wholesaler.  Smoked and flavoured cheeses will be available to try before you buy from Lynne Bank Farm Cheese, with artisan bread from Greenfield Bakers.  Visitors and Market Rasen residents can also look forward to honey products from Croft Selections, sweets from Memorable Treats and and hearty pies perfect to take home as tea time treats in this wintery weather courtesy of Propa Pies.

There is such a wide variety of stalls, it’s hard to fit them all in:  gifts and food from English Rose, Toys and DVDs from the pool fundraising team, with Scouts offering refreshments and Market Rasen Church of England Primary school offering biscuits and sweets.  Tuck into Hepy’s Hog Roast, award winning meat from Redhill Farm plus fruit pies, cakes and scones from Wilcox Bakery. As always you can pick up your weekly fruit and veg from the Norths, plants from Roger  plus underwear and much more – gifts and garden accessories from Helen of J Waterman Timber Services, and natural skin care and beauty products from White Holly.  Anne Lowish is selling Forever Aloe Vera products, and there are stunning home accessories from Emma and Deborah of Sister Chic.

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Bird cages and feeders are being offered by Mr Bratley, Moroccan Handcrafts by Mr Jepson, and Lincolnshire hampers and gifts from Eaton Hampers. Designs by Lesley will be selling jewellery and silver too.

The secret of our success is YOU.  The market and Market Rasen high street needs customers to support it, and the more customers, the easier it is to persuade exciting new sellers to set up a stall and start selling locally, and the more we can support social enterprise.

Speaking of their 2nd national markets award Sara Scott, chair of MR BIG, said: “This makes us particularly proud as it recognises that the market is organised by committed volunteers.

“We’re one of just nine markets winning national awards – so really this confirms our place as an innovator and leader in markets provision.”

Come along and see for yourself every 1st Saturday of the month.

SATURDAY 5TH OCTOBER BIG FOOD MARKET

Savoury, sweet, spicy, scrumptious, fresh, delicious, LOCAL!

Lincolnshire’s finest artisan food and drink is NEVER to be missed and it’s going to be filling up the market square in MARKET RASEN, with all of its compelling aromas and exploding flavours, on SATURDAY the 5th of OCTOBER. We don’t let the leaf fall bring us down, we reap the harvest.

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We have some new faces along with our ever-popular regulars which will make for a tremendous day out. Be sure to visit Market Rasen’s unique high street shops and eateries in and around town too. This also includes the BIG Corner Shop – relocated on Union Street – which is full of delightful crafts and accessories. 

So, with cooking demonstrations by the exceptional Dominic Franks, from 10am until 2pm, the launch of BIG FOOD, a cook book full of all your favourite recipes from the BIG MARKET traders, FREE PARKING, arts and crafts and, of course, mountains of magnificent LOCAL food, join us and make sure YOU don’t miss the BIG FOOD MARKET!

Please make a date in your diary and be sure to come along – it is one we’ve been looking forward to all year long.

MR BIG ASKS… Stuart J. Green

Stuart is the man behind one of the latest businesses to hit the Market Rasen high street, SJG Digital.  He has also signed up as one of the brand new directors of MR BIG and we were keen to catch up with him.

First of all we asked him about the company, SJG Digital. He said, we can do anything to do with IT, mobile technology and so forth. We’re specialists with small businesses but we do have much bigger customers as well and we do different things for different people. Quite often we fit in well where businesses haven’t got an IT department or a service of their own. We come in and help people manage information and secure their data. And if there’s one thing most people have these days, it’s lots of data.”

Stuart added that he has customers all over the UK and we asked him how long the business has been running. “I started it in 1997 but I was still in the air force. I left the air force last year and that’s when I really started to expand, which is how I came to be here in Market Rasen.”

Now that he has moved in, we asked what encouraged Stuart to join MR BIG. “The town improvement scheme is basically perfect. One of the main ideas of the scheme is that absolutely everybody who’s part of it has something to offer to help businesses grow and be successful. That’s what SJG Digital is all about. We help businesses to succeed.” 

Stuart’s showroom is now open on the corner of Market Place, in the same unit previously occupied by the Big Corner Shop which has moved to The Hub on Union Street. From this location, SJG Digital is indeed offering something particularly special for the town: Wifi in the market square. “The Wifi, yes. At the moment it’s just available for the market traders in the market square. They can pop in and get a free five hour voucher any time because we’re really at the testing stage right now. But we’re looking to open up the voucher based system so that users can buy a day, a week or a month’s worth of Wifi use in the square. There’ll be slightly different schemes for the traders and the public and before long we’ll hopefully be able to roll it out for the whole of Queen Street.”

We asked how this exciting development has come about. “There’s a company called Linpop who have a Wifi mast in the Rasen area. Their aim is to deliver fibre optic broadband to rural areas and we’ve essentially teamed up to try and achieve that here.”

So what about the man himself? For a little extra insight we started by asking Stuart what book he’s reading at the moment. “What book am I reading? Well at the moment I’m getting stuck into The Jungle Is Neutral (by Freddie Spencer Chapman) which is a factual story of survival in the jungles of occupied Malaysia during WWII. The guy worked on the principal that nature doesn’t take sides, which is how he coped with the conditions. I used to be a survival instructor in the air force, you see, so I do take a special interest in such stories.” 

Finally, we asked who Stuart would like to be for just one day, if he could. “Oh, Steve Jobs. Definitely.”

So, with that, we’d like to know what you think. Are you looking forward to the availability of Wifi in the market place and possibly even the whole high street? What do you think the impact on the town and its fortunes is likely to be? Let us know by commenting here or on our facebook page or twitter feed.