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Set for street market 'with a conscience'

THE Big Green Market will bring shopping with an ethical edge to Solihull's Mell Square this November.

THE Big Green Market will bring shopping with an ethical edge to Solihull's Mell Square this November.

A 'street market with a conscience' the event includes a varied mixture of ethical goodies, from organic cabbages to contemporary crafts and is a great opportunity for people to both do some eco-friendly Christmas shopping as well as stocking up on organic fruit and vegetables.

The Christmas Big Green Market will be at Solihull Mell Square from Friday November 21, Saturday November 22 and Sunday November 23 and will feature a marquee as well as a selection of outside stalls ranging from organic food to British knitwear and recycled jewellery.

Organiser Jane Redfern said: "This is the first time that the Big Green Market has visited Solihull and I am particularly keen to include local producers and makers reach out to a new audience. The mix of stallholders is much wider than those found on farmer's markets and ranges from organic cabbages to a great selection of contemporary crafts."

Stallholders include a great selection of local small food producers, such as Flight organics who will be selling healthy organic vegetables and promoting their organic box scheme, craftspeople such as green woodworker 'Funky Monkey' who will be bringing a range of Christmas decorations made from naturally fallen wood as well as ethical fashions and small UK based ethical businesses, such as Rachel Belios from Green Threads.

She said: "It's really important for people to see that you can shop as you would on the high street. The things here are affordable and we should dispel the myth that buying green is just for hippies."

Recocards in the marquee will be providing a range of recycled Christmas cards and wrap and Beth Williams, from Turtle bags - responsible for bringing back the revival of the classic string bag will have a great range of her bags on sale - ideal for a stocking filler which will have a lasting impact.

The event is organized by Jane Redfern, and Paul Kennedy who have collaborated on this project to bring green/eco products, locally produced and ethically traded goods into our town centres.

For a luxury offering people should visit Kerry Bettinson from Toft Alpacas, who uses the 'waste' wool from her parent's herd of alpacas to create a covetable selection of distinctive gifts for the stylish and ethicallyminded.

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The market will be open from 9am to 5pm on each day and is free for people to wander around.



Cathrina Hulse
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