A few weeks ago I joined the Country Market stall which operates at the Shambles market on friday mornings. So today I was up at 5.30 to pick and pack my spare produce and select some plants for sale. It feels good being involved at the Country Market stall – it’s a national cooperative to sell local produce, and it used to be called the WI Market. My dear-departed Mum helped to run her local WI market in Lincolnshire, so joining this one seems a bit like continuing a family tradition! The Stroud Country Market now opens on Saturdays too, but I’m told that Friday is still the main day for plants and produce. Either day you have to be there early to snap up the best bargains – lots of customers are there at 8am when the stall opens. It’s easily the best place in Stroud to buy veg plants, flowers and perennials, not to mention the baking, seasonal local fruit, eggs and so on – great quality at reasonable prices, with almost no food or plant miles.