Traders open markets despite snowfall

Riverside Market – Photo: CNP

Although most shops were closed during the heavy snowfall last week, traders still made a great effort and gave it a go at Riverside Farmers’ Market in Cardiff.

Britain was hugely impacted by the adverse weather last week and snowfalls had caused Riverside Real Food to cancel two of its other markets on Friday and Saturday. However, with the snow slowly melting, traders decided to welcome their customers by opening their market again on Sunday.

While many supermarkets ran out of stock, local stallholders still offered residents a wide variety of foods and products. But the Riverside market held on Sunday still faced challenges.

Celia Thomas from Penrhiw Farm said: ‘We had the problem with water supply, feeding up the water on the farm and in my meat cutting shed where I could do my meat preparation. The volume of snow meant I couldn’t get to the farm. The lane was full of snow and we have to dig out way out of farm to be able to come to the market today.’

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Izzy Fitzgerald from Pettigrew Bakeries talked about the difficulties which bakeries faced to make sure they had enough staff on their team and to be able to manage with less ingredients.

Photo by CNP

David Drabble from Lithic Brewing said that they had to cancel some of the deliveries due to the snow, which slightly affected their business.

Photo by CNP

While Riverside market opened yesterday after the heavy snowfall, the market will be cancelled next Sunday due to Wales v Italy Rugby match. However, the Farmer’s Markets in Rhiwbina and Roath will be open as usual.


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