By Gerb Gerbrands


Happy new year everyone! The farmers’ market returns to the Cornhill Square and surrounding streets this Saturday after a refreshing week off and although the 1st market in January is always substantially smaller than regular markets, we will still have over 40 stalls, with all the essentials available.

Gardeners and growers will be pleased to hear Down to Earth will be hosting their Stroud Community Seed Bank this Saturday. After a difficult growing year with early cold drought and summer hot drought, some plants flourished and some floundered along with their seed crops, often depending on where they were located in the 5 valleys: hilltop or valley.

Local gardeners, who have attended Down to Earth’s popular workshops, bring their extra seeds and offer them each year as a small but vital contribution to self-reliance and food security. The Seed Bank saves good quality seeds from ‘Open Pollinated’ plants which grow ‘true to type’ and include Heritage and family favourites from which you can harvest your own treasures!

Stroud’s very own Parsnip (grown for many years in Thrupp allotments) is now well adapted to the district. As parsnip seeds need to be fresh each year, and they produce a great number, the seed bank has given some of 2023 seed to the Farmer’s Market veg growers for them to try. So, next year you may be eating Thrupp parsnips from Stroud!

Come and talk with Seed Bank Savers and take away some seeds for your New Year’s Grow Your Own Resolution.