We are delighted to welcome a new young farmer to the market this week. Despite being a farmers’ market, it isn’t very often we get to say that!

The other thing is that this is a new farm business within our own district! Hoorah!

Quiggies Piggies hail from Lye Farm in Uley and was started nigh on two years ago by Lewis, who had moved to the farm a year earlier.

The pigs are entirely free range, spending their whole life outdoors, with trees, turf and a lot of mud! Lewis keeps 4 breeds on the farm; Large White and Saddlebacks for pork cuts, Tamworths for bacon and Old Spot for their sausages.

This Saturday will be Quiggies Piggies first ever market so I hope you will pop by to say hello and sample their wares.

Life as a farmer has been an eye opener for Lewis, with his first two years in business being an incredibly difficult time for all farmers with prices for everything soaring and keeping up with the regulations for animal husbandry and required paperwork proving challenging too.

Despite that, Lewis enjoys the farming life, being outdoors and spending time with the pigs, who he describes as incredibly intelligent. He is also very keen for people to come along and visit the pigs at the farm.

Elsewhere this week look out for Rose and Marie Cosmetics who are at their first market too and Stroud Rotary, who will be collecting for the Turkey/Syria Earthquake disaster fund.