Braintree Street Market is looking to grow and evolve this year, bringing a range of new traders to the monthly shopping event.
The market takes place on the last Saturday of each month, with a slight variation in dates during the Christmas season, and runs alongside our weekly traditional market.
Existing stallholders sell everything from African-inspired casual clothing to handmade crochet toys, to artisan chilli jam and hot Mexican street food.
One of the newest traders to join Braintree Street Market is Datum Attitude Brewing Co, run by husband-and-wife duo Sam and Amy Morris.
The couple, from nearby Tolleshunt D’Arcy, launched the business in autumn 2021 and have already had to expand their operation after their initial success of their vegan beers.
Mrs Morris said: "Sam was in the RAF then in civil aviation and he was thinking about what else he could do, the only other thing he knew about was brewing.”
The beers have proven so popular with street market shoppers that the couple plan to run a bar at future events, so people sample the different beers before buying.
Braintree Street Market would like to offer craftspeople the chance to showcase their talents and products and reach a local audience with a focus Bohemian style clothing, silver and gold jewellery and floristry.
The market is also seeking an independent coffee trader, a crepe or waffle stand, a vegan street food vendor and artisan bread and pastries to complement the existing range of food stalls.
Cllr Tom Cunningham, Braintree District Council’s Cabinet Member for Economic Growth, said: “Our street market brings small local businesses to the fore, and gives customers the chance to meet with makers face-to-face and understand where the products come from and the skill that goes into making craft items.
“We would like to grow and evolve our market, and bring in traders that are selling unique products not already available either at our street market or our regular street market so we can offer shoppers the best possible range of items. We particularly want to hear from those who use locally-sourced ingredients or make their products here in Braintree district as we continue to seek ways to reduce the number of miles food and other items travel before reaching the consumer.”
The market takes place on:
- 30 July
- 27 August
- 24 September
- 29 October
- 19 November
- 3 December
- 17 December