Our Mini-Markets Launch

Ely Markets: Now bringing the community together six days a week.

On Wednesday 3 April 2018, we launched our new weekday mini-markets on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and
Fridays. You’ll find everything from daily essentials like bread, fruit and vegetables to delicious
locally-roasted coffee and there will also be fresh fish every Tuesday. Our new markets complement the larger markets on Thursday, Saturdays and Sundays – and give you more flexibility and choice than ever before.

The day we launched our new mini-markets there was a real sense of community and
independence in the Market Place. People came away with something that made their day a little
brighter: a bunch of local carrots, a loaf of freshly baked bread or a new plant for their doorstep.
Each week you’ll find all these daily essentials, plus the best seasonal produce – and there’s always
the chance to bump into friends and catch up on all the local news.

Shopping is changing

Visitors to our markets tell us they want more flexibility and choice. They want to get more of what
they want, when they want it – at the best quality and the best price. Increasingly many of you are
swapping a big weekly trip to the supermarket for a new pattern of shopping little and often. And
many of us want less waste and packaging too, don’t we? That’s where our markets come in.

Visitors to our markets are always delighted to be have the chance to buy their fruit, vegetables
and bread in just the right amounts – just the way people have done for hundreds of years.
According to the Food Standards Agency, almost half the food thrown away in the UK comes from
our homes. Too often supermarkets encourage us to buy too much, and we don’t always get
around to using it in time. Our markets give you the option to shop more thoughtfully and
sustainably – buying what you need, when you need it.

Ditch the unnecessary packaging

Reducing packaging and cutting back on plastic is a huge concern for us. On market days, the
majority of our customers now bring along their own reusable shopping bags. Always carry a few
with you and ask our traders to weigh your fruit and veg directly into your own bags. It’s not easy to
go zero-waste, but our markets will help you get pretty close.

Don’t forget your coffee cup!

These days people aren’t just bringing their own bags to the market, they’re bringing their own
coffee cups and containers too. Silver Oak Coffee, whose new double-decker coffee rig will now be
at the market 6 days a week, have noticed a huge change in their people’s habits. Many of their
customers now bring their own re-usable cups with them. And if you forget, then you’ll be happy to
hear that all their takeaway coffee cups are now fully biodegradable.

A small city with a lot to offer

Ely attracts many visitors each day. We’re thrilled that it’s now possible for everyone to experience
our markets six days a week. And once you’re at the market, you’re just a stone’s throw from the
many other exciting shops, cafés and restaurants the city has to offer. Our new mini-markets will
even include a regular space for outdoor seating for the Lemon Tree Deli – whose shop sits right on
the Market Place.

It’s now easier than ever to come and experience our thriving markets for yourself. We can’t wait to welcome you!