Producing the Goods
The Goods Shed, Canterbury
Set up by Suzanne Atkins in 2002 in a sumptuous Victorian railway storage shed (once used for coal) as the first full time farmers’ market to promote food from Kent. This is a joyous space, airy and light, beautifully converted.
A restaurant clings to the northern wall as a mezzanine with a view out of the tall windows (with glimpses of the Orient Express) or over the indoor stalls and activity. The food of course is made from directly sourced, seasonal produce in the adjacent open kitchen. Below there are over 20 stalls selling Bank Farm’s free-range eggs, Laky Zervudachi’s fish, Court Lodge Farm’s organic beef, flours, breads, fish, cider, beer, wine, jams and honeys, sodas and cordials, sandwiches, flowers. Guest stalls invite producers from beyond. This is a busy, exciting place.
As their leaflet rightly boasts "The Goods Shed offers the farmer a constant platform for their produce, taking weekly and fortnightly market a step further". Their objectives are:
To give the producers a larger slice of the selling price.
To enable the producer to maintain a choice in their products’ ultimate destination and in so doing to keep farming an independent industry.
To encourage cottage and artisan producers, inherent to British culture, by providing a platform for them to retail without the risks involved in major investment.
To create a community based environment for people to share, small enough that the needs of each individual can be heard and thereby create choice.
To create an honest, unadulterated product with no club cards or reward points, with goods reaching the customer in the pre- value-added and packaged state.
To offer a well rounded and realistic insight into food production.
Opening times: Tues - Sat, 10 - 7; Sun 10 - 2 (Crafts). Restaurant open Tues - Sun 12 - 2.30 and 6 - midnight (closed Sun eves).
Contact: Suzanne Atkins
The Goods Shed, Station Road West, Canterbury, Kent