Barrow Voice
www.barrowvoice.co.uk      First Publised 1975

            Issue 161 Autumn 2020

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Another option for shopping in Barrow

"Error and apology.
Karisa Krcmar in the printed article 'Another option for shopping in Barrow' wrongly stated that the artisan bakery Brod had retired. This is wrong. Brod continues to bake and trade. Karisa would like to personally extend a heartfelt apology to Brod. They have continued to bake and trade and make deliveries to customers over lockdown. In future Barrow Voice will make all efforts to research facts more diligently.
We apologise for any stress and upset caused to both Brod and their loyal customers".
PS. The page below has been corrected.

First Neil Taylor arrived with his Fresh Grimsby Fish van on Tuesdays outside the Three Crowns; then it was Bröd on Fridays; then Portas Fresh Fruit and Vegetables went to the Soar Bridge carpark on Saturdays; Ekojoe’s community zero waste van of refillable non-plastic, organic goods sits outside the Navigation pub on Mill Lane every-other Thursday morning; and Olivia’s artisan bakery may visit Barrow to take the place of Bröd. Is this the future of our shopping?


Specialist retailers may not have the turnover to afford a permanent place on our High Street, but Lyndsey Portas has been delivering veg boxes to Barrow residents since lockdown. These were so popular that Rob and Amie at the Soar Bridge Inn offered her space in their car park. She is currently looking for an alternative space in Barrow now that the car park is needed again. In the meantime, the stall can be found at the White Hart Inn in Quorn She believes that many people are concerned about travelling into Loughborough on the bus and therefore appreciate the market coming to them with the opportunity to buy a range of fresh fruit and veg from a market stall that comes to local villages.

Neil Taylor has been bringing his fresh Grimsby fish to Barrow and the surrounding villages for years. I splashed my way up to the Three Crowns car park one wet Tuesday afternoon and found, despite the pouring rain, a long queue of customers, socially distanced, alongside the van. Regular Barrow customer, Peter Ryder, told me that he always buys from Neil because of the wide choice of fresh, good quality fish and the fact that he can choose to have as small or large a quantity as he needs. Another customer told me “the salmon tastes so much better than packaged stuff from the supermarket”.

Neil will fillet the fish for you before handing it over as he started over 40 years ago as a fish filleter in Grimsby but has also worked in Norway and Iceland. He gets up at about 4.30 in the morning to go to the fish market where he chooses each fish himself, although very few boats bring fish direct to Grimsby these days. His sales haven’t stopped since Covid-19 came along, “People just don’t want to go into town or the supermarket,” he said, “and once they’ve bought their fish here, they just keep coming back.” Ekojoe’s van focuses on making zero-waste, plastic-free and sustainable shopping more affordable and accessible. They sell vegan and organic foods; refill washing and laundry liquids, soaps, shower gels and a range of reusable products. Nothing that Ekojoe sells is wrapped in plastic or synthetic packaging. Everything is recycled or 100 per cent natural and sustainable. They visit Barrow every-other Thursday morning and can be found at the Navigation end of Mill Lane Olivia’s Coffee and Bakery situated as a café in Market Place, Loughborough, bakes its own artisan bread, pastries and cakes are currently renovating a horsebox to meet hygiene standards to be able to visit local villages bringing their coffee and breads. They don’t have a date yet, but they plan to have a regular spot in Barrow, so watch out for more details.

Is this the future of shopping in the village? A few permanent High Street shops but visiting stalls that the bring market experience to the residents… like villages in the Middle Ages? What are your views? Please do get in touch with the editor at Barrow Voice.

Finest Fresh Grimsby Fish & Shellfish van is in the Three Crowns Car Park every Tuesday afternoon between 3.30 and 5.15.

Portas Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Stall is currently at the White Hart Inn in Quorn on Wednesdays but hopes to be opening again in Barrow very shortly.

Ekojoe is at the Navigation end of Mill Lane every-other Thursday morning. It is a community interest company, based in the heart of Leicestershire, with a focus on making zero-waste shopping more affordable and accessible. The key detail is that nothing Ekojoe sells is wrapped in plastic or synthetic packaging. Everything is either recycled or 100 per cent natural and sustainable. Customers can buy a huge range of vegan and organic foods, refill washing and laundry liquids, soaps, shower gels and a variety of reusable products. There's also handmade gifts created by local artisans.
You can take along your own tubs, pots or jars, and staff will measure or weigh the product and dispense it. Alternatively, Ekojoe has a range of totally natural containers that can be purchased. They also have paper bags in the van, which are free for all to use.

Karisa Krcmar

Is this the future of shopping in the village? A few permanent High Street shops but visiting stalls that the bring market experience to the residents… like villages in the Middle Ages? What are your views? Please do get in touch with the editor at Barrow Voice.

        

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