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New Farmers Market

22nd May 2007

New farmers market set to open next month Sunday 17th June 2007 in Wheathampstead, from 11am to 2pm. There will be approx 38 stalls and will be held in the East Lane car park near The Bull pub.

Village retailer, Iain Begg helped arrange this farmers market. He said, "It will include speciality bread, cheeses, organic fruit and vegetables, home-made cakes, fresh pasta, pastries and fudge, organic beer, pickles and preserves, as well as pottery and art.

We want to attract farmers' market fans and provide villagers with the chance to buy fantastic food in a fun and sociable atmosphere.

Many of our suppliers already have stalls at Harpenden and St Albans farmers' markets."

Judy Shardlow, St Albans District councillor who has also helped organise this farmers market said, "We have thought very hard about how to manage traffic safely.

We will be encouraging all cars to park at alternative nearby free car parks and walk to the market and we will have police support for the first market.

I would emphasise that this is a trial market - we need to see how it works.

If it is successful it will be a great asset for the people of Wheathampstead.

Local highways officers and the police teams have been highly supportive of our approach to planning the market; we all want this to be a popular and well managed market."

After this first farmers market the next 3 farmers markets will be held on the 3rd Sunday of every month from 11pm to 2am.


Double Century for Edinburgh Farmers' Market

21st May 2007

Edinburgh Farmers' Market will be celebrating their 200th birthday Saturday 26th May. To make the occasion they will be releasing 200 red balloons into the sky above Castle Terrace.

Large West Country Market Development

18th January 2007

Two west country markets are set to merge to make one of the biggest livestock centre in Britain. This new development will be built beside the M5 motorway.

The two country markets that are to merge are, Taunton Market - which is the largest store cattle in the south of England, and Highbridge Market - which is the biggest livestock market in the south west.

Junction 24 by the M5 motorway is where the large new development will be. It is a 55 acre site just outside Bridgewater in Somerset.

There will be three or more markets a week and it will attract buyers from all over the country. Also farmers from Devon, Cornwall, Dorset. South Wales, Somerset, Wiltshire and Gloucestershire.

it has been described as the biggest agricultural development undertaken in the west country.

The new centre is due for completion later this year. It has been called the 'one stop shop' for all things agricultural. Because this site also includes offices and shops and a large concourse where farmers markets and such will be held, seven days a week.

Some estimates put the cost of this new development at £100 million. There is also a new £30 million milk processing plant being built opposite the site.

The new centre could create as many as 1000 new jobs in the area, farmers and consumers will benefit from this huge agricultural development in many ways.

Farmer Market of the Year Award - Goes to Edinburgh!

The National Farmers' Retail & Markets Association (FARMA) has announced the winners of the Farm Retailer of the Year, Farmers' Market of the Year and Best Farm Retail Newcomer.

The 2007 FARMA CERTIFIED FARMERS' MARKET OF THE YEAR AWARD went to Edinburgh. Sponsored by Zapp Canopy Umbrellas and Chillerz. Edinburgh farmers market has recently has a transition from monthly farmers market to weekly farmers market. This has been recognized by the FARMA, and whilst this was happening they also managed to grow its amount of stallholders without compromising quality or the ethos of farmers markets.

The managers of the Edinburgh farmers market, Richard Darke and Tristram Maclean have set-up smaller 'satellite' farmers markets at schools to help promote healthy, local food. It also introduces mew people to the farmers market, which means they might go along the the main one too ­ something which the judges felt could be a useful example for others in developing farmers' markets.

Regional finalists for this award were:
Scotland and the North: Edinburgh Farmers' Market
South-West: Stroud Farmers' Market, Gloucestershire
Wales: Haverfordwest Farmers' Market, Pembrokeshire
South East: Milford Farmers' Market, Surrey
Midlands: Kings Norton Farmers' Market, Birmingham



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