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LOCAL FOOD FOOD & COOKING ARTICLE

Prepare to Fall in Love with Local Food

Farmers' Markets across the UK will celebrate the best of local food and drink during the first ever Farmers' Market Month, this September.

Festivities will take place throughout England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland with major events in London, Stroud, Winchester, Aberystwyth, Paisley and other locations. Each market will sell its own unique produce that has been grown, reared, caught, brewed, pickled, baked, smoked or processed by individual stallholders.

Television cook Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall believes that, "Farmers' Markets give us the chance to sample the true taste of our local landscapes and rediscover the delights of regional food and drink. These bustling and vibrant markets provide fresh, nutritious, seasonal produce at its very best."

Markets will host cookery demonstrations, celebrity appearances, live music, competitions, children's activities and harvest festivities - providing all the ingredients for a fun family day out.

Plus, expect to find local specialities, mouth-watering cheeses, seasonal fruit and vegetables, fresh herbs, top quality meat and dairy produce, freshly baked cakes and bread, fruit juices and more.

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According to James Pavitt of the National Association of Farmers' Markets (NAFM), "Farmers' Market Month gives you the chance to taste the unique food and drink on your doorstep and to fall in love with local food. We want everyone to visit their nearest Farmers' Market, enjoy a great day out and enchant their taste buds with the very best of British produce."

Local fruit and vegetables are cheap and plentiful in September. The wild mushroom season has begun and the first British apples and pears are starting to appear. Native figs, walnuts, blackberries and plums can also be found. Oysters and mussels are available again, as is game such as partridge, pigeon, grouse and venison. And the end of September coincides with harvest celebrations - a traditional time to feast and give thanks for the food that nature has provided for the cold winter months ahead.

Farmers' Markets provide fresh, safe, natural, nutritious food along with a lively and entertaining shopping experience. Farmers' Markets also help create a healthier environment, a strong sense of community, more jobs and a much needed boost to local economies. And, above all, they're great fun!

There will be details of Farmers' Market Month events at www.farmersmarkets.net throughout September. For more information on nearby markets, people can send an SAE to NAFM, South Vaults, Green Park Station, Bath BA1 1JB

National associtaion of Farmers MarketsThe aims of the National Association of Farmers' Markets are:

  • To promote Farmers' Markets and assist in the formation of new ones
  • To support existing Farmers' Markets and enable them to expand and remain self-sustaining.
  • To define and accredit the Farmers' Market concept and grant accreditation only to those markets which conform to the agreed criteria (link to criteria area 4).
  • To represent the interests of Farmers' Markets to local and national government.
  • To draw on the support of the range of national agencies which support Farmers' Markets and develop their involvement.

If you would like to contact the National Association of Farmers' Markets you can do so via their website at www.farmersmarkets.net

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