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to Fall in Love with Local Food
Markets across the UK will celebrate the best of local
food and drink during the first ever Farmers' Market
Month, this September.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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."
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.
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
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
aims of the National
Association of Farmers' Markets are:
promote Farmers' Markets and assist in the formation
of new ones
support existing Farmers' Markets and enable them
to expand and remain self-sustaining.
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).
represent the interests of Farmers' Markets to local
and national government.
draw on the support of the range of national agencies
which support Farmers' Markets and develop their involvement.
you would like to contact the National Association of
Farmers' Markets you can do so via their website at
Hub-UK : firstname.lastname@example.org