Top farmers’ market returns

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THE UK’s second biggest farmers’ market returns this weekend, with over 80 stalls of specialist products and crafts.

Derbyshire Dales District Council’s multi award-winning Bakewell Farmers’ Market takes place this Saturday, 24 September.

The monthly market at the District Council’s Agricultural Business Centre (ABC) in Bakewell generates half a million pounds every year for the local economy.

Now in its 12th year, Bakewell Farmers’ Market has around 80 stalls, most under cover, and only Winchester can boast more.

Demand from traders is intense, with an average of eight new prospective producers applying every week to trade at the market.

Derbyshire Dales District Council Leader Councillor Lewis Rose OBE said: “One of the District Council’s priorities is to champion rural areas and I am delighted our ABC is now firmly established as the hub of the Peak District economy and a true ‘one-stop shop’ service for the rural community.

“Along with the weekly livestock markets, the farmers’ markets are now among a whole series of big events staged at the ABC on a regular basis.

“The great thing is that the farmers’ markets bring real benefit to local hotels and businesses in and around the town and our strict trading rules ensure only genuine ‘local’ producers are allowed to stand, unless specialist products cannot be found within a 30 mile radius of Bakewell.”

The popular event continues to showcase top quality, local, traceable food and crafts from in and around the Peak District.

Call 01629 813777 for more details or go online at derbyshiredales.gov.uk.