Farmers’ Markets joining up to LYLM 2013

Farmers’ Markets joining up to LYLM 2013

Having been invited to talk about Love Your Local Market at the FARMA Conference Farm and More in Harrogate in early February it is great to see so many Farmers Markets getting involved this year.  North Leeds Farmers’ Markets who attended the Leeds Roadshow are truly getting into the LYLM spirit and have signed up all of their markets to take part, so we thought we would share with you some of the news stories emerging about what they have in mind for LYLM2013.

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imgresHeadingley, Horsforth and Oakwood Farmers’ Markets all promote good local food and work with and in their communities to support local farmers and producers. They believe that where food comes from matters and want to ensure that people in their communities can have access to the best of Yorkshire produce. Each farmers’ market is a social enterprise run by committed volunteers and is held once a month: Horsforth on the first Saturday of the month, Headingley on the second and Oakwood on the third. All share the same values and all are members of FARMA which promotes local food bought direct from the producer.

In May this year they are joining markets of all kinds all over the country to celebrate the value of local markets and their importance to our towns and cities. The Love Your Local Market campaign reminds us that markets are the catalysers of centres and communities and bring people together to buy and to trade and to meet each other and to enjoy the experience. 

Headingley Farmers Market was set up in September 2006 by Headingley Development Trust with three clear aims: to provide the community with a range of high quality, locally produced food; to support local Yorkshire producers and to provide a focus for the regeneration of Headingley, which over some years lost its range of shops and independent traders. The market set up with just nine or ten stalls, now it has twenty-five or six, providing a range of foodstuffs and, in season, plants.

Oakwood Farmers’ Market is was set up in March 2008 and has just celebrated 5 successful years of operation as the place to shop for high quality local produce and a real alternative to mass-produced fare, while supporting local farmers and producers. It is also a real focal point for the local community with different information every month on aspects of living more sustainably. The market regularly has around 20 stalls – a mix of regulars and seasonal “guests”. Follow us on facebook at or on twitter@oakwoodmarket.

Horsforth Farmers’ Market was set up in October 2012. Initiated and hosted by Horsforth Churches Together, our aim is to support local farmers and producers, encourage good stewardship of the environment and create a focal point for the community to meet together.  St Margaret’s Primary School in Horsforth Town Street has generously allowed us to use their car park and playground for the market.  Each month there are between eighteen and twenty stalls including at least one guest stall and a ‘Horsforth Matters’ stall promoting a local community organisation.  Follow us on twitter@horsforthmarket

In May all the North Leeds Farmers’ Markets will be celebrating and showing their support for Love Your Local Market. Come along!

Saturday May 4th, 9.00-12.30, Town St, Horsforth, LS18 5BL

Saturday May 11th, 9.00-12.30, Rose Garden, North Lane, Headingley, LS6 3JJ

Saturday May 18th, 9.00-12.30, Oakwood Clock, Oakwood, LS8 4BA

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