12 November 2001
Hexham hosts top farmers’ market

By FWi staff

A FARMERS market in one of the Britains worst-hit foot-and-mouth areas has been declared one of the countrys finest purveyors of local food.

Hexham in Northumberland was declared the nations Best Farmers Market in a competition organised by the National Farmers Union.

Hollow Trees Farm Shop, Semer, near Ipswich, won the Best Farm Shop category, having faced stiff competition from dozens of other entries.

NFU deputy president Tim Bennett said: “We have been very impressed by the high standard of entries and I did not envy the judges difficult task.

“Judges selected winners that went that extra mile to offer customers high-quality local produce and a shopping experience to guarantee their return.

Hexham Farmers Market is one of the largest farmers markets in the north-east, with over 40 stallholders attracting at least 2000 customers each month.

Hollow Trees Farm Shop, which started life as a table at the roadside has now grown to a business employing 14 staff.