31 August 2001
Prince backs farmers markets month

By FWi staff

PRINCE Charles has given his support to an initiative which farmers hope will persuade the public to Fall in Love with Local Food during September.

Farmers markets across the country will stage special promotions and events in a bid to tempt new customers to buy food direct from local producers.

Prince Charles said: As an enthusiastic admirer, I could not be more pleased to send my warmest good wishes to this re-launch of farmer markets.

A farmers market is not a new idea, but for lots of different reasons these age-old institutions went out of fashion.

But, like all the best ideas, its time has come again.”

Festivities at selected markets are likely to include live music, tasting sessions, childrens activities, cookery demonstrations, and competitions.

The initiative is the idea of the National Association of Farmers Markets.

North-east co-ordinator Cathie Tinn said farmers markets were particularly important as a source of income in areas hit by foot-and-mouth disease.

September is the ideal time for people to get out to a farmers market near them and to see what fresh local food is all about.

Ms Tinn added: One farmer in Teesdale makes fully functional, miniature dry-stone walls, which make lovely ornaments.

The National Association of Farmers Markets was set up in 1999 to preserve the social, environmental and economic benefits of farmers markets.

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