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Tuesday, 21 August 2012

Bradford on Avon Farmers and Artisans market 26th Aug

Stalls are still available.

Press release follows:

For immediate release                  21/08/12

Wiltshire Farmers' Markets Association


The first Farmers & Artisan Market in Bradford on Avon promises to be a good one
The first Farmers & Artisan Market in Bradford on Avon on Sunday 26th August will run from 10.30 to 2.30pm and is shaping up nicely. The redeveloped Lamb Yard is a striking location that feels like a continental piazza when busy. Most of the retail and café units are now open and the wonderful range of fresh, local food and drink at the market will swell the offering. The talented locals, whose quality arts and crafts are sold through the Made in Bradford on Avon shop, were the inspiration for the combined market with additional artisans taking stalls.

“Putting the market together has been a bit like setting up a shop” says Sue Thomson, Wiltshire Farmers’ Markets Administrator, “an opportunity to search out some additional products to compliment the already extensive ranges offered by our established producers, some of whom haven’t had the chance to come to BoA before. It’s also been an opportunity to invite some old favourites back such Fonthill Glebe Wines, English and fruit wine producer.”

So, what else will we have at the market? The tastiest, freshly picked vegetables including organic; strawberries; local honey; apple juice and zingy ginger beer; delicious deep-fill meat pies; crab, fresh fish, pates and pies – direct from the fisherman, fishing permitting; cheeses; preserves; locally marinated olives; two bread stalls, both baking the traditional way, one only uses flour from Shipton Mill in Tetbury; seasonal plants; cakes, including gluten free, bakes and biscuits; chillies, spicy preserves and mild to hot sauces. A very local producer, Woolley Park, will be bringing their free range poultry, meat, pies, crumbles and seasonal vegetables.

Bridging between food and artisan our local beekeeper offers honey based cosmetics, candles and beeswax to care for your furniture alongside a herbalist offering died herbs and creams. There will be stunning pottery to be found on the market and at Made in Bradford on Avon which also has jewellery, paintings, photography, fascinators, handmade stationery and stained glass. At the market you will also find handmade hand and shoulder bags and shabby chic mirrors from probably the market’s most local producer.  Depending on the number of stalls, the Artisan part of the market will extend through to the riverside with its beautiful outlook across the Avon. Due to holidays some of the artisans aren’t able to be at the market until September, so more to look forward to.

Coffee etc, in Lamb Yard, has tables outside so that customers can linger and soak up the atmosphere, there will be a barbecue for meat eaters and the Cottage Co-operative Café offers delicious vegetarian food with a peaceful garden alongside the market and an upstairs lounge. To add to the destination feeling of the town many of the other shops and cafés will also be open, so plenty to do and see.

Now all we need is good weather - we’ll be there, bar tempest, but it may be a bring-your-own-sunshine day and we’ll make sure we bring ours.  We will be running a Hamper Draw and you will be able to vote for the most attractive stall, if it’s wet we may change that to the cheeriest stallholder.

Lamb Yard Farmers' & Artisan Market, Bradford on Avon - last Sunday monthly from 26th August 2012, 10.30 – 2.30 pm, initially for three months trial.
For more details contact: WFMA, 07541 762497
For information about Made in Bradford on Avon madeinbradfordonavon@gmail.com

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Hamper Draw at 2.00pm
Contact Sue Thomson: 07541 762497 admin@wiltshirefarmersmarkets.co.uk

Wiltshire Farmers' Markets is a not-for-profit Association and has been running market throughout the county for over thirteen years.

There is an organising committee of six producers who give their time voluntarily to decision making for the benefit of all the markets and other producers they serve.

Sue Thomson is the part-time administrator and main point of contact

Made in Bradford on Avon offers beautiful artisan products made by people from BoA and surrounding towns. 
For more information contact Wellie Driscoll madeinbradfordonavon@gmail.com

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