The Nineties saw farmers’ markets flourish. The 1998 BSE scare and later the foot-and-mouth outbreak meant people wanted to know more about what they were eating. These markets gave people the opportunity to touch, smell and taste produce, while speaking to the guys who made it. There are now more than
500 in the UK according to government statistics. The National Farmers’ Retail and Market Association has a certification scheme with ten principles to help classify markets. The stallholders and ingredients they use have to be from near the market and customers can only buy items produced by the business that is selling them.