FARM­ERS’ MAR­KETS

Food and Travel (UK) - - 200 th Issue -

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.

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