Big demand for market stalls at Budleigh Salterton
PUBLISHED: 01:01 20 March 2008 | UPDATED: 08:54 10 June 2010
TRADERS are queuing up to sell their home-produced, local, products at Budleigh Salterton's farmers' market. With the countdown to the market already ticking away and just 15 days to go until launch day the organisers have revealed there is already a
TRADERS are queuing up to sell their home-produced, local, products at Budleigh Salterton's farmers' market.With the countdown to the market already ticking away - and just 15 days to go until launch day - the organisers have revealed there is already a waiting list of traders.Farmers' market project leader Malcolm Florey said preparation work for the opening of the market is almost complete.The last four weeks have been spent processing applications from potential traders."Our target of opening with 12 traders has been exceeded and the demand has been impressive. We will start with 15 and we have a waiting list," said Mr Florey."We will be able to offer our residents an exciting range of high quality locally-produced food with the traders keen to meet with customers and talk about their products."All traders have to meet the strict criteria as produced by the project working group and agreed by the Chamber of Commerce."In particular the produce and products sold must be grown, reared, caught, or manufactured by the stallholder within the defined local area. In addition the principal producer, or someone directly involved in the production process, must attend each market and be on the stall."The range will cover Red Devon beef, local pork, lamb, cheese, speciality home made cakes and preserves, vegetables and plants, honey products, organically grown vegetables, speciality home made breads, trout and p‰tes, speciality pies and pasties, free range chicken, venison and more!"The monthly market, held on the last Friday of each month at the Brook Road car park, from 9am-1pm, is launched on March 28, when it will be officially opened by a mystery guest. It is hoped the event will encourage extra visitors to the town.Clive Gammon, of Tracey Mill and Trout Farm, said: "Along with my fellow producers, I am really excited about this new farmers' market in Budleigh. We are very much looking forward to taking part and feel sure it will be a great success.