Budleigh Farmers’ Market calls for continued public support

PUBLISHED: 14:19 18 September 2017 | UPDATED: 14:19 18 September 2017

Market organiser Tom Garner, wildlife ranger for Clinton Devon Estates, believes a busier farmers’ market could also boost trade and attract visitors to Budleigh’s established businesses.

Market organiser Tom Garner, wildlife ranger for Clinton Devon Estates, believes a busier farmers’ market could also boost trade and attract visitors to Budleigh’s established businesses.

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Budleigh Farmer’s Market has seen a rise in stallholder interest ahead of this month’s re-launch, now it needs the public to support the event on Friday, Setember 29.

Organisers of a monthly community market in Budleigh Salterton are calling on public support to help them give the event a long-term future.

A call for more stallholders to join Budleigh Salterton Farmers’ Market last month attractive a 50 per cent increase in those planning to sell at the re-launch event on Friday, September 29.

The market was established 10 years ago to give the community the opportunity to buy fresh products directly from producers.

Since June, the number of stallholders has increased from around half-a-dozen to 15.

The event is organised by Tom Garner, wildlife ranger for Clinton Devon Estates (CDE), who also has a stall at the market where he sells the venison he culls a few miles up the road.

“We’re so pleased with the response to the call out for more stallholders,” he said. “We were in a chicken and an egg scenario whereby we needed more stallholders to attract more visitors, but you need more visitors to attract more stallholders.

“But now we have the chicken. We just need the public to come and support the stallholders and this will hopefully keep the whole thing going, because if people don’t come, we’ll be back to where we were.”

Earlier this year Exmouth Farmers Market folded, but Tom is confident Budleigh will survive with continued public support.

He said: “Markets are struggling in general.

“It seemed to start when austerity kicked several years ago. People have the perception that farmers markets are more expensive than the supermarkets when actually they’re not because you’re missing out the middle man.

“Exmouth sadly hasn’t survived, but Budleigh has everything going for it, but we need people to come along and support it.”

Laura Mead, owner of Angelchops Cakes, has been a stall holder at the market for almost a year.

She said: “The market is very friendly. It’s lovely to have built up a collection of regulars who come back month after month for a little cakey treat.”

Budleigh Salterton Farmers’ Market is held on the last Friday of every month at Rolle Mews car park on Fore Street, from 9am until 1pm.

Prospective stallholders should contact Tom on 07815 090684 or Tom.garner@clintondevon.com

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