'Use or lose it' plea from Budleigh farmers' market organiser
PUBLISHED: 09:29 11 December 2018 | UPDATED: 15:07 13 December 2018
The organiser of Budleigh Salterton's monthly farmers' market has issued a 'use it or lose it' plea to shoppers ahead of a Christmas event later this month.
For the first time in its 13-year history, the festive event will be taking place indoors at The Public Hall, Station Road, in a desperate attempt to increase footfall.
Since it’s re-launch in autumn 2017, the monthly markets, usually held in the Rolle Mews Car Park, have seen a ‘fluctuation’ in stallholder numbers leading to fears of permanent cancellation.
Tom Garner, who organises the markets, has issued a heartfelt plea for the community to support the event. saying more traders and shoppers are needed and that it is ‘make-or-break time’.
He added: “Over the years the number of stallholders has fluctuated.
“After the re-launch numbers picked up but for one reason or another have dropped again, and unless we can find more, the market won’t be sustainable. Our message to the community is ‘use it or lose it’.
“We need stallholders to attract more shoppers, but need shoppers to attract more stallholders.
“I’m working hard to find more stallholders for the pre-Christmas market and hope people will come along and see what’s on offer and continue to support local producers throughout the year.”
The festive event will be taking place in its new venue on Friday, December 21, between 9am and 1pm with Christmas shoppers being greeted with a complimentary glass of mulled wine.
There will be a variety of teas, coffees and cakes available at the Public Hall’s café throughout the event and there are new stalls selling homemade soap, charcuterie and honey.
Tom, who is also a wildlife ranger for Clinton Devon Estates, added: “We hope bringing the market inside will increase footfall because at least the weather won’t be a deterrent anymore.
“The whole idea for the market was to provide local producers a platform to showcase and sell their products while giving people the chance to but artisan produce.
“We hope this will continue.”
Anyone interested in having a stall or providing entertainment should ring Tom on 07815 090684 or email firstname.lastname@example.org