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Baildon's bustling farmers' market a success amid food scares
Baildon’s bustling farmers’ market made a triumphant return this weekend after getting the go-ahead to keep selling the finest Yorkshire produce throughout 2013.
Following a successful trial run last autumn, parish councillors have now agreed that the Saturday morning market should be allowed to continue.
And one of the organisers, Sara Mogford, said at a time when the provenance of food was on everyone’s minds, this market was a place where the best local food could be bought with absolute trust.
“It’s great that people can come and talk to the farmers and find out everything about what’s going onto their plate for Sunday lunch – even the name of the cow if they like!” Mrs Mogford said.
“In light of the continuing problems in the food industry and the breakdown of trust with consumers, Baildon Market offers real integrity – it’s all good Yorkshire produce,” she said proudly.
Parish council chairman Joe Ashton said: “We offer warmest congratulations to all those involved in the successful trial of a Farmers’ Market in Baildon, and approve its continuation on a permanent basis.”
The market was set up by a group of volunteers including members of Baildon Belles Women’s Institute, parish councillors and representatives from businesses and farming.
The organisers will now form a markets committee and operate under the auspices of Baildon Parish Council with monthly meetings open to the public. Businesses in Baildon overwhelmingly want the market to continue, with over 90 per cent of those who contributed to the review in favour.
Such was the success of last year’s trial, most of the original stallholders have returned, with wares including fresh fruit and veg, Yorkshire cheese and eggs, honey and preserves, fish from Whitby, locally-shot game and pies.
Organisers are keen to encourage seasonal produce and new stalls will offer forced rhubarb and, later in the year, early strawberries and asparagus.
Gill Dixon, chairman of the new market committee said: “We have been delighted by the success of Baildon Farmers’ Market in 2013 and we want to thank everyone involved, including stallholders, local businesses, the volunteers, Bradford Council and the residents of Baildon who have flocked to the market.
“Recent scares about the food supply chain just serve to underline the importance of a farmers’ market where you can talk directly to the people who produce the food they are selling.”