A NEW farmers market selling produce from local traders is taking place in Saltaire this weekend.

The market will sell food and drink items from local independent businesses and will take place on the second Sunday of each month.

So far, a range of local businesses have signed up to sell their tasty goods, including Saltaire based Miski Mex. Estela Arredondo will be bringing her delicious homemade Mexican food including moles, jams and spicy salsas.

Other traders include Ilkley-based Wharfedale Fine Cheeses with their selection of artisan cheeses and Yorkshire Dales based Holy Smokery who will be showcasing their delicious smoked meat and fish products.

There will also be a guest stall each month starting with Ill Pirata Pizzata.

Three Saltaire-based women were the brains behind the idea, after visiting other local farmers markets across the district, and realising that Saltaire would be the perfect place to have one of its own.

Sarah Martin, Xanthe Bonsall and Sarah Phillips began properly planning the market last summer.

Sarah Phillips said: "It was probably during the pandemic that we thought Saltaire was missing something like this.

We know other areas close by, such as Baildon had a farmer’s market so we thought “why not do one here”. "We live in a really creative community, there's lots going on like the arts trail, the Maker’s fair and the Saltaire festival and we have loads of amazing independent traders and thought why not just go for it."

The first market will take place in The Caroline Street Social Club carpark on the 8th May.

There will also be a stall to raise money for local charities and Bradford based The Anchor project will be the first charity to get on board.

Sarah added that she hopes that the new market will bring the community together and help to increase business for other local traders.

"We all think Saltaire is the perfect place for a farmers market.  It’s already a popular tourist destination and people will come here for a day out, see that the market is on and try some bits from our traders.

It will bring in people from out of the area who will shop at the farmers market and then go up to the high street too. I think it will be a big boost for local businesses," she said.

Any local traders that are interested in setting up a stall can get in touch at saltairefarmersmarket@gmail.com