In a recent debate in the House of Lords on agriculture and food, Baroness Bakewell of Hardington Mandeville, the former leader of Somerset County Council, praised Crewkerne Framers’ Market.
“Whether one lives in or near a small market town or in large urban areas, farmers’ or produce markets are a key attraction. In Somerset we have a wide range of farmers markets within easy travelling distance. My favourite is in Crewkerne on the third Saturday of the month”.
“There are numerous stalls offering a wide variety of produce – locally grown vegetables, French-style patisserie and cakes, gluten-free flans and pasties. These markets provide a vital outlet for growers and producers”.
“As noble Lords can probably tell, I am a great advocate for farmers’ markets. I can buy fresh gluten-free flans which are not available in supermarkets. My husband can buy huge, irregularly shaped scones to have with his tea, and we can then go and have a really nice cup of coffee in a family-run café and have a relaxing catch-up”.
“These markets provide the public with the opportunity to taste and experience really fresh, well-reared produce and for the public to realise that food does not just arrive on supermarket shelves in brightly coloured packaging”.
“Farmers’ markets contribute to the economy, they should be supported and they are here to stay.”
And we hope that there’s something for everyone at Somerset Farmers’ Markets!