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Local food producers have formed a management group to continue the running of Brough Farmers’ Market as founder managers of the popular monthly event retire.
Brough Farmers’ Market was launched in the memorial hall in March 2002. And after a decade of organising the market, Marion and Dave Williams are handing over the role to three regular stall holders and food producers.
Marion said: “As many people are aware, Dave and I have been wanting for some time to make the market less of a drag on our time, and resources.
“We have for several months been asking at the market for volunteers to come and help out. We had a response from one person, who doesn’t have the time to consider taking on the whole market.
“Three of our stallholders took more notice of the request, and have offered to take over the market management. We have discussed this at some length with them, and they will be taking over the running of the market (especially on the market days) almost immediately, and will take over all aspects of the market in due time. We hope to have the handover completed by the March 2012 market, which will mean that we have run it for ten years.”
The future management will be shared between Jane Emerson, Deer’n’Dexter; David Knipe, Heartwood Poultry; and Stewart Lambert, Kitridding Farm.
Marion added: “We shall continue to be the local contact for the market, and will be responsible for posters, and signboards, and we hope we will be helpful to the new management, with local knowledge and history of the market.
“We hope that the handover will be a smooth transition, without problems for stallholders or customers. We shall be shopping at the market, as usual, for as long as we can foresee, and hope to see our old acquaintances when we are there.”
The Farmers' Market is held on the third Saturday of every month, in the Memorial Hall in Brough - Brough-under-Stainmore to give its full name, Cumbria.
It is almost unique among farmers' markets in that it is entirely under cover and thus protected from the weather, though there may be extra stalls outside, and our vegetable seller actually prefers to be outside.
The Farmers' Market is a Certified member of the FARMA (the National Farmers' Retail & Markets Association). It has been in operation for nine years now, and was helped in its early years with support from Cumbria Community Foundation, North Pennines LEADER+ and DEFRA, the Co-operative Group Community Dividend Fund, Cumbria County Council, Cumbria Rural Enterprise Agency, Eden District Council and Brough Parish Council.
Future dates are:--
2012 January 21 February 18 March 17 April 21 May 19 June 16 July 21 August 18 September 15 October 20 November 17 December 15. The current opening hours are 9.30 am to 2.00 pm for the larger part of the year, but in winter (January, February and March) the closing time is 1.00 pm (an hour earlier).