Crowborough Farmers’ Market is taking part in the ‘Love Your Local Market’ on Saturday 24th May. The campaign aims to re-establishing markets at the heart of community life.
The market is open from 9am-1pm, and is located just behind WH Smith on the High Street.
To attract both new customers and new stall holders, there will be promotional goods available, including re-useable shopping bags and badges to promote the campaign.
All four Farmers’ Markets in Wealden (Heathfield, Hailsham, Uckfield and Crowborough) are taking part in the ‘Love Your Local Market’ campaign during the month of May.
Mary Portas first put forward the idea of a Market Day as part of her proposals to the Government about revitalise High Streets. In The Portas Review she says market stalls are a great way for entrepreneurs to test out an idea for a new business.
And Andy Bamford, who runs both Crowborough and Uckfield Markets agrees. He told Stephan Butler from CrowboroughLife you don’t have to be a farmer to have a stall at the market, and he would welcome new traders who make items at home and want to test the market:
Paula Holgate is a regular at Crowborough Farmers’ Market. She sells sausages made from the free range pigs reared on her son’s farm. Jay Joel and his wife Sophie breed rare Tamworth and Berkshire pigs at Framfield Farm near Uckfield.
Some of the other stalls include:
- Botterells – Fish and Shellfish
- Renhurst Farm – Butcher
- Batts Farm – Free range eggs
- Rapkyns Nursery – Plants and Flowers
- Southdown bacon smokers and curers
- Simply Veg – Fresh fruit and veg
- Handmade planters and bird boxes
- The Podgy Pieman
- The Proper Tea Co.
- Flourpower city Bread
- Hand made cupcakes and cookies
Andy Bamford, who runs both Crowborough and Uckfield Farmers’ Markets, says one of the main challenges Crowborough currently faces is its location. Whereas Uckfield’s market is in a prominent location in the Luxford car park and has plenty of passing trade, Crowborough’s market is now tucked away behind the High Street. He says he like it to move to the main Croft Road car park, but the move is being resisted by Waitrose. There is an agreement in place between Waitrose and Wealden District Council about an allocation of spaces in the car park.
Waitrose said a full review was undertaken following the request for a move to the Croft Road car park, involving the Chamber of Commerce and other stateholders. A spokesperson for Waitrose said:
We want to see the farmer’s market thrive and while demand for parking on a Saturday means we are sadly unable to allocate spaces for them, we did explore the option to host the market on Sundays.
Crowborough Farmers’ Market is on the fourth Saturday in the month between 9 and 1pm, and is located behind WH Smith in the New Road car park.
The next market is on Saturday 28th June.
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If you are interested in hiring a stall all of Andy’s contact details are on the AB Markets website.