FRANK DELANEY has a small poultry farm on Neat Marsh Road, Preston and hopes to be able to use the 7-acre site to hold a Farmers’ Market every week on Saturdays. The venue for the market is a large barn which would provide cover for the indoor market, but the outside-area could be utilised for stalls in better weather and there is ample land to be developed for car-parking.
Frank is seeking local views about the idea which would provide a useful outlet for local farmers, growers and crafts people. It would also plug a gap in local provision, the nearest Farmers’ Market being ten miles away in Hessle. “There would be nothing else like this in the local area,” says Frank, “you have to travel miles to the Humber Bridge to find the nearest Farmers Market – and that only takes place every month.”
Following a serious accident two years ago, the amount of time that Frank can spend working on his chicken farm has been limited. The Farmers’ Market would allow him to diversify into a different area and would also enable him to employ some local people to help.
“People have been very positive about the idea,” says Frank, “but I would really like more feedback from local people about the idea. I would like to use that information to share with local planners from the council.”
Farmers’ Markets traditionally make available more local, fresher and seasonal produce. They allow the farmers and other stall-holders to sell directly to the public. By cutting down on the ‘middlemen’ the costs to the customer should be cheaper whilst maximising the profits to the stall-holder. Farmers’ Markets can also become a great community attraction in a local area and bring in more visitors.
So what do you think? Would you use a local Farmers Market in Preston regularly?
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