The new grant has enabled the Farmers’ Market members to purchase ten portable gazebo marquees which will enable them to use open air venues in Brecon as well as their traditional use of the Brecon Market Hall. Following a successful trial at this year’s Jazz weekend in August, the next market is planned for Saturday 31st October on the pedestrian areas outside the Wellington Hotel and above the Library. The plan is to hold a regular market on the fourth Saturday of the month allowing visitors and residents to purchase locally produced food on a more regular basis.
Brecknock Farmers’ Market has over 50 local produce members who regularly provide a producer managed market that sells direct to the public. They provide marketing, production and provision of facilities for the sale of members’ produce, as well as supporting new and small producers promoting sustainable and environmentally friendly practices.
The members sell a wide variety of produce at the market including organic and conventional lamb, beef, pork, poultry and goat, traditional cakes, cream cakes, fresh welsh cakes and patisserie, scotch eggs, olives, chocolates, chutneys, cheeses, pasta, bread, beer, wine, cider, pickles, apple juice and Indian cuisine.
Cllr Evan Morgan, Chairman for the Sustainable Development Fund for Bannau Brycheiniog National Park Authority said: “From the year 2000 we have supported the Brecknock Farmers’ Market and we are delighted with their new plans for expansion into the town. Our farming communities are an enormous asset to the Bannau Brycheiniog National Park and the role they play in producing top quality Welsh food and produce has a huge impact on our local economy. This latest SDF grant will ensure the financial sustainability of the Farmers Market in Brecon, ensuring local food and increased footfall within the town on market days.”
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