Farmers' market boost for Great Harwood

A MONTHLY farmers’ market could bring a town square to life if a trial event is a success The bid to host a farmers’ market in Towngate, Great Harwood, is the brainchild of a local business and has now received the backing of Hyndburn Council.

Following the success of four annual markets at Gaskells Motor Bodies in Alan Ramsbottom Way, the business decided it could make a regular attraction right in the centre of the town.

Hyndburn Council is hoping the event will raise cash for charities while providing a chance for local traders to boost their business.

The council is hoping to see local food producers get involved in a trial event on Sunday.

If it is a success it could become a regular attraction in Great Harwood.

Clare Pritchard, cabinet member for markets, said: “Gaskells have done a fantastic job of providing a service to local people and raising money for charity.

“We want local shops and producers to get involved if possible, with traders like butchers in particular, in demand. We are really pleased they are going to work with us.

“Working together we hope to generate more footfall in the centre of Great Harwood and encourage people from the locality and wider region to come and visit.”

Gaskells have already featured four popular farmers markets on their premises.

Nick Gaskell from the firm said it will continue at their own premises but they also hope to see a regular Towngate market take off each month on a Sunday. He said: “We started this as a way to promote ourselves and get more involved in the community. It was soon clear that it was something people really liked and it draws people in.”

The Farmers’ Market will feature a range of locally-produced products. The cost to rent a stall will be £10 and all the money will go to charity.

For more details, call Rob Grigorjevs, town centre manager, on 01254 380980.

About farmer's markets

  • 48 per cent of people surveyed believe farmers’ markets have a vital role to play in the survival of British farming and visit them whenever possible
  • 62 per cent of people surveyed are concerned about supermarkets squeezing out British farmers and food producers
  • 36 per cent of people surveyed seek out independent or locally sourced food
  • Up to 60 jobs were created thanks to the recent emergence of farmers markets in Cumbria and North Lancashire
  • Ramsbottom Farmers’ Market has enjoyed an ongoing success and overwhelming public response
  • Ribble Valley event, the Bowland Farmers’ Market, is held at Browsholme Hall on the first Sunday of the month, excluding January.
  • The first Farmers’ Market in Grimsargh was held in Spring 2006, as a fund-raising event for the Village Hall

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8:46pm Thu 31 Jan 13

arrod baw says...

Need to support markets like these,most of the meat sold in not so `super`markets is absolute tosh.I am a meat expert from a previous life!
Need to support markets like these,most of the meat sold in not so `super`markets is absolute tosh.I am a meat expert from a previous life! arrod baw

8:58pm Thu 31 Jan 13

bubble of reason says...

About farmer's markets
•48 per cent of people surveyed believe farmers’ markets have a vital role to play in the survival of British farming and visit them whenever possible
•62 per cent of people surveyed are concerned about supermarkets squeezing out British farmers and food producers
•36 per cent of people surveyed seek out independent or locally sourced food
•Up to 60 jobs were created thanks to the recent emergence of farmers markets in Cumbria and North Lancashire
.....Where was This SURVEY Taken???? At A Farmer's Market? Jeez....
About farmer's markets •48 per cent of people surveyed believe farmers’ markets have a vital role to play in the survival of British farming and visit them whenever possible •62 per cent of people surveyed are concerned about supermarkets squeezing out British farmers and food producers •36 per cent of people surveyed seek out independent or locally sourced food •Up to 60 jobs were created thanks to the recent emergence of farmers markets in Cumbria and North Lancashire .....Where was This SURVEY Taken???? At A Farmer's Market? Jeez.... bubble of reason

9:06pm Thu 31 Jan 13

popey... :-) says...

Well done Nick and Gaskell motor bodies a great way to promote local business I for one will be more than willing to support you in this venture ... Neil
Well done Nick and Gaskell motor bodies a great way to promote local business I for one will be more than willing to support you in this venture ... Neil popey... :-)

9:19pm Thu 31 Jan 13

mavrick says...

Why is it Hyndburn council did not promote this idea a few years ago? This idea of encouraging markets has been suggested and rejected many times. I do hope this takes off as Gt. Harwood market is an embarrassing joke.
The only criticism of Farmers markets I have is they are expensive.
Why is it Hyndburn council did not promote this idea a few years ago? This idea of encouraging markets has been suggested and rejected many times. I do hope this takes off as Gt. Harwood market is an embarrassing joke. The only criticism of Farmers markets I have is they are expensive. mavrick

12:32am Fri 1 Feb 13

fee-fee says...

Brilliant news. Support your local producers and craftspersons. I agree, some of the produce may be more expensive than you would find in a supermarket but in many cases you get what you pay for. The quality of these locally produced foods and crafts is generally superior.
Brilliant news. Support your local producers and craftspersons. I agree, some of the produce may be more expensive than you would find in a supermarket but in many cases you get what you pay for. The quality of these locally produced foods and crafts is generally superior. fee-fee

11:02am Fri 1 Feb 13

2 for 5p says...

Remember to take out a bank loan before you visit a farmers market, youl need it.
the saying one born every minute springs to mind. :-)
Remember to take out a bank loan before you visit a farmers market, youl need it. the saying one born every minute springs to mind. :-) 2 for 5p

2:09pm Fri 1 Feb 13

ossyjohn says...

Farmers markets (or local producers markets which is slightly more accurate) are not expensive, in most cases they are cheaper than buying at a supermarket. I would challenge anyone to do an equivalent shop at Tesco or Asda or wherever and then compare prices. Yes, you can get cheaper food but you get what you pay for, just look at what was in the cheap burgers that many people were buying recently!
Farmers markets (or local producers markets which is slightly more accurate) are not expensive, in most cases they are cheaper than buying at a supermarket. I would challenge anyone to do an equivalent shop at Tesco or Asda or wherever and then compare prices. Yes, you can get cheaper food but you get what you pay for, just look at what was in the cheap burgers that many people were buying recently! ossyjohn

3:02pm Fri 1 Feb 13

arrod baw says...

Neigh....ossyjohn...
what you saying?lol
Neigh....ossyjohn... what you saying?lol arrod baw

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