Sheffielders called on to support local produce

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LOCAL producers, businesses and farmers are calling on Sheffielders to come and support their own at Bradfield Farmers Market this weekend.

The market will showcase a wide range of famous local names, including Our Cow Molly, the Sheffield Honey Company and Dig for Charity. It was set up in direct response to calls from local farmers and businesses for support from their local regions, particularly during this difficult financial climate.

“We have found that Sheffield people are really proud of produce made in Sheffield,” said Eddie Andrew from Our Cow Molly Ice Cream.

“I feel passionately about working to change buying habits throughout the city and getting people buying produce from Sheffield.”

Councillor Alan Hooper said: “The market has been a huge success already, with over 40 stalls of fantastic food, services and produce on offer.

“I’m sure people can’t wait to stock up again this weekend.”

Village Officer Sharon Batty helped get the Farmers Markets off the ground after organising a workshop on local food.

“I’m delighted for the local businesses that the markets have been such a success,” she said.

“They are a real a showcase for the quality produce grown and made locally – much of it in Sheffield’s back garden.”

The Northern Community Assembly, who organise the Farmers Market, also supports local growers and farmers through the organisation of meetings with large contractors, looking at how small local businesses can compete for contracts. The first of these meetings took place earlier this month.

Mark Woodward of Green Directions, a specialist conference centre in Stannington, said: “The Farmers Market has already been a great way for small businesses in the area to promote themselves to local people. The success of these markets already shows that there is a demand amongst the public to shop locally in this way. It’s also been a great way for me to get to know other small business owners in the area.”