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News - 24 June 2006

George Street market celebrates a year of success

On Saturday 24 June the George Street market clocked up one year since it was first piloted. It has been so successful that it is now a definite date in the calendar - held on the last Saturday of each month.

Local farmers and food producers sell their jams, chutneys, cheeses, fruit and vegetables, cakes and bread, and much more. Each event promises to be slightly different because the fruit and vegetables are home grown and seasonal.

To celebrate its first birthday Jethro Carr of the Kitchen Academy was invited along to run cookery demonstrations between 11am and 2pm, featuring exclusive dishes with fresh local produce. The dishes were all prepared from scratch, showing how easy it is to create healthy meals with local seasonal ingredients, for the locals to sample.

Brighton & Hove City Council together with the Brighton & Hove Food Partnership and the Common Cause Co-operative has developed this new market, which encourages small-scale, environmentally friendly producers.

Farmers markets’ provide many environmental, social, economic and health benefits. These include:

  • an opportunity for customers to talk to producers
  • bringing a spirit of fun and community back into shopping
  • a direct marketing outlet for smaller family farms unable to meet supermarket demands for specified size, shape and quantity
  • growers sell direct to the customer so the price paid, even for organic produce, can be lower than from supermarkets
  • encouraging organic and environmentally friendly farming
  • a reduction of ‘food miles’ and packaging

For further information about the Farmer’s Market contact the Common Cause Cooperative on (01273) 470900, e-mail debbie@commoncause.org.uk, or visit their website at www.commoncause.org.uk

 


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