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Essex Farmers Markets

Putting Customers and Producers face-to-face.

The   huge   popularity   of   Farmers’   Markets   across   the   UK   today   has   marked a    return    to    simple,    uncomplicated,    face-to-face    transactions    between producers    and    their    customers,    in    the    belief    that    bigger    is    not    always better. For    more    than    half    a    century,    the    demands    of    modern    living    have encouraged   the   growth   of   a   superstore   mentality   with   its   pre-packaged foods    and    all-year-round    chain    of    supply.    Seasons    and    regions    where produce    was    at    its    natural    best    were    bypassed    in    order    to    fulfil    the commercial   requirement   of   constant   availability.   Transport,   packaging   and volume   of   production   were   all   geared   to   the   needs   of   the   industry   and people   began   to   forget   the   tastes   of   freshly   picked   fruit   and   vegetables, locally reared meat and traditionally baked bread and cakes. Over   the   last   decade,   however,   consumers   have   realised   that   there   is   an   alternative.   The   wish   to   return   to   real   food,   produced   near   home, began   to   make   sense   as   freshness,   flavour   and   food   value   were   once   again   seen   as   important.   The   food-buying   public   rediscovered   farm shops   and   remembered   how   food   once   was   before   it   was   processed   and   pre-packaged   for   the   international   marketplace.   They   also   became concerned about how many miles their food had travelled and the implications for the environment. Creating    Farmers’    Markets    has    proved    to    be    the    perfect    way    of    re- establishing   a   direct   relationship   between   producer   and   consumer.   Their existence   is   helping   to   revive   old   craft   traditions   and   small-scale   production where   commitment   and   direct   accountability   contribute   significantly   to   the quality of the produce. At    Essex    Farmers’    Markets,    we    are    fostering    these    values    by    bringing selected   local   producers   to   village   halls,   high   streets   and   market   squares around the county. You could say that we are going back to the farm gate to rediscover a taste of Essex. Contact 01268 733111

Upcoming Events

Friday 21st, 28th July 09:00 Brentwood Chartered Farmers and Retail Market (High Street) Saturday  22nd, 29th July 09:00 Brentwood Chartered Farmers and Retail Market (High Street) 22nd July 09:00 Southend-on-Sea (High Street) 23rd July 10:00 Highams Park (The Avenue) 6th August 10:00 Wanstead
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