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Farmers' markets

Food lovers rave about the fresh, seasonal produce these markets offer...

CarrotsThey have become a major part of the community in many small villages, towns and cities across Wales, strengthening and re-establishing food networks. Farmers’ markets give shoppers and producers a chance to meet surrounded by stalls selling produce often fresh from the field that morning, an experience far removed from the monotony of the weekly shop.

Food lovers rave about the fresh, seasonal produce these markets offer – many of which are True Taste award winners. The best of Welsh cheese, meat, fish and other products, which are often organic, artisan and specialist, all make regular appearances.

A social enterprise rather than just a farmers’ market, Riverside Community Market association in Cardiff gives locals access to affordable, fresh produce while also contributing to the regeneration of the local area. This company has grown ‘organically’ over recent years and now operates four different markets across the city. RCMA’s biggest market, the Riverside Real Food Market overlooking the Millennium Stadium, takes place each Sunday and offers a fantastic range of produce with typically over 1,600 visitors each week.

Further west, Haverfordwest Farmers’ Market (operating every other Friday at the Riverside Shopping Centre with around 27 stallholders) prides itself on selling a great range of Pembrokeshire-grown produce. You’ll be hard-pressed to find a livelier and more welcoming market.

Up north, Conwy Farmers’ Market has to be one of the most picturesque. Taking place on the last Wednesday of the month in the grounds of the RSPB’s Conwy nature reserve, visitors can enjoy views of the Conwy Estuary as well as shopping for delicious produce.

For further information on farmers’ markets throughout Wales go to www.fmiw.co.uk