Brough Farmers' Market
What is a Farmers' Market?
The definition given by the FARMA (the National Farmers' Retail & Markets Association, formerly the National Association of Farmers' Markets) is:
"A Farmers' Market is one in which farmers, growers or producers from a defined local area are present in person to sell their own produce, direct to the public. All product should have been grown, reared, caught, brewed, pickled, baked, smoked or processed by the stallholder"
In the case of Brough Farmers' Market its local area is defined by its organisers as being a thirty mile radius from Brough, which includes significant areas of Cumbria, County Durham and North Yorkshire. The organisers also reserve the right to invite producers from outside this area (up to a maximum radius of 100 miles) if they can supply products which are not otherwise available.
Because the food is local, it is fresh. Because it is being sold by the producer, you are getting it from someone who knows how it has been produced. Someone you can talk to, and who needs you to appreciate its quality because that producer wants to sell to you again...and again...and again!
Brough Farmers' Market has been opened both to give local producers a local outlet, to enhance the variety of food which can be purchased in the area, and to attract visitors to the village of Brough.