A Farmers Market is coming back to the Market Place in Knaresborough on the third Saturday of each month from September. Dates have been confirmed for the 17th September, 15th October, 19th November and 17th December.
The market will be officially opened by the Town Crier and will run from 10am to 3pm.
Earlier this year Knaresborough Town Council established a working group to examine ways of relaunching a farmers market.
Their work has paid off and the new farmers market will see honey, pretzel, soup, Italian and Indian food stalls (and more) returning to the centre of Knaresborough.
All products are locally sourced, good quality and sold at the market by the producer.
Chairman of the working group responsible for bringing back the farmers market, Cllr James Monaghan said:
By holding the farmers market on a Saturday we hope the stalls will be busier and that their presence will encourage more people into Knaresborough to use local shops.
Knaresborough has brilliant local shops and I hope residents who wouldn’t normally think of doing their shopping in the centre of Knaresborough will be tempted to come and see what is on offer.
The previous farmers market closed because of poor footfall on Sundays, but holding the new farmers market on a Saturday will address this problem, and by only using the paved areas in the Market Place the stalls won’t take up valuable parking spaces. The new farmers market will be managed by Otley Town Partnership.
Jane Chidley from Otley Town Partnership, who will be running the farmers market said:
We are really pleased with the response of stall holders so far. We have 13 stalls confirmed for the first market and 15 in October. This is more than attended the previous farmers market and we hope to add even more stalls in the coming weeks.
The organisers of the farmers market will make one stall available to a local charity each month for them to promote themselves and help raise funds for their cause. Charities interested in attending should contact Otley Town Partnership or Knaresborough Town Council.