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Horsforth community celebrates a year of monthly market
A farmers’ market which is celebrating its first anniversary has won praise from its local MP.
Horsforth Farmers Market was launched last year by the town’s churches.
Since then, the monthly event has become a community meeting place with entertainment and music adding to the atmosphere.
The market, which is a member of FARMA (the National Farmers’ Retail and Markets Association), is a non-profit community venture hosted by Horsforth Churches Together. It has a wide range of stalls selling produce such as organic vegetables, meat, fresh fish, eggs, cakes and chocolate.
Horsforth, Aireborough and Pudsey MP Stuart Andrew helped celebrate its first anniversary on Saturday, October 5.
Mr Andrew was invited to cut the ceremonial ribbon to start the event, which had a good turn-out from residents and supporters.
He said: “Horsforth Farmers’ Market is something that has quickly become something of an institution in the town and I was delighted to be there for its one-year anniversary.
“Horsforth Churches Together have done an incredible job in instigating and then maintaining the regular markets which offer a massive range of excellent local produce and food of exceptional quality and I was truly honoured to cut the ribbon which started off the anniversary celebrations.
“I wish to offer my congratulations to all that have been involved in making the market such a success.”
Duncan Stow, of Horsforth Churches Together, said: “We set up the market in order to support our local community and to develop it. We have had terrific feedback and it is nice to see everyone so excited as we celebrate our first anniversary.”
The market aims to encourage people to think about where their food comes from. It also helps community projects by providing a stall giving groups the chance to promote their work.
Proceeds have recently been used to give £250 to St Margaret’s Primary School’s chosen charity working with vulnerable communities in Matugga in Uganda.
The market runs from 9am to 12.30pm on the first Saturday of each month, excluding January, at the top of Town Street.