THE Real Food Community Market opens this Saturday (May 26) in Llandeilo.
The Black Mountain Food Hub (BMFH) is organising an all-food market in the centre of Llandeilo, in the court yard of the White Horse Inn.
The market will take place every last Saturday of the month from 10am to 3pm.
The main aim of the market is to provide good quality food in a festive environment while supporting local businesses. The market is made possible by the hard work of the BMFH in cooperation with Simon Buckley, owner of the White Horse Inn. Additional support has been through an Awards for All lottery grant.
The BMFH is a Community Interest Company that promotes local food producers and a wholesome food culture free from chemicals and additives in the Towy Valley and hills area. Although the Food Hub already runs an online farmers market the hub is now expanding to have a live market only focused on food produce.
A live market is an effective way of celebrating real food and educate communities about healthy eating who may otherwise not stumble across or have access to the online market. The White Horse Inn is lending the hub their court yard. With its central location it is ideal to catch more of the public and at the same time delivering a festive atmosphere to the event.
“The ‘Real’ in the Real Food Community Market refers to food that has been grown and reared by real people and not machines, food that has been through as little processing as possible and contains no unnecessary additives such as colourants, flavourings, preservatives and fillers like palm oil and soy lechitins which has an adverse impact on our health and the environment.
We also encourage organic food, but certification is not absolutely necessary as this can be expensive for small scale producers and farmers,” explains BMFH co-ordinator and nutritional expert Candace Browne.
BMFH encourages local producers to get in touch if they would like to sell their produce at the market. The producers can choose whether to pay £5 or 15% of the market earnings for a stall.
“We really hope that the market will be a success and that the community, punters and producers alike, will use it as an opportunity to show case their products and a place to buy real unprocessed food grown, reared and produced here in the region. This is invigorating for our health as well as for our local economy”, says Sara Tommerup, Director of the BMFH.