A taste of rural life at Brecon Farmers’ Market

As Bishop’s Officer for Rural Life – part of my role is to support the rural community and those that live and work there.  It was a real pleasure to visit the Farmers’ Market in Brecon.

What are Farmers Markets?

Since 1997 when the first Farmers Market open in Bath, Farmers Markets have popped up all over the Country. At a Farmers Market local producers (mainly from a 30 mile radius, but wider if the product cannot be sourced locally) sell their produce that they have grown, raised or produced themselves. You will find a wide seasonal selection of local produce often characteristic to the area.  (taken from their webpage http://www.breconfarmersmarket.co.uk)

It was trying to snow the day I arranged to visit the Farmers’ Market held in Brecon at the historic Market Hall on the second Saturday of every month.

I received a very warm welcome from Karin Mear who is responsible for the marketing, who then introduced me to Brecon Farmers’ Market.

I walked around and talked to the stall holders, there were a great variety of stalls from sweets, to meat, cakes and a place to sit down and have coffee.

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Above is the café run by ‘Love at First Bake’..

Emily can be found at www.loveatfirstbake.co.uk

She also tempts people with gluten and wheat free delicious cakes as well.

Everyone was very friendly.. and as I talked to the stall holders it became evident that these were very much family run businesses.  As you see below this nine-year-old was helping out.

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If you have never been to a farmers’ market can I encourage you to go along and support them.

Below are a few of the people I talked to.  Thank you to everyone that greeted me so warmly and was so willing to talk about their products. I even tasted a few.

The Farmers Market only allows 10% crafts.  This lady has only just moved to the area, she uses natural Welsh slate on all the bird boxes.

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She markets them under Peak Planters, if you are interested she is on facebook: Peak Planters or you can email her on peakplanters@hotmail.com

This young man is the director Jeff Barry of Cymru Confectionery.

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It’s very much a family business, with his proud mum beside him. Crymruconfectionery.co.uk I tried the peanut butter fudge.. it certainly appealed to my sweet tooth.

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This is Ben he travels quite a distance to be at the farmers market, but what he provides is quite a variety of spices – www.parva-spices.co.uk

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Meet Cherille Jones she runs the hand made pet biscuit stall, I bought some for my dogs and they certainly enjoyed them.

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This is Mr Nice Pie.. he was a lovely friendly pieman.. His quote goes “The respected, inspected and long expected, Mr Nice pie is chirpily exulant to present for your feasting please the following alluring provisions.”

Try them for yourselves and let me know what you think..

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These were very unusual dried fruit and meat… I tried the strawberry and apple.  It had a lovely real strawberry flavour.. all natural.

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Amanda Jones also has delicious pastries to offer.

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I have tasted these lovely gluten free brownies at Pilgrims coffee shop at the Cathedral in Brecon a few times and Odette did promise that she would bring some with her next time she is at the Farmers Market in Brecon.. don’t forget Odette..

eggs

Everybody eats eggs these free range eggs are available from Trecastle.. not far from Brecon.  Thank you for the taste they made a great lunch.

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The final stall I visited was this one ‘Caroline’s’ ‘The Real Bread Company’ But on the morning I visited it was Father and daughter that were running the stall.

This small company is based at Merthry Cynog they also run a bakery school so if you are a budding baker why not go along and support a local business..

A very big thank you to everyone who talked to me, may God continue to bless the Farmers Market in Brecon.  I look forward to seeing you on March 11.