Sketts Midlands Farmers' Markets
They are very proud to claim that all their farmers' markets are as authentic now as they were 12 years ago. Strict criteria must be met by all producers, which includes a home visit by an independent consultant, and they must be within a 50-mile radius of the market site. It is wonderful to know that the person across the counter is the person that has been in the process of production from start to finish. They are also happy and proud to offer advice on how best to cook, eat and enjoy their product.
The success of the farmers' markets flies in the face of supermarket domination, thanks to the support of loyal satisfied customers that return time and time again. They all agree that once you have experienced local fresh produce you'll never go back. Knowing that you are supporting your local farmer only enhances the feel-good factor.
Sketts are due to launch a dedicated website for their farmers' markets offering current information on dates and locations. It will also keep you informed of what's in season with recipes and features on producers, as well as offering direct links with producers. Facebook and Twitter will also inevitably play their part. Sketts currently have farmers' markets at Birmingham New Street, Brindleyplace, Broadway, Coventry, Harborne, Oxford, Pershore, Royal Leamington Spa, Solihull, Stratford-upon- Avon, Stourbridge and Warwick.