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Archers Fire Off Farmers' Market

Stratford's first ever farmers' market takes place this Saturday, 5 June, with a special appearance by Trevor Harrison, who plays Eddie Grundy in The Archers radio series. Some 30 local food producers from the surrounding countryside will be selling a variety of top quality produce including meats, farm fresh vegetables (when in season), fruit and juices, unusual plants and seedlings, ice-creams, speciality cheeses, free-range eggs, local honeys, preserves, bottled veg and more.

"If the farmers' markets that have been held in other towns around the country are anything to go by, the Stratford market will be a very popular event," says James Pavitt, the project officer.

"There will also be musicians and folk dancers to create a festival atmosphere, with this farmers' market planned to be the first of many in Stratford-upon-Avon.

"Three trial markets (Saturday 5 June, 3 July and 7 August) have been funded by Stratford District Council, Warwickshire County Council, and South Warwickshire Business Partnership as part of their continued commitment to promote healthy eating, a cleaner environment and to help revive the rural economy.

"It is hoped that the farmers' market will continue to be held on the first Saturday in the month, every month, providing townsfolk with a regular supply of high-quality local produce, whilst directly supporting local farmers, growers and food producers.

"Fans of The Archers will already know that there is also to be a farmers' market in Borchester, the fictional town near Ambridge located somewhere very close to south Warwickshire and Stratford-upon-Avon."

The market will be open between 9.00am and 2.00pm in Rother Street. Trevor Harrison (Eddie Grundy) will be officially declaring the first Stratford-upon-Avon farmers market open at 11.00am, along with other members of The Archers' cast, Patricia Gallimore (Pat Archer) and Hedli Niklaus (Kathy Perks). Official guests include the Chairman of Stratford District Council Cllr Keith Lambert, the Mayor of Stratford Cllr Angela Colbeck, and the MP for Stratford-upon-Avon John Maples.

This project has been undertaken as part of the District Council's ongoing commitment to improve the environment. Stratford District Council is one of just two nation-wide to be registered under the European Community's Environmental Management System (the Eco Management and Audit Scheme - EMAS). EMAS commits the Council to continuous environmental improvement and as part of this the Council has undertaken 100s of environmental initiatives over the last few years.

Mark Lepkowski, press officer on 01789 260104
James Pavitt, Farmers market project officer 01789 414002

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