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THE HISTORIC monthly Windsor Farmers’ Market on St Leonard’s Road is being relaunched after a public consultation.
Armed with a host of new artisan food and craft stalls, the event on Saturday 6th October has been timed to co-incide with British Food Fortnight.
The public consultation showed that locals wanted the market to stay and to extend with more traders after thinning out in recent months.
New stalls include Howe Farm Flowers based in the Chiltern Hills, Hartland Fudge and the artisan Maplewood Bakery while old favourites like Styans Family Produce (fruit and vegetables), Chiltern Farm Food (organic meats) and The Sunningdale Candle Co remain.
There will also be a childrens’ petting zoo once more, after proving a huge hit in recent trials showcasing young goats, tortoises, baby bunnies, geese, chickens and even a baby boar.
Windsor has a long history of market stalls going back almost 1000 years. The St Leonard Road street market has been running the first Saturday of every month since 2005, and maintains a loyal foodie following. It also benefits from a number of independent shops complementing the market including O’Driscolls Fishmonger, the Organic Bread Shop and a number of acclaimed nearby restaurants.
The British Food Fortnight runs from Saturday 22nd September through to Sunday 7th October, and this year young farmers are joining The Love British Food campaign to help promote British food.
Market spokesman Sharon van Geuns explained: “We are a fantastic neighbourhood market with a great range of produce and we urge everyone to come along but especially those who haven’t been along before. We have a range of new traders although the market is still growing. We need the public to support our British local farmers and producers so we can continue to grow.
“At a farmers’ markets like ours, you cut out the middle man and buy fresh quality food straight from the farmer, whilst reducing your food air miles. Customers are also supporting
the local economy by purchasing from our hard-working farmers’ and producers. We have organic meats including game when in season; beautiful fruits and vegetables; local cheeses, honey and olive oil. We also have crafts on sale including bespoke children’s fairy outfits, candles and wire art.”
The Windsor Farmer’s Market is open between 09:00 – 13:00 on the first Saturday of the month. It is part of the Thames Valley Farmers’ Market Co-operative which is a not-forprofit organisation and developed in association with the Windsor & Eton Town Partnership. The closest car park is at East Berks College off Trinity Place, a minute’s walk away.