September 30, 2013, by sustainablenottingham

Sample the Sutton Bonington Farmers’ Market

Bethany Cornish, Public Relations Officer for Sutton Bonington Farmers’ Market, gives a taste of what to expect as the market returns for 2013/14.

Now in its third year, the award-winning Sutton Bonington Farmers’ Market (SBFM) is a thriving market on The University of Nottingham’s rural campus. Open to students, staff and members of the public alike, we bring together farmers, craftspeople and consumers from across Leicestershire and the neighbouring counties.

Apples for sale at the farmers' market

Farmers’ markets often focus on cutting down the distance from farm to fork as it is an increasing concern up and down the nation. Pollution and fuel supplies are the main causes for this worry and farmers’ markets are confronting this issue by not only helping to reduce the distance our food travels but often the distance the consumers travel as well – additionally this means the food we sell is also really fresh.

Melton Mowbray pies

With a focus on organic and free-range produce, farmers’ markets such as ours in Sutton Bonington are like magnets to the eco-consumer, attracting those who care about our environment and even inspiring the younger generations – here in Sutton Bonington we are often visited by the local primary schools that come for lunch and to maybe buy something for Mum and Dad.

Rhubarb and leeks for sale at the farmers' market

After winning a ‘Food Oscar’ last year, this year SBFM is hoping to grow from green strength to greener strength by introducing our new bags to the markets – encouraging people to ditch the disposable plastic bags for something stronger, more sustainable and more comfortable to carry when bursting with produce!

Sutton Bonington Farmers’ Market holds markets throughout the academic year, moving a few stalls inside when the icy weather hits and we often play host to other University societies such as Nightline or live music – and even carols – from the SB Music Society, providing entertainment to browsing customers and stallholders.

Markets are held during term time on the first Wednesday of the month.

Come and see us at the first market of the year: Wednesday 2 October, 11.30am – 3.30pm, outside Main Building.

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