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The farmers’ market in Edinburgh, Scotland, held every Saturday under the battlements of the city’s castle, has been named the UK’s best by the Farmers Retail and Markets Association (Farma), the national industry body.

Visited by 6,000-10,000 shoppers each week, the market started life in 2000 as a small monthly event, but has now developed into a showcase for Scottish agriculture.

Its 65 regular stallholders travel in from all over the country, including places as afar away as the Black Isle near Inverness, in the Scottish Highlands, and the island of Arran.

Rita Exner, the secretary of Farma, says farmers’ markets are rapidly emerging as a ‘significant, and sometimes crucial, source of income for Britain’s smaller producers’.

Since Britain’s first farmers’ market opened in Bath in 1997, the association estimates that there are now about 550 regular markets around the country.

The other shortlisted markets in the survey were:
Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire
Moseley, Birmingham
Tavistock, Devon
Deddington, Oxfordshire
Chepstow, Wales
For more information:
Scottish Association of Farmers’ Markets

The Guardian

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