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Shoppers in the Vale urged to buy local this Christmas

09 December 2015

Producers in the Vale of Glamorgan are calling on shoppers to support their local markets and retailers this Christmas.

Vale Farmers Market


From turkey and all the trimmings to festive favourites like mince pies and mulled wine, the complete Christmas is just on the doorstep. There are a whole host of producers who sell locally through a network of Farmers’ Markets, Farm Shops, Delis and also online.

 

Research shows that shopping locally has a positive impact on the local economy and consumers’ pockets, as well as having environmental benefits by reducing food miles and encouraging seasonality. And of course there is the opportunity to buy ‘something different’ and pick up a bargain or two!

 

Wales is home to a thriving network of Farmers Markets, which are full of tasty local produce and flavour surprises. There are more than 50 markets listed on the Farmers’ Markets in Wales website www.fmiw.co.uk. Among them is the Vale Farmers Market , which will be holding markets in both Penarth and Cowbridge in the run-up to Christmas.

 

Says Myfanwy Edwards of Vale Farmers Markets, "Our market has been established for 15 years. We have a wide range of fantastic produce from meat and vegetables to bread, cheese, beers, eggs and chocolates. Everything you would want for a great local Christmas. The producers come from all over South Wales. Come and support them and buy local this Christmas."

 

The Market has been able to tap into a raft of advice and support available under the European Union funded Rural Development Plan for Wales* (RDP) which supports rural producers and communities across Wales.

 

Rural Development teams across South East Wales and Neath Port Talbot, who are funded through the LEADER element of the RDP, are working together to promote the uptake of local produce and support the local economy, including Creative Rural Communities in the Vale of Glamorgan.

 

Assisting the groups is Cywain – a project created to bring added value to primary produce within the agriculture sector. 

 

The Farmers Union of Wales are also supporting the campaign and promoting their members locally produced goods.

 

“Local markets make a great change to the crowd-filled big stores and out of town retail parks. Shopping at a market is much less stressful, and a hugely enjoyable experience, says Cywain Development Manager, Rolant Tomos.

 

“You can’t beat the tastes, sights and smells of the food and drink on sale, and you know what you’re going to get is a really special quality artisan product.

 

“Importantly though, shoppers get the opportunity to interact with the producers, to ask questions and learn about the food and drink produced in their area.”

 

“When you buy locally this Christmas, the money stays locally. It helps the farmer maintain their farms, the stall holder develop their business and the producers to keep on producing their fantastic products. Try to buy one thing local this Christmas and you will make a difference.”

 

As well as the Vale Farmers Market, there are a number of other events and fayres happening this season where you can pick up some great local produce:

 

Friday 4th December From 6.00pm

Dickensian Christmas Fayre - The Old Village, Dinas Powys

Friday 4th December 9.30 - 12.30

Cowbridge Country Market - Cowbridge Lesser Hall

Saturday 5th December 9.00 - 12.00

Vale Farmers Market - Cowbridge, Arthur Johns

Saturday 5th December 10.00 - 4.00

Sully Christmas Market, Sully Sports & Social Club

Saturday 5th December 11.00 - 3.00

Christmas Fare - Tabernacle Church, King Square, Barry

Sunday 6th December 10.00 - 4.00

Sully Christmas Market, Sully Sports & Social Club

Sunday 6th December 10.30 - 4.30

Crafts for Christmas, St Donats Castle

Friday 18th December 9.30 - 12.30

Cowbridge Country Market - Cowbridge Lesser Hall

Saturday 12th December 10.00 - 4.00

Sully Christmas Market, Sully Sports & Social Club

Sunday 13th December 10.00 - 4.00

Sully Christmas Market, Sully Sports & Social Club

Saturday 19th December 10.00 - 4.00

Sully Christmas Market, Sully Sports & Social Club

Saturday 19th December  10.00 - 4.00

Llantwit Major Christmas Market - Town Centre

Saturday 19th December  9.00 – 12.30

Vale Farmers Market - Penarth, Westbourne School

Sunday 20th December 10.00 - 4.00

Sully Christmas Market, Sully Sports & Social Club

Tuesday 22nd December 9.30 - 12.30

Cowbridge Country Market - Cowbridge Lesser Hall

Wednesday 23rd December 9.00 - 12.00

Vale Farmers Market - Cowbridge, Arthur Johns

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