Brecon Farmers Market
2nd Saturday of the month in Brecon Market Hall
What are Farmers Markets?
Since 1997 when the first Farmers Market open in Bath, Farmers Markets have popped up all over the Country. At a Farmers Market local producers (mainly from a 30 mile radius, but wider if the product can not be sourced locally) sell their produce that they have grown, raised or produced themselves. You will find a wide seasonal selection of local produce often characteristic to the area.
Imagine being able to talk directly to the producer of your food. They can tell you exactly how they grow, rear, or produce their goods and can give you advice and tips on how you can prepare, cook, or consume the product.
What can I buy at a Farmers Market?
You can expect to find seasonal vegetables, fruit, meat, dairy produce i.e. eggs and cheese, plants, flowers, herbs, jam, chutneys, honey, fish, wine, craft cider, pies, cakes, apple juice and much much more at a Farmers Market.
Brecon Farmers Market in mid Wales prides itself on providing value for money. From 9.30am till 2.00pm on the second Saturday every month come along to the historic Market Hall in Brecon and see what we have to offer. The market hall is next to the Nat West bank in the High Street. There is a vibrant buzz of customers chatting to stallholders about their products, while others sit down and enjoy a cuppa with homemade cakes or a hot snack in the café, with background music from local artistes.
If you are a producer and think your products would complement our market, then come along and have a look, chat to one of the steering group members, and then give it a try for a couple of months. Get in touch with us anytime here
Update May, 2016
Brecon Farmers Market craftily goes local
Although Brecon Farmers Market is renowned for its fresh, local produce visitors to the Market are often surprised (and pleased) to discover local craftspeople selling their wares amongst the tables of vegetables, bread, cheese and other foods. Harry Chapman from Talybont-on-Usk is a regular trader with his woodturned bowls, breadboards, eggcups and more. As Brecon Farmers Market welcomes families with children Harry brings a small lathe with him so that they can watch him turn a piece of solid wood into a beautiful pot or goblet.
He tells us: “I’ve been making things from wood since my dad let me loose on his lathe at the age of 12 and since leaving the Royal Navy 15 years ago I’ve devoted my time to working as a woodturner, creating beautiful, practical hand-made wooden items for the home and for special occasions. I take pride in the the fact that the wood I use is sourced locally in the Brecon Beacons National Park.”
Another popular crafter is Jo Hughes from Pencelli, near Brecon. Jo is a spinner and weaver who uses a mixture of yarns, silk, cotton and wool to make scarves, wraps, cowls and bags. She uses her own designs and hand dyes many of the yarns.
Jo can be found at the market every month, weaving away at her loom and with a wonderful display of her latest designs.
One of the newer members of Brecon Farmers Market is Welsh Charcuteriers, based at Cwm Farm, Llanelli. Owners Ruth and Andrew Davies have been farming for 6 years, and in that time they have bred and raised rare breed pigs, cattle and chickens for the table. Their products have won many prizes, a Gold Star for their fresh laverbread sausages at the 2015 Great Taste Awards and their laverbread salami was awarded first place by Rosemary Shrager at the recent Great British Farm Produce Awards. Ruth says that one of their biggest claims to fame however is their catering at the Scarlets Stadium at the barn every home game!
Brecon Farmers Market takes place at Brecon’s indoor market hall on the second Saturday every month. There is also another market at the Muse, Brecon on the last Saturday monthly. The Muse is a lovely old building, originally a chapel and, more recently, Brecon’s ‘Old Museum’. It’s now been converted into a community arts venue and Brecon Farmers Market organisers are hoping that the additional market will become a popular destination for present and future customers.
For more information please visit www.breconfarmersmarket.co.uk
Update July 2015
Brecon Farmers Market celebrates Agincourt 600
Brecon Farmers’ Market not only sell the most wonderful food and drink but their local producers are never to shy away from a sartorial challenge. So in June the people of Brecon Farmers Market went into medieval mode for Agincourt 600 celebrations.
Habits were donned and hessian frocks were brought out of storage for a day of game pie and other suitable bellytimber.
Sadly this is unlikely to be repeated for another 100 years, although you never know – the usual ‘second Saturday of the month’ farmers market in Brecon is a more contemporary affair. Tapas is served, fresh
savory muffins are baked and, dare I say, chilli infused oil is drizzled.
With a mandate stating that the participants must be local and actually produce their own produce, this month Brecon Farmers Market welcomed Jules James the award winning Crickhowell based chocolatier from Black Mountain Gold. His fine artisan chocolate apparently ‘gives beautiful memories that last a lifetime’. That’s a bold claim indeed, but having tasted his great product, it’s hard to deny.
Keep up to date with what’s happening at www.breconfarmersmarket.co.uk,
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Remember, the air is clear up in the Brecon Beacons and the Farmers’ Market is the second Saturday of
every month held in the Brecon Market Hall.