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SIDMOUTH: Community market returns

Friday, 17 January 2014

Sidmouth Community Market has been a monthly event for more than four years now, and on Saturday, January 11th the St John Hall on Blackmore Drive was bustling with activity as stalls were set up again for the first market of 2014.
Organised by the environmental organisation Vision Group for Sidmouth (VGS), the indoor market is held on the second saturday of each month to promote local producers and growers, aiming to cut food miles and maintain local resources.
“Everything here today has come from within 12 miles,” said organiser Kerry Gibbons.
“December was absolutely packed, but January can sometimes be a bit slow, so today we're enticing people in with some free soup.”
There were a variety of producers including Maggie Todd from Smallicombe Farm selling lamb and salt beef as well as woollen hats and blankets from her own flock.
There was honey from Bee’s Knees Honey, Lympstone, and fresh meat and game from SB Stanbury and Sons.
Margaret Fairhurst, selling her home-made jams, chutneys and cakes has had a stall since the market first began, and Marion Turnbull, selling her home-made sourdough breads, said: “Everything here is so fresh – I only baked these last night.”
Riverwood Farm, who supply TV’s River Cottage with their guinea fowl, had chicken and eggs for sale as well as sausages made from woodland raised pigs.

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