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Sunday, 23 November 2014

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Keeping it local in Egremont

JEWELLERY-MAKING and harp music were enjoyed at the first Egremont Farmers’ Market of 2014.

Helen Shipton-Smith, organiser of the event in the Market Hall, said: “It’s been very good today, especially when you consider January is normally a bad month.

“As always, the focus has been to encourage people to buy local produce from local suppliers which ensures the money is kept local.”

The market also included fresh baking, knitting, wood ornaments, cakes, fairtrade products and photos all being sold.

David Crayston, owner of Haile Mill Better Bread, said: “It has been a really good day and I’ve had lots of people trying lots of different things.

“I try to make lots of different breads, mixing in different ingredients to achieve different flavours.

“I only bring tasters along to these sessions so that people can try or take away the different breads and then come back to me if they like them and want more.”

The next farmers’ market will be held on Friday, February 21, which will have a special theme to encourage children to go along.

The market will host interactive children’s activities, including baking sessions and designing egg cups.

Helen said: “We really want to encourage parents to bring their children along and then they can see what’s on offer here. It will also give the parents a chance to get involved in the market as well.”

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