We all know the busy, bustling Holmfirth Farmers’ Market has been a huge success for Holmfirth. But now its been officially recognised as a top award winner.
The popular little market has been named as a runner up in a national awards scheme which closely follows Queensgate Market being named as Market of the Year.
See our photo right of winners and runners-up.
Holmfirth Farmers Market was the first in the North of England and has now been running for 15 years. It has been an accredited with FARMA since the scheme was started 10 years ago and this certification means shoppers can buy with confidence knowing that all produce is from a 40 mile radius of the market.
The market was selected as a finalist in the FARMA awards because of the quality of stallholders, the excellent partnership working between the council and the stallholders and the importance of the market to the wider town centre. Almost 100 entries were submitted for the awards. Holmfirth was visited by the judging panel in October 2012 and then selected as one of six finalists in January.
Cllr Peter McBride, Kirklees Cabinet member for Investment and Regeneration, told the Holmfirth website: “The Awards, known collectively as the ‘FARMAs’, recognise farm shops, farmers’ markets, pick-your own and farm destination sites, which stand out from the crowd in 2013. They exemplify a passion for local food, a commitment to farming and the environment, a talent for retail, and the fruits of a lot of hard work. Holmfirth Farmers Market was the first in the North of England and is still amongst the best.”
The FARMA awards are judged by the farm retail sector itself, and awarded to those businesses who they believe to be outstanding in what they have achieved and how they have achieved it.
The Holmfirth Farmers Market takes place on the third Sunday of each month from 9am to 2pm.