The centuries-old tradition of a Saturday market in Deddington, which ceased in 1830, has been revived - and it's been thriving since the new millennium. It was the winner in the South East region in Country Life's "Britain's Favourite Farmers' Market 2006" competition. It was also joint runner-up for the 2005 and 2006 National Farmers' Market of the Year Award. The market featured once again in Rose Prince's book The Good Produce Guide 2012. The market's founder, Charles Newey, was honoured posthumously when the National Farmers' Retail and Markets Association (FARMA) awarded him with its "Community Spirit Award for 2006". The market has also been a finalist in the Banbury Guardian's Community Awards as Rural Project of the Year and Community Group of the Year in 2005 and 2006.
The picture on the right is Deddington Market's 'Engine Room'.
They turn out at 07:00 every month to 'make the market happen' by erecting the stalls, and doing the take-down after the bell at the end of each market. A great team, who do a brilliant job.
Deddington Farmers' Market's featured in Rose Prince's 2011 edition of her book - The Good Produce Guide which lists over 1,000 places to buy the best food in the UK - says this about us:
"This market in a delightful village spot is loved by its customers for the sheer range of produce on offer, including artisan bread, fresh vegetables and fuit, wet fish, meat, honey, locally made mustard and preserves and homemade soups. The market is held in the square, with some stalls inside the church. Villagers report that its arrival has been a great boost to the economy and has spawned other community events such as the annual village show".
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