Following the huge success of Porthmadog Local Produce Market, that is held on the last Saturday of every month, some producers are working together to take the farmers’ market on the road. They will visit a number of different locations in the coming months, including Hafan y Môr, Blaenau Ffestiniog, Llanberis, Caernarfon and Bangor.
The Snowdonia Market Group has received funding through the Llwyddo yng Ngwynedd (Succeed in Gwynedd) Local Products project, i.e. Rural Development Paln for Wales 2007-2012 which is funded by the Welsh Government and the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development Plan and also the Môn a Menai project.
According to Mirain Gwyn, Local Product Coordinator “We sent an open invitation to all the producers in Gwynedd, offering them the opportunity of joining the Snowdonia Market Group. Some 12 producers responded to say that they wanted to be part of the group. This is a great opportunity to take the market to the people and various events, and even beyond Gwynedd. This is also an opportunity for producers to develop their businesses and for Gwynedd’s residents and visitors to experience and taste all the variety and quality of the produce here in Gwynedd.”
Amongst the producers attending the market are Tyddyn Mawr Meats Garndolbenmaen, Oinc Oink from Llithfaen, Village Veg from Waunfawr, Richlin Dairy Goats Products from Bryncroes, Eboni ac Eifori from Pwllheli, Aerona liqueur from Chwilog, Model Bakery from Blaenau Ffestiniog and number of cake producers such Debbie’s Cake’Ole, Cegin Pennant and Popty Lleuar.
Hazel Jones, Chairperson of the Snowdonia Market and Aerona liqueur producer noted “This is an opportunity to develop new markets and customers and visit different locations. We as producers are working together to ensure the success of the market. Once we have established we can develop, and hope that we will be able to invite other producers to join us and hire the equipments.”
Dafydd Iwan, Chairman of the Gwynedd Economic Partnership noted “There has been a lot of interest for some time in establishing a farmers market like this one in different locations such as on the Maes in Caernarfon. This is a fantastic opportunity to regenerate Gwynedd town centres and boost the local economy.”
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