With the nation’s growing appetite for local food, farmers markets in the rural areas of west Cornwall are to receive help to expand through a pilot project over the next 18 months.
The project is run by the South Kerrier Alliance Community Interest Company and will start in early December. It was developed by eight farmers markets and it will invest in new initiatives to help all of them, including recruiting a project coordinator.
The markets and their new coordinator will research what makes markets successful, how to overcome the barriers for local food producers to sell at markets and to the local catering industry and will support and advise food producers and market organisers.
Clare Leverton, Local Action Group manager, explained: “South Kerrier Alliance has received a grant of £60k from the West Cornwall Local Action Group for this project because it is helping deliver the Group’s objectives to develop the rural economy of West Cornwall through innovation and enterprise.”