Orton Farmers' Market
is held on the 2nd Saturday of every month
next market: 9 November 9.30am-2pm
November market adds to a busy day in Orton
It will be a busy day in Orton on Saturday 9 November as stallholders on the monthly Farmers’ Market build up to their Christmas food and festivities. There will also be pumpkin carving activities on the Market and the local school support group is organising a Tabletop Sale to raise funds too.
“There is always extra demand for stalls for November and December markets,” says Market Coordinator, Leanne Duerden, “and there are often a few new faces and returning favourites among the stallholders. November is usually one of our biggest and best markets of the year, especially if the weather is kind to us, and there seems to be a lot happening around the village this year too.”
The pumpkin carving follows hot on the heels of Jack O’Lanterns for Hallowe’en. “There is something very seasonal about pumpkin, squash and all the other seasonal vegetables with their rich autumnal colours,” says Leanne. “I don’t see why pumpkin carving should be limited to Hallowe’en and there’ll be lots of ideas and inspiration for young carvers to create something a bit different.”
Visitors to the Market can have a sit down and refreshments in Church, at Kennedy’s Fine Chocolates, in the Silver Yard Café Deli and in the Market Hall itself and the Silver Yard Gallery craft cooperative will be open too so there is plenty happening in the village. And there should be bargains in school too as the Friends of Orton School group of supporters is holding a Tabletop Sale at the southern end of the village during the morning.
“Part of the attraction of Orton Farmers’ Market is its village setting,” says Leanne, “and this month’s Market is a perfect example. All we need is a crisp and dry sunny day for an afternoon walk or a cycle ride and it will make a perfect day out.”
The Market at Orton opens at 9.30am until 2pm and there are refreshments available throughout the morning in various spots around the village.
Orton Farmers’ Market opens at 9.30am and runs until 2pm on Saturday 9 March. Refreshments are available throughout the day in the Market Hall, at All Saints’ Church and also at Kennedy’s Chocolates café and The George Hotel and there is also a fundraising Cake Stall in church in aid of Friends of Orton School.
Orton Farmers’ Limited was set up as a community enterprise company and has been operating as an accredited monthly Farmers’ Market in Orton since 2001, winning the National Farmers’ Market of the Year Award in 2005. The Market happens on the second Saturday of every month and can include up to 40 different stallholders, all of them coming from within a 50 mile radius of Orton and many of them from the immediate community, including local farmers. See www.ortonfarmers.co.uk for details.