Monday, 28 September 2009

Ban the Bland at Harvest Fayre

Local autumn produce provided that extra-special ingredient for Haverfordwest Farmers Market's Harvest Fayre on Friday.

Shoppers were encouraged to ‘ban the bland’ and enjoy the flavour of harvest-time and real food, as they tasted a variety of British apples and enjoyed cookery demonstrations and tastings of seasonal recipes using farmers market produce.

The Fayre, which was part of the Farm and Retail Markets Association (FARMA) ‘Taste’ campaign, featured a variety of local producers, together with special activities such as pottery-throwing and, in conjunction with Bon Marche, the chance to win a produce hamper in aid of Macmillan Cancer Relief.

Pupils from Ysgol Bro Ingli in Newport visited the market to meet local producers as part of a Pembrokeshire County Council project to introduce more fresh, seasonal and local produce into school lunches and as part of their work towards the healthy eating schools initiative.

They also judged the best-dressed stall, awarding first place to Ian and Shirley Richards of West Valley Honey Farm, Wiston, who won a £20 craft voucher from the Andrew Bailey Gallery on The Riverside.

Photograph: Some of the pupils tasting local honey with Shirley Richards and her daughter Yvonne Morgan of West Valley Honey Farm


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