Big birthday party for one of Leeds’s most popular farmers’ market

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One of the city’s most popular food and drink markets has marked a milestone anniversary with a VIP visit.

Headingley Farmers’ Market celebrated its 10th birthday by welcoming the Lord Mayor and Lady Mayoress to the Rose Garden site, along with local MP Greg Mulholland and ward councillors Al Garthwaite and Neil Walshaw.

The party were asked to cut the birthday cake and were given market produce to sample before speaking to stall-holders and customers about their experiences of the volunteer-run market, which was the first community farmers’ market in Leeds.

Stalls were decorated with bunting made by pupils from Weetwood Primary School and band King and I provided live music.

The celebrations continued in the evening, when supporters held a charity event at Headingley Enterprise and Arts Centre in aid of Positive Action for Refugees and Asylum Seekers.

A total of £200 was raised and Alex Graham and the Concords entertained the audience.

During its first year of trading back in 2006, Headingley had 11 stalls, and is now frequented by over 20 regular vendors selling goods ranging from mushrooms and halloumi to eggs, honey, organic meat, vegetables and even fish from Whitby.

Headingley Development Trust support the project, which ensures that all food sold comes from within 35 miles of Leeds.

The market is now FARMA-registered and has won several awards including the Yorkshire Life Best Farmers’ Market of the Year title.

“The market has brought the community together, helped to regenerate Headingley and helped children to understand where food comes from.

It’s a lovely place to go 
on a Saturday, where people can enjoy live music, games 
for the kids and buy great 
food,” said organiser Gill Redfearn.

The market is held on the second Saturday of each month from 9am to 12.30pm.