After two years of negotiations, food shoppers from across Sussex will soon have another major farmers market to buy from. A new site for a market is to be piloted in Brighton & Hove city centre close to the War Memorial on the Old Steine every 3rd Saturday for 12 months. The market will be sited; just moments walk from the busy retail areas of North Street and St James Street.
Managed by the Brighton & Hove Food and Drink Festival team, it will complement the weekly Churchill Square Farmers Market, and will feature around 35 stalls selling affordable fresh local Sussex produce. It will also be a chance for shoppers to speak to farmers and local food producers and find out more about how their products are made.
Chair of the Economic, Development and Culture Committee, Geoffrey Bowden said;“The council has worked hard with partners in the city to get this pilot scheme off the ground. It is a terrific site for a new farmers market; it will add to the already very popular markets on different days through the month elsewhere in Sussex and the city and will ensure that food enthusiasts can get their fill of beautiful locally sourced produce. It’s also another great way for the farmers and food producers to get their product to market and will help those small businesses and food enterprises to thrive.”
Nick Mosley, managing director of the Brighton & Hove Food and Drink Festival, said:
“The new Brighton Farmers Market is a major step forward for locally sourced, sustainable food and drink in the city, to complement the offering of our excellent hospitality industry. The food festival has championed Sussex produce for over a decade, and this market is a further way to make local food accessible to the residents and will contribute towards reinvigorating the high street experience”
Sussex-based farmers and producers are invited to register their interest for a regular pitch at the market via the food festival website at www.brightonfoodfestival.com