Farsley Farmers’ Market returns in September – and looks ahead to Christmas lights event


By Jo Reilly

Farsley Farmers’ Market has taken a break in August for a few years now, with the exception of the lockdown period. Experience taught us that our produce stalls had food festivals to attend and families had holidays to enjoy! 

For the market team, the break offers a well-earned rest and a chance to hold our AGM to consider what the future holds for us. One important subject to discuss was how to recruite new Volunteers.

These days we see so many groups who are finding it hard to attract new members, and we are no different. But as winter approaches, and our members fall prey to those winter bugs, we really need a few local folk to step in when needed.

The e-mail to contact is farsleyfarmersmarket@hotmail.com and roles include erecting stalls, kitchen help or marshalling.

Over the coming months you may notice improvements to St John’s Hall and new Market banners or notices popping up in the area. It may be hard to believe, but there are still people living in the ward who don’t yet know a Farmers’ Market is held 11 months of the year at St John’s, Farsley!

If we can catch their eye, they will hopefully pay us a visit and discover what they have been missing. Meanwhile, a little word in their ear from you, would not go amiss.

We have just four more markets for your delight this year:-

23 September – 28 October – 25 November – 16 December.

In addition, and our final subject for discussion, the Farsley Christmas Lights Event has been confirmed for Wednesday, 29 November. On the night you can enjoy a piping band, Santa Claus and community groups parading down Farsley Town Street, as well as the Christmas Market just off the road below Sunny Bank Mills.

Carefully selected stallholders will include some farmers’ market favourites and special guest traders providing a good mix of seasonal gifts and flavours, including hot food and drink stalls. Celebrations kick off around 6pm and the market opens 6.30pm-8pm. Please note the main street will be closed to traffic from 5pm-8pm.

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