Market is week early

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Bakewell Farmers’ Market will be staged a week earlier than usual this month.

The farmers’ market – the second biggest in the UK – will be held on Saturday, July 23, to avoid clashing with the set-up for Bakewell Show.

With most school holidays starting on Saturday, July 23, regulars are advised to arrive early for the market, which runs from 9am to 2pm.

A recent independent survey by the Plunkett Foundation, which promotes locally produced food, reported that Bakewell Farmers’ Market generates half a million pounds annually for the town’s economy.

Bakewell, in its 12th year, now has up to 80 stalls, most under cover, and only Winchester can boast more stalls.

Demand from traders is intense, with an average of eight new prospective producers applying every week to trade at the market, run by Derbyshire Dales District Council.