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Risborough's farmers market goes virtual

A pre-recorded food festival is happening in the town this week, to help local producers.

Published by Dan Gooding at 1:00pm 11th May 2020. 3-minute read.

Risborough's farmers market goes virtual

A farmers market in Buckinghamshire has gone virtual today and it's thought this is the first of its kind.

A pre-recorded food festival is showing off products in Princes Risborough, in an attempt to keep local businesses going during lockdown.

Fresh from the success of the Risborough Basket Home Delivery scheme, Princes Risborough Town Council has made the decision to move their quarterly farmer’s market online.

In the week leading up to market day regular stallholders will feature on the Risborough Basket website.

Residents from Risborough and the surrounding villages will be able to place their orders from 11th May and receive free delivery to their doorstep on Market Day, Saturday 16th May.

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A pre-recorded food festival will be shown on YouTube to accompany the farmers market and will celebrate local food and drink producers with cookery demonstrations featuring Masterchef Dean Edwards and a host of local chefs and well-known personalities.

Princes Risborough’s Chairman and Town Mayor, Cllr Matthew Walsh, explained his decision to continue with the farmers market when so many other towns have closed theirs:

"Our local growers have a very short window to sell seasonal produce and as each of our quarterly farmers market supports up to twenty small businesses we had to find another way to bring their goods to our residents."

Cllr Walsh’s priority is to encourage all of his residents to stay at home and use local businesses wherever possible to keep the local economy buoyant:

"We set up the Risborough Basket six weeks ago and are now making up to 200 deliveries each day; we are now delighted to include our farmers market traders from 11th May for one week."

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The Risborough Basket scheme has been a huge success

The council say the food festival will remind people that they can still access local produce safely and it will inspire them to use it imaginatively.

The programme also features young people demonstrating arts and crafts, a food science section with cool experiments and films showcasing local food and drink businesses.

Organiser Sally Williams explains how local people can feature in the programme:

"We are asking people from Risborough and the surrounding parishes to send 30 second clips of them enjoying lockdown in their kitchen; they might be inventing recipes, dancing, juggling with apples – whatever they are doing we want to see it; they need to send their ‘our kitchen in lockdown' video clips to sally@retailrevival.org.uk and we will feature them online throughout the food festival."

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