Setting out their stall to show the need to buy locally

Leighton Buzzard Market
Leighton Buzzard Market

Andrew Selous MP will join South Beds Friends of the Earth on Saturday (October 17) from 10.30am to promote Leighton Buzzard Farmers Market’s 16th birthday, as well as local foods including the community orchard in Astral Park.

They will be demonstrating at the Market Cross that many food items are imported from across the world at a big environmental cost, when veg, fruit and meat can be purchased from local farmers near Leighton Buzzard .

They are highlighting this with a specially created new visual game on their stall at the market and by supporting the Back British Farmers campaign. A key example are apples and lamb which are often flown in from the other side of the world at huge environmental cost whereas it could be bought from farmers on the doorstep and support the local economy.

A FoE spokesman said: “The farmers who attend Leighton’s farmers market are all based within 30 miles of the town and produce good quality food at prices equivalent to or lower than supermarkets, as well as looking after our countryside.

“SBFOE are also promoting local food outlets in Leighton Buzzard such as the veg stall opposite Dillamores which sells, potatoes, onions carrots etc from Bedfordshire, other veg from the UK and apples from Kent, as well as Yirells and Stratton’s who supply meat etc from local farmers.”

In recognition of Apple Day (October 21), South Bedfordshire FoE will also be promoting the community orchard at Astral Park on town council land.

And Stephen Knight, town centre and markets manager, is ending the town council’s Great British Food Fortnight promotion with the finale event of inviting people to bring their apples to the market and use the town council-provided apple press, which will be manned by FoE.

FoE will also have the curly whirly apple game and the bee game that are both very popular with children.

Roy Walker, of South Beds Friends of the Earth, said: “Come and see how much your present food basket costs the planet in food miles and discover how you can help the planet learn how you can buy local food, eat quality save money, save the planet, preserve our English countryside and support our local farmers who are looking after our countryside.

“Also do get involved in our local orchard in Astral Park as part of supporting local English apples.

Mr Selous added: “ I am delighted to support the Leighton Buzzard Farmers Market to make sure that local farmers and food producers have a strong local customer base to buy their produce.”