Launch event marks start of online farmers’ market in Beccles
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A farmers' market in Beccles has entered a new era after taking their produce online.
Beccles Farmers' Market held a launch event today to celebrate the launch of the Food Assembly, which will go online at 6pm tonight.
Their collection and delivery service will coincide along the normal twice a month market.
Chloe Donovan who spearheaded the idea for the family run business, hopes it will act as an attractive alternative for local people who have limited time to shop at a farmers' market, but still want to buy from local producers.
The 22-year-old said: 'The launch has been really successful and we have actually seen many new faces turn out to the market.
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'We've had great comments from our customers and so far we have over 110 people signed up to the food assembly.
'We also have eight producers on board but we are hoping to find some producers selling bread, fish and cheese to get involved.'
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The market was started by Miss Donovan's grandparents Tony and Margaret Hall 17 years ago.
The launch event included cookery demonstrations, a raffle and Fritton Owl Sanctuary attended.
Waveney MP Peter Aldous was also in attendance.
He said: 'Beccles Farmers' Market has been going for 17 years and it is fantastic to see them pushing out and trying something new.
'They have been offering fantastic produce for many years and we owe them a great debt of gratitude for what they have done to date.
'I hope that by taking their produce online, it can help boost their business and be an example for other farmers' markets in the region.'
The food assembly goes live at 6pm tonight. To sign up visit www.becclesfarmersmarket.co.uk
Membership is free and there will be a delivery option available.
Any business or producer who would like to get involved with the assembly should email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The market takes place on the first and third Saturday of each month. The next will take place on April 15 and will include an Easter egg hunt where £70 will be on offer to spend on local produce at the market.