The success of the South Wales Valleys’ only regular farmers’ market has led to it being increased from once to twice a month.
Merthyr Tydfil farmers’ market, which is usually held on the first Friday of each month, will also now take place on the third Friday.
“We’re delighted with how the market has been received over the past year,” said Town Centre Manager for Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Council Rhian Prosser. “Not only has the number of stalls grown, but the range and quality of what they have to offer has also broadened.”
The first of two March markets was held on March 3 and saw up to 20 stalls offering everything from the freshest local fruit and vegetables to luxury desserts and hand-made jewellery and crafts.
Stallholders included Trecastle Eggs, offering freerange eggs and award winning Welsh salted butter from Pembrokeshire, along with popular Merthyr Tydfil chilli sauce producer Chilli of the Valley.
Also having a stand is LynB Jewellery – run by Pontsarn chartered geologist Lyn Blandford – who sources semi-precious stones and minerals from around the world and combines them with silver, copper, leather and silk to create both ready to wear and bespoke jewellery.
Another local trader is Bows and Bobbles, which produces hair bows in a wide variety of colours and designs, as well as chocolate bouquets and gift sets. There will also be a range of locally-grown plants and vegetables from Cyfarthfa Park Greenhouses.
The market is held at Graham Way on the High Street from 10am-2pm. To qualify to trade there, produce must be grown, reared or have added value and be from within a 50-mile radius of Merthyr Tydfil.
For further information or to discuss taking part in a future event, please call Market Manager Chris Hall on 07805 563809; email firstname.lastname@example.org