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South West Surrey Farmers' Markets

In June 2009, producers and farmers trading at farmers' markets in South West Surrey became the second group in England to sign up to form a co-operative, helped by support from the Making Local Food Work Farmers' Markets project.  

Waverley Borough Council started the first farmers’ market in Surrey at Milford in 1999 and the new co-operative was officially launched at Milford on 21st June, coinciding with the market’s tenth anniversary.

SW Surrey launch


The co-operative is owned by the members, and run by them, for the direct benefit of the producers and the communities in which the markets are held.

Iain Lynch, Head of Economic Development and Partnerships at Waverley Borough Council, and who has been closely involved with the markets over the past ten years, said ”The new co-operative will provide a sustainable future for the markets which are key to the producers individual business strategies.”

John Emerson, Chair of the Co-operative commented “The Making Local Food Work programme has been helpful in providing a clear focus on what we need to do to make a success of the new co-operative. It will be hard work, but we are looking forward to a rosy future”


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