Room 1: 9:30am
Kelso Farmers’ Market is a cross-border market, supporting producers from within the Scottish Borders and North Northumbria. It’s a traditional farmers’ market, set in Kelso’s fabulous old Market Square, selling local food and crafts, and still run by the producers/stall holders. It brings people to the town once a month from as far as Newcastle, Berwick-upon-Tweed and Edinburgh, boosting the local economy.
Kelso Farmers’ Market is held on the 4th Saturday of every month except July and Christmas, where the dates change. A not-for-profit organisation, the Farmers Market is run by a small committee of volunteers from within the stallholders, with a constitution, own our stalls, give money back into the community. We won the RBST Best Farmers’ Market this year.
Alison Tuke is the Stalls Co-ordinator for the Farmers’ Market, and also runs the Market stall for Hardiesmill Ethical Scotch Beef. The Tuke’s have been selling their grass-reared beef at Kelso Farmers’ Market for around 18 years, and can give a insight into the ways and rules to sell at a Farmers’ market.
Our Chair is Steve Jack. Steve has been helping build the market stalls, and run the Stichill Jerseys stand for over 15 years,and has become the site/ stall manager and now chairman of the organisation.
He works full time for the Local Agricultural Society, as their operations Manager, and is a key member of the community; always on hand to help with events and activities taking place across the town.
Fingerpost Produce a covid start up, growning organic veg on their smallholding near Westruther, Billy’s passion for working the land with his horses is what brought them here. They have a team of Clydesdales which we work with in our market garden. The goal and passion in life is to do all we can for our future. The Anderson Family want to provide chemical free, local seasonal produce not only for their family but our community in the Scottish Borders too.
Between us we have been asked to talk about how to gain entry to a Farmers’ Market and best sell the produce from your holding there.