YOU can’t quite beat a farmers’ market, a throwback to simpler times.
It’s an opportunity to buy delicious, fresh, in season, locally produced high quality food which is affordable and offers great value.
South Derbyshire is carving out a bit of a niche for itself in this field.
The award-winning Swadlincote Farmers’ Market, held on The Delph on the last Thursday of every month, is going from strength to strength.
Stall holders mingle merrily with shoppers, crowds cluster around demonstrations. Activities are ongoing at every turn. Weird and wacky themes ensure the action is never boring, with all ages having a good time.
It has enjoyed the recipe for success since day one.
So it seems only right that all of the key ingredients should be thrown into the mixing bowl for an Easter eggstravaganza coming to Rosliston Forestry Centre.
The National Forest tourist attraction will be holding a farmers’ market between 11am and 4pm on Sunday, April 6 with free entry and great entertainment for all the family.
Organiser Debbie Chesterman said, “This will be a great opportunity to stock up on quality food and drink and unique gifts in the run up to Easter.
“Visitors can enjoy the colourful and friendly atmosphere of our market and talk directly to the producers and sample some of the delicious produce.
“It promises to be an exciting, interesting, alternative shopping experience for everyone who visits on the day.”
Want more reasons to be cheerful? A large proportion of produce is actually cheaper than the supermarkets, with savings in food miles and middle man costs passed on to the customer.
You can also be assured of the provenance of each and every item you buy, knowing it’s been locally produced. Most items are grown, raised, made, brewed, pickled, bottled, baked or caught within 35 miles of The National Forest.
Come along and sample cheese, chocolate, wine, meats, pies and other great food and drink.
Look out for Easter treats – stalls will include Abracadabra Baked Creations, The BitterSweet Chocolate Company, Crepesel, Dina’s Delights, The Great Brit-ish Cake Company, Jaqueline’s Homemade Chocolates and Sweet Treats, Mojo’s, Tollgate Brewery and Woodhouse Farm.
If that little lot doesn’t get you salivating, we don’t know what will.
There will also be a superb selection of craft stalls offering beautiful handmade products, including cards and homewares produced by local artists.
And the magic doesn’t end there. For younger children there will be face painting, an adventure playground and bouncy castle, whilst older ones can turn their hand to archery or laser combat. Rosliston Forestry Centre’s unflappable Birds of Prey will also be on display.
Throughout the day there will be a chance to win great Easter prizes with a Peter Rabbit hunt. You’ll always be within a whisker of finding a special treat.
Councillor Bob Wheeler, leader of South Derbyshire District Council, said: “We are expecting a fun and vibrant five hours in the scenic backdrop of Rosliston Forestry Centre.
“The amount of goods to try, buy and taste will be phenomenal, while the activities for young people will bring a whole new dimension to the day. We would encourage everyone to come along and see what is on offer.
“This is a fantastic opportunity to buy home-grown products and support hard working traders. The variety of stalls means there is something to cater for everyone’s taste.”
Rosliston Forestry Centre is in Burton Road. Normal car parking charges apply. For further information call 01283 563483 or log on to www.roslistonforestrycentre.co.uk/events