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have a “farmers’ market of the year” accolade to their credit.
Graeme said: “To me, it is all about the traders here and their passion for what they grow, rear or bake.”
Graeme is an unlikely farmer and champion of all things farming. He grew up in the city and was destined to take over his father’s business in the city of London.
But he yearned for the countryside, opted for agricultural college and has ending up owning and running a deer farm in the idyllic Blackdown Hills.
Unlike some farmers’ markets, The Vale of Taunton has stuck rigidly to the rules and everything is reared or grown locally.
Graeme said: “The key for us is that people can talk to the producer. Everyone here is very much involved in the rearing and growing. People can shop with confidence, knowing that what they are buying is local and of the
finest quality. I think the people of Taunton are proud of their farmers’ market.”
He pointed out that the offer on the market is good value for money and traders pay just £15 to trade.
The co-operative recently invested in attractive gazebos in a number of different colours to replace the original umbrellas. As well as brightening up the High Street on market days, they allowed the co-operative to reduce the rent by £10, although new traders can hire a spare gazebo and pay £25 to stand the market.
Graeme said: “We have between 20 and 24 traders here every Thursday come rain or shine and the offer is quite varied.”
There are several vegetable stalls, a fruit business, a couple of plant and herb sellers, and plenty of meat stalls, each with a particular speciality. There is cheese, bread and home cooked and made products, and
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Fran Lee has a popular stall on the market
selling jams and conserves, chilli products and a new venture called Nourishment specialising in fermented and cultured products for health and wellbeing.
Fran, who has been on the market for five years now, said: “I have always made jam and I was giving it to friends and family, and my husband’s hobby is growing chillis. He loves strong chilli sauces and I like milder versions, so I ended up creating a range and selling them and my preserves on the market.”
She has now launched Nourishment after experimenting with fermented products to help with a reflux condition she suffers from.
“I just love selling on this market,” she said. “There is so much camaraderie and we all share a passion for making and selling a product we love and believe in.”
   Graeme Wallace was one of the founders of The Vale of Taunton Farmers Market and is chairman of the committee of traders that runs it. He sells meat, pies and sausage rolls reared and made at his farm nearby
Fran Lee sells home-made preserves, chilli products and a new line of fermented and cultured products as well as salad bowls
  Duncan Paget and his wife Sandra sell the vegetables they grow themselves on the family farm at Bromham which his great- grandfather farmed more than a hundred years ago

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