Local produce celebrated at Wem Harvest Market

Reporter:

Georgia Macey

The annual Harvest Market took place on Saturday at Wem Town Hall and Wem Senior Club, when businesses gathered to sell their produce, crafts and plants.

The market, now in its eighth year, welcomed people to support their local community and sample some of the finest foods right on their doorstep.

Shelagh Richardson, organiser of Wem Combine Harvesters said: “It was one of the best markets we’ve done.”

There were more than 40 stalls including Vermeulens bakers, Border Honey, Buzzy Bee Nursery based in Whixall, Butterfly Designs by Sue – a local artist – and Made in Wem, a range of cushions handmade in Wem using carefully-sourced fabrics.

Mayor of Wem, Councillor Edward Towers, drew tickets for the opportunity to win some of the great raffle prizes.

The Wem hamper ‘Food from the British Isles’ was won by Janet Randall, ‘Food from Abroad’ was taken home by Janet Hankey and a vegetable box from Riverford Organic Farmers was won by Sarah Zacharek.

Logs were donated by Greentree Services and were auctioned, with Joan McHardy placing the winning bid of £125.

John Bull (David Smith) acted as the unofficial Town Crier. John Bull and Miss Wales (Clair Blencowe) acted as Market Guides. They won first and second prizes for their costumes at the Wem Carnival.

Shelagh added: “I think the traders were happy and some reported record takings.

“Wem Combine Harvesters would like to thank residents and traders from Wem and surrounds for their work supporting the market and the shoppers.

“All combined to produce – to quote one market trader – ‘one of the friendliest markets around’.”

Email:

georgia.macey@nwn.co.uk

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