Between 20 April and 31 May, Wealden District Council joins the Love Your Local Market campaign, which takes place in May to raise the profile of local markets and encourage people to enjoy locally produced goods.

Bright decorations, banners and buntings will be on display throughout the District to celebrate the fresh, seasonal produce available in our communities. Buying local produce is not only considered beneficial for a healthier lifestyle, it also helps to support smaller Wealden businesses.

Local markets are taking place in Wealden’s towns and villages throughout April and May. Many are running special activities including live music at Waldron Country Market, May Day celebrations at East Dean Village Market and an Easter hat parade/children’s competion at Heathfield Farmers’ Market.

Farmers’ Markets are held at: Uckfield (first Saturday of the month); Hailsham (second Saturday of the month); Heathfield (third Saturday of the month); Crowborough (fourth Saturday of the month).

The Hailsham Street Market also takes place in Vicarage Field every Saturday. Village markets take place at Framfield, Chelwood Gate, East Dean, Forest Row, and Wadhurst. Country markets, specialising in locally-produced baked goods are held at Pevensey Bay and Waldron. To find out dates and times, visit the local markets page of the Wealden website: www.wealden.gov.uk/localmarkets

The campaign also aims to attract new businesses with some markets offering discounted stalls to first-time traders. If this appeals to your business, contact David Chennell on 01323 443275 david.c.chennell@wealden.gov.uk 

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Nus Ghani, MP for Wealden, said: “Wealden has a proud farming tradition, and with a huge variety of goods produced locally, this is a wonderful, healthy and tasty way to support small local businesses, the backbone of our economy.

“In a time too where we should all be thinking about our carbon footprint, markets provide an excellent way to buy food quite literally only a stone’s throw from where it was produced.

“I’m excited to see the work that Wealden District Council has put into this celebration come to life, and, fingers crossed, to see new local businesses taking up the discounted market stalls for first-time traders: a truly fantastic opportunity!”