New funding for farmers’ markets

Dumfries and Galloway Farmers’ and Community Markets Association (DGFCMA) has been awarded £9900 from the Community Food Fund.

The money is for a year-long project entitled “Growing a More Successful Markets Network” and involves, initially, six markets from across the region: Creetown, Wigtown, Langholm, Moffat, Lockerbie and Dumfries,.

The project will support the development and promotion of the participating markets, and it will encourage new farmers’ markets, such as Kirkcudbright Farmers and Producers Market, which launches next month, to join in with collaborative activities.

As well as the Community Food Fund award, the project is also being financially supported by Dumfries and Galloway Council and by the six markets themselves.

Sarah Burchell, who chairs DGFCMA, said: “This award is fantastic news. The six markets involved have already been working together as a group for two years, and this award means we can take things to the next level.

“We’ll be introducing market improvements such as better signage, supporting training and skills development, holding seasonal event markets and encouraging sharing of knowledge, skills and ideas across the group.

“One of the very first things we’re doing is encouraging everyone involved in the sector, from any market in the region, whether producer or market organiser, to come to an event on March 5 to discuss how best we can work together to make the most of this year of support.”

DGFCMA is holding a producers and markets event on Wednesday, March 5, at 10am at Cream o’ Galloway Visitor Centre.

The event will include presentations and workshops on topics such pricing, social media, visual display and upscaling production. It will also give attendees the opportunity to discuss and agree future plans. For more information about attending the producers and markets event, contact Sarah Burchell at