FARMA Accreditation

Lynton Incoll Presents Pat Urry and Jill Jones our FARMA Accreditation Sign

Oakwood Farmers’ Market has been independently certified as applying the National Farmers’ Retail and Markets Association (FARMA) recommended criteria for true farmers’ markets.

Oakwood Farmers’ Market now joins Headingley Farmers’ Market (who were the first in Leeds) to proudly display the FARMA logo at their markets.

Lynton Incoll from The Roundhay Forum presented Pat Urry and Jill Jones with our FARMA accreditation sign at the November market.

Pat Urry, Chair of the Market Management committee said: “Certification recognises that we have a well run market offering customers fresh, wholesome food direct from the local producers, who have, on average travelled just 20 miles to be at our market.”

FARMA Standards Manager Sue Thomson said: “Farmers’ markets have become extremely popular over the past twelve years with true farmers’ markets providing venues for local food producers to sell their own produce direct to customers.”

“Our members tell us that their markets are seeing steady or increased trade despite the current economic climate, feedback suggests that this is because customers value the traceability of the food on offer.  We are also managing to dispel the myth that farmers’ market produce is more expensive than supermarkets – this is especially true when buying fresh produce in season.”

Oakwood Farmers’ Market has now been awarded the distinctive FARMA logo to identify it as a true farmers’ market.  The award is regarded as an assurance of quality and value as well as guaranteeing the market gives a fair deal to producers.

Pat also said: “Since we started in March 2008, we have built up, dedicated, discerning and valued customers around Oakwood and Roundhay, and a reputation for fresh, high quality, award winning locally produced food. We believe Local food provides a healthier, fresher diet, saving on food miles and carbon emissions. We hope that now we are nationally recognised that more residents of Leeds will come over to our Market to enjoy the shopping experience and do their bit for local producers and the local economy whilst helping to reduce food miles.”

Core criteria of Oakwood Farmers’ Market +

1.  Oakwood Farmers’ Market defines local as within a 30 miles radius from the market.

2.  The majority of producers attending Oakwood Farmers’ Market will come from within this area.

3.  All of the produce on offer will have been grown, raised, caught or processed (using some locally grown/reared ingredients) by the producer.

4.  The producer or someone involved in production will be present at the stall and able to answer questions about the produce on offer, for example methods of production.

5.  The full rules and more general information are available on request from the market information stall.