Inaugural farmers’ market at Gisburn hailed a great success

Ian Scott shows his Game to Gill Meller

Ian Scott shows his Game to Gill Meller

Locals and visitors mingled at Gisburn’s first Saturday farmers’ market, which both traders and shoppers alike hailed a great success.

Gill Meller, the head chef at River Cottage, acted as a draw to the hundreds who attended the opening market. Many visitors were keen to meet Gill and find out how he would cook the best that the market had to offer.

Gill went round the stalls and bought produce which he then cooked on an outdoor wood oven supplied by the market’s sponsors, Barnoldswick-based ESSE. The tasty morsels were distributed to shoppers and stallholders.

The market was organised by Gisburn Festival Hall and its chairman, Giles Bridge, welcomed Gill Meller to Gisburn to open the first market.

In doing so, the VIP guest commented: “Markets such as this are the hub of the community, putting food at the centre of rural life.”

Gill explained that he used to cook at the market in his 
native Bridport for three years, which was how he met Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall – leading to him becoming head chef at River Cottage.

Gill said: “I wish you all every
 success and I am impressed at the wonderful produce which is for sale at Gisburn.”

Giles Bridge said: “We are very grateful to Gill for taking the time out of his busy schedule to open our market.

“We would like to thank the hundreds who came and made the market a success. Stallholders have done good trade today, which bodes well for the market’s future.”

The farmers’ market is a community project organised by Gisburn Festival Hall Management Committee and the aim is to promote local produce, support the rural economy and artisan producers.

It will be held monthly at the festival all, in Burnley Road, from 10 am to 2 pm on the second Saturday of the month. The next market takes place on May 10th.

There is free parking, free admission, on-site refreshments and a children’s playground adjacent to the hall. Because of the interest, the number of stalls available has been extended and there is still a chance for traders to join the market. Contact secretary David Waters on 07508 006537 or email




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