Market to mark its 15th anniversary

Steyning farmers market's 14th birthday last summer
Steyning farmers market's 14th birthday last summer

STEYNING farmers’ market celebrates its 15th birthday at the High Street car park on Saturday.

The monthly market has evolved into a popular social event over the years, and now boasts around 30 different stalls selling home-grown veg and flowers, plants, fresh fish, meat from local farmers, Steyning eggs, honey-smoked meats from Pulborough, oils and vinegars, chutneys and jams, cakes and pies, cheese and watercress.

“We still have a few of the first stall holders,” said Vicki Crush, who started the market with her husband in 1999.

“And we have still got some of the old customers hanging on, as well as lots of new ones.

“We would like to keep the ethic of local farmers and home-grown food.

“It’s almost like a club. So many people come and buy their goods and spend most of the morning there, meet their friends, go off for a coffee and shop in local shops. It’s quite a sort of social event.

“There’s a lot of laughs and music and banter.”

Live music will be provided by Stanislav’s Polka Band.

“Steyning farmers’ market has been nominated for the Sussex Farmer’s Market of the Year in the Sussex Food and Drink Awards after finishing in the top three last year and the year before, so we would love customers to vote for us again and support local food,” said Vicki.

There is still time to buy plants for this year’s pumpkin competition. All proceeds go to St Barnabas House Hospice.