Today marks the fifth anniversary of Helston Farmers’ Market, which has grown to become one of the biggest in the county.
When it started in 2008 there were just 16 producers from the area huddled under a marquee on Events Square in Coronation Park – but their goods sold out within hours.
It proved to be a memorable start, as hundreds of people came to buy local produce from, what was then, one of the few farmers’ markets in the area.
Now the monthly market, which takes place on the first Saturday of each month, attracts around 40 producers each time.
Looking back, market controller Joanne Schofield said: “It was such an amazing and exciting time for everyone. People loved the social gathering and enjoyed the experience of buying good local produce – and they still do.
“The market has gone from strength to strength over the past five years and it is great to be back to the Old Cattle Market where it all started.”
Idea of setting up a food market for Helston came from the South Kerrier Alliance and its subsequent success played a part in helping the group – a community interest company – create the Old Cattle Market building where the market is based.
The market this Saturday (May 4) opens at 9.30am and runs until 1.30pm.
Photo from stock. Caption: Helston Farmers’ Market marked the opening of the Old Cattle Market.