Sutton Bonnington Farmers’ Market

October 2, 2012

Much kudos to the students of Sutton Bonnington campus, who’s efforts to set up a spectacularly successful farmers’ market have been recognised with a shortlisting in the BBC Food and Farming Awards.

With this University of Nottingham campus sited in the countryside north of Loughborough,  a group of four students felt a bit miffed they were unable to access local food. So a pub conversation led to them setting up setting up a market on campus, charging traders just £5 a pop. It’s now grown from 11 to some 35 stalls every week and provides a wide range of rare breed meats and local produce to staff, students and local villagers.

Ironic that I read this on the same day a former colleague who now works at the University of Warwick was despairing at the awful food, including plastic Red Leicester,  at her campus Costcutter store.

Oh and Melton Mowbray farmers’ market – in all its wild game and foraged mushroom glory – was also shortlisted. So two out of three best market nominations were in Leicestershire. Cool.  Results out in late November.

Update 30th November  – They won!  I was lucky to get over to the NEC for the Food and Farming Awards  – a very big deal in food circles. Tried to have a word with the team afterwards but they were swamped with well-wishers before being hauled for a slap-up reception.  Hope they enjoyed it.

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  1. […] Much kudos to the students of Sutton Bonnington campus, who’s efforts to set up a spectacularly successful farmers’ market have been recognised with a shortlisting in the BBC Food and Farming Awards.  […]

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