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Leigh Farmers' market celebrates 20 years with virtual market

Our Farmers' Market is one of the longest running markets in the Essex area, and prides itself on delivering local produce to our residents for 20 years!

The market was first set up by the late Councillor Janet Hammond, had been campaigning for some time for a local farmers’ market and had travelled throughout Essex to gain appropriate knowledge and contacts. Her efforts came to fruition in 2000 with the support from then Council Chairman, Donald Fraser. It was first held in at the now demolished St. Clements Church hall and was later moved to Leigh-on-Sea Community Centre. The council continue to host the market there every month on Fridays.

The ethos of the market remains unchanged since it was first set up in the year 2000…to support local produce. The stall holders must have grown or made the goods themselves, and all traders come from within a 30 mile radius of Leigh-on-Sea.

Whilst the town council had hoped to celebrate the 20th year at the regular market the current pandemic has put pause to plans, therefore the town council will be marking the occasion with a special virtual market on Saturday 25th July through the Facebook page.

The virtual market will advertise the excellent range of products available from our stallholders including bread, vegan products, organic vegetables, eggs, honey, cheese, cakes, biscuits, skin products and more. Information about where to buy these goods during lockdown, special offers to mark the anniversary and a fantastic prize draw will be announced on the day. For more details, including how to enter the prize draw please visit the facebook page.

As the community try to navigate through the pressures of this pandemic, Leigh-on-sea Town Council will strive to support our town and traders, delivering new and tailored services and events. You're encouraged to continue to support the market by following the Facebook page and attending the virtual market on Saturday 25th July.