Farmers’ market promises biggest and best yet

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From 10am till 2pm in Market Square on Saturday 6 July, a bumper range of stalls will satisfy shopping needs alongside entertainment from local artists Rhiannon O’Connor and The Gallstone Cowboys.

It is also hoped the newly-elected MP for Carmarthen will attend and say a few words in support.

The number of stalls is growing with an estimated 13 already booked and providing beef and charcuterie, sheep’s cheese, local cakes, jams and marmalades, chutneys and preserves, liquors and spirits, honey, vegetables, fresh and dried flowers and wild plants.

Most of the produce or ingredients come from around 25 miles of Llandovery.

Lyndsey Maiden from Llansadwrn is already a regular. She says: “I look forward to going to Llandovery Farmers Market. I like coming to town anyway and this is another attraction. It’s getting better every time and I love to get to know and talk to the people who produce my food. A lot of my friends go too, so it’s a good chance to catch-up. This is definitely on repeat in my calendar.”

The morning’s entertainment between 10am-12pm comes from Rhiannon O’Connor. She is a folk song singer and Welsh language singer/songwriter from Ffarmers.

She will bring a blend of traditional Welsh folk songs and her own original work, inspired by folk legends of the area and her experiences of farming in rural Wales as a mother of three small boys.

The afternoon will see The Gallstone Cowboys between 12-2pm, a new four-piece band formed by ‘old hands’ from Llansadwrn. They play a selection of popular country songs from the 50s through to the 80s with a few original compositions thrown in. Their romping tunes promise to give ears a treat and heartstrings a tug.

Market Manager Raoul Bhambral says: “This market has everything – food and music and maybe even a little politics! Something for everybody, especially cakes and home-made chocolate for the kids. It is great to see so much support for local businesses – I see more people everywhere in town every time!”

Llandovery Farmers Market runs on the first Saturday of every month until October 2024. The next one will be on Saturday 3 August.

Confirmed traders for July include: Beautiful cut and dried flower arrangements by Simany’s Flowers; sheep’s cheese from Ffynnon Wen; Parmesan alternatives and cashew-based cheese alternatives from Good Carma Foods; tasty Local Cakes; beef from The Welsh Farm with homemade chocolate too; charcuterie from The Baker’s Pig; spirits and liquors from Papa Moonshine; Garreg Fechan Honey; jams, marmalades, chutneys and preserves from JAR’d; fresh veg and leafy greens from Black Mountain Itals; fruit trees from Seven Acres Plant Nursery; wild plants from Ragged Robin Plant Nursery, and fresh brewed coffee with local milk from Handlebar Barista.

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