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LA farmers market to celebrate 90 years

The Original Farmers Market will celebrate 90 years of operation with a 90 Days of Summer programme running through June, July and August this year.

It will include a car show with a 1930s theme, a night market, and live music every Thursday.

Visitors can head to the market and sample its wares under their own steam but to ensure they sample a wide taste of what’s on offer as well as getting an historical insight, a walk around with Melting Pot Tours is a good idea.

Tour guide Wendy Krueger was among those who hosted IPW delegates on a half day famil around the market and says many of the stalls are now operated by third or fourth generations of the original owners.

She adds that there is a healthy mix of old and new stalls, with a long list of people who want to set up there. ‘Some start as pop-ups, so they can test whether or not it will work for them before making a commitment.’

The site has fresh produce and groceries that would be expected at a farmers market and many locals head there to pick up everything from meat and chicken to fresh vegetables, baked goods, herbs and spices, cheese and more.

But the market also has everything from shoe repairs to lolly shops, more than 40 restaurants and eateries, and providers of gourmet pet treats.

Stalls highlighted (with tasting sessions) by Melting Pot Food Tours include Magees Corn Beef, started by Blanch Magee in the 1930s – she started off selling sandwiches from a basket.

The tour also typically tastes banana bread from Gone Bananas (which started up just before the pandemic), sweets from Littlejohns English Toffee, pickles from Kaylin and Kaylin, beer from Bar 326, pizza from Patsy D’Amores and cheese from Monsieur Marcel amongst others.

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