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Farmers’ Market of the Year 2013

Maple Road Surbiton Farmers' Market has been voted Farmers’ Market of the Year 2013.

The award was presented at the Farm & More show in Harrogate by FARMA patron and TV chef, Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall.

One of eight finalists nationwide and the only one in the London area, the Maple Road market beat off strong competition from markets in Haverford West, Hertford, Holmfirth, Kings Norton, Newcastle and St Ives in Cambridgeshire. There were two winners this year - our market, named Community Winner 2013, and Stroud Farmers' Market in Gloucestershire. In total there are around 750 farmers' markets in the UK, 200 of which are FARMA Certified. Our market was awarded FARMA Certification in December in recognition of its quality and standards.

FARMA judge Gareth Jones said: 'This is an exciting Farmers' Market which shows what can be achieved when people are determined to make things happen. Standards at the market are very high and the food is superb.' Receiving the award, and a brass handbell to open and close the market, were volunteers Natalie Kontarsky (right) and Alison Ewbank.

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