THE POPULAR Great Malvern Farmers’ Market is in the running for a prestigious award.
The event, run by Boffy Markets Ltd in partnership with Malvern District Council, is one of the four finalists in the Farmers’ Market of the Year category of the Farm Retail Awards.
It comes as the next Great Malvern Farmers’ Market is due to take place between 9am and 2pm tomorrow (Saturday, December 19).
It will offer an abundance of fresh, local produce on offer, ranging from meat, fruit, vegetables to cheese, pickles and treats.
The awards are organsied by the Farm Retail Association (FRA) and the national awards are the only ones to be judged by fellow farm retailers and celebrate the best farmers’ markets, farm shops, farm cafés and restaurants and trade suppliers in the country.
There are 19 finalists shortlisted for six awards in total.
Categories include Rising Star, Large Farm Shop of the Year, Small Farm Shop of the Year, Farmers’ Market of the Year, Farm Café/Restaurant of the Year and Supplier Member of the Year.
Steve and Becky Boffy, who have been running Boffy Markets Ltd since 2006, took over the Great Malvern Farmers’ Market 18 months ago.
Steve Boffy, of Boffy Arts Markets Ltd, said: “We are simply over the moon at being nominated for this prestigious award and so are our many traders and partners.
“I think the area in which we live is full of amazing producers and growers and I know the people of Malvern appreciate high quality local produce.
“Whilst I hope that we stand a chance of winning the top prize, we are proud to be one of just four national finalists.
“We have our fingers crossed and would love to win this for Malvern”
Rob Copley, Chairman of FRA, said: “We wish every finalist in the Farm Retail Awards the very best of luck.
“This year especially, farmers markets have helped to keep the nation fed, offering easy access to fresh, nutritious, and affordable British food.
“Supporting local farmers and local jobs, farmers markets are at the beating heart of communities across the country.
“We hope customers keep coming back to support them and local farmers for years to come.”
The winners will be announced on March 3, 2021, at a virtual awards ceremony taking place as part of FRA’s annual industry conference, ‘Stronger Tog