Princes Risborough and District Neighbourhood Watch Association

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Princes Risborough Farmer’s Market Moves Online During Lockdown 

Princes Risborough Farmer’s Market Moves Online During Lockdown  A pre-recorded food festival, thought to be the first of its kind, is showcasing local food and drink as the Princes Risborough Farmers Market moves online during lockdown.  Fresh from the success of the Risborough Basket Home Delivery scheme, Princes Risborough Town Council has made the bold decision to move their quarterly farmer’s market online. In the week leading up to market day regular stallholders will feature on the Risborough Basket website. Residents from Risborough and the surrounding villages will be able to place their orders from 11th May and receive free delivery to their doorstep on Market Day, Saturday 16th May. A pre-recorded food festival will be shown on YouTube to accompany the farmers market and will celebrate local food and drink producers with cookery demonstrations featuring Masterchef Dean Edwards and a host of local chefs and well-known personalities.  Mayor, Cllr Matthew Walsh, explained his decision to continue with the farmers market when so many other towns have closed theirs; ‘Our local growers have a very short window to sell seasonal produce and as each of our quarterly farmers market supports up to twenty small businesses we had to find another way to bring their goods to our residents.’  
Cllr Walsh’s priority is to encourage all of his residents to stay at home and use local businesses wherever possible to keep the local economy buoyant, ‘We set up the Risborough Basket six weeks ago and are now making up to 200 deliveries each day; we are now delighted to include our farmers market traders from 11th May for one week.’ The food festival will remind people that they can still access local produce safely and it will inspire them to use it imaginatively. The programme also features young people demonstrating arts and crafts, a food science section with cool experiments and films showcasing local food and drink businesses.  Organiser Sally Williams explains how local people can feature in the programme, ‘We are asking people from Risborough and the surrounding parishes to send 30 second clips of them enjoying lockdown in their kitchen; they might be inventing recipes, dancing, juggling with apples – whatever they are doing we want to see it; they need to send  their ‘our kitchen in lockdown’ video clips to and we will feature them online throughout the food festival’. 
Note to Editors Risborough Basket is a local free delivery service and fruit and vegetable box scheme for residents of Princes Risborough, Monks Risborough, Whiteleaf, Askett,  Cadsden, Longwick, Lacey Green, Loosley Row, Bledlow, Speen, Bledlow Ridge, Trout Hollow and Oddly Lane. People can log on to the Risborough basket website to order from the Princes Risborough Farmers Market traders 11th May to 16th May and receive free delivery of their purchases to their doorstep on 16th May  Dean Edwards, has been a regular chef on ITV's ‘Lorraine' since 2010 but first made his debut on ITV's ‘This Morning' in September 2009 where he featured in a weekly cookery slot, creating dishes for the ITV audience. After coming second in BBC's MasterChef Goes Large in 2006, he sought to change his life radically by leaving his career as a "digger driver" to pursue his love of cooking and food. Princes Risborough Food Festival has been pre-recorded and will be shown on YouTube  on May 16th between 10.00am and 2.00pm. 
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