MOFFAT Farmers’ Market celebrated its 10th birthday with glorious sunshine, high footfall and record sales. More than 1250 people visited the market and stall holders reported strong demand for local food, drink and crafts, with several selling out and having to restock mid-market.

The market opened with presentations and thanks being given to customers and traders who have been with the market since it started in 2009. The valued contributions made by market volunteers and by the Moffat Town Hall Trust were also acknowledged. Local politicians David Mundell MP and Cllr Stephen Thompson were also in attendance.

Chair of Moffat Farmers’ Market, Sarah Burchell, said: “It was a fantastic celebration of our market and of the people of Moffat who have supported us over the past decade. We were astonished at the number of people who came to the market on Sunday, with people travelling down from the central belt and up from Cumbria.

“Farmers’ markets are a wonderful coming together of small businesses and the local community in which they’re based, providing important trading opportunities for small businesses and bringing a range of goods together in one place that might otherwise be difficult to find in a rural area.

“Working together is the key to making markets happen, and Moffat Farmers’ Market has thrived because of its dedicated group of volunteers and committee members who pull out all the stops every month to create a lively, enjoyable shopping experience.

“My sincere thanks on behalf of all the traders to the people of Moffat and in particular Moffat Town Hall Trust and the market volunteers for their invaluable support over the years. We are now looking ahead to how we can continue building on the success of the market in the years to come.”