The first Elham Farmers’ Market was held in the Triangle. It was opened by the oldest and youngest residents in the village: villagers Mrs Evelyn London, 97, Mr Alec Gasson, 95, and Jack Hobbs, three months old. With an age gap spanning more than 95 years, these residents celebrated the return of a regular market to this historic village, for the first time since about 1830. The future Edward 1 granted a market charter to Elham in 1251 and the market continued to operate until about 1830. Elham in Business conceived the farmers’ market as a way of keeping and generating business for the benefit of the local community. Local residents have been directly involved in resurrecting the market, either through the management committee or by volunteering to help set up and take down the market. Elham Farmers’ Market adheres to the principles of quality local food for local people, available in season and at realistic prices, and with the added environmental benefits of reducing food miles. The most local producers are Gatehouse Farm in North Elham and Elham gardeners who sell their surplus veg, fruit and flowers. The market attracts an average 200 customers (local and passing trade) and there are about 10 stalls selling fruit and veg, bread, eggs, jams and chutneys, cakes, game, meat, cheese, plants, chocolate and occasional crafts.
Elham Farmers' Market