Farmers Markets: a case study of local food supply in Greater Manchester

This brief study was undertaken by Kindling in the summer of 2008 to explore a range of questions relating to food production, supply and distribution in Greater Manchester. This snapshot of three Greater Manchester Farmers' Markets took place to examine where food producers were coming from and to begin to explore traders' experiences of the markets studied. This study was informed by the Ricketts-Hein's work which developed an index of food re-localisation (2006) in which Greater Manchester was ranking of 59 out of 61 counties. The Kindling Trust felt that such a poor result merited further investigation. The study found that traders were travelling a significant distance to attend the market. The average distance travelled was around thirty miles and one stall holder travelled over a 100 miles to attend

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