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Annual Christmas Farmers’ Market Saturday 8 December


Dear friend,

There’ll be a seasonal flavour to Orton on Saturday 8 December as the annual Christmas Farmers’ Market takes over the village and gets visitors into the mood to eat, drink and be merry.

As well as the best of local meat, fish, vegetables, cheese and preserves, there will be Christmas cakes, puddings and other baking treats for all tastes, from the traditional to the more unusual with The Pudding Room, Country Fare and Broughton Village Bakery all bringing their best to the Market.

Local farmer, Lanty Wharton will be selling a selection of

Christmas trees and there will also be a selection of local Christmas drinks with wonderful fruit wines from High Cup Winery and a selection of warming cordials from Kendal Cordials, including Spiced Apple, Strawberry and Pepper and warming Ginger varieties.

Ron and Angela Barker have been making wine up at High Cup Nick near Appleby since 2007 and they will be launching their 2012 Spiced Beetroot wine at Orton Christmas Farmers’ Market.

“This wine is sweetened and spiced and ready for serving as a warm winter drink,” says Ron, “and it could be especially welcome on a cold Christmas

Day morning!”

“December’s Orton Farmers’ Market always feels really Christmassy,” says Market Co-ordinator, Leanne Duerden, “and there are plenty of opportunities to shop for food, pick up locally-made gifts and even choose a tree and other decorations.”

“We’ll have music from Appleby Silver Band on the market square adding to the atmosphere with traditional Christmas music, a visit from Santa and there will be carol singers from Orton C of E Primary School up in church too.”

Orton Farmers’ Christmas Market opens at 9.30am and runs until 2.30pm on Saturday 8 December. There’ll be carol singing and refreshments in All Saints’ Church, free mince pies and a visit from Santa in the market place and also speciality hot chocolate at Kennedy’s fine chocolates. Full details are online at

Other markets before Christmas include Brampton and Brough on Saturday 15 December and, closest to Christmas of them all, Penrith Farmers’ Market on Tuesday 18 December.

Orton Farmers’ Limited was set up as a community enterprise company and has been operating as an accredited monthly Farmers’ Market in Orton since 2001, winning the National Farmers’ Market of the Year Award in 2005. The Market happens on the second Saturday of every month and can include up to 40 different stallholders, all of them coming from within a 50 mile radius of Orton and many of them from the immediate community, including local farmers.

Further details of the drinks producers on the Market can be found at:


For further information on Orton Farmers’ Market, please contact:

Leanne Duerden, Market Coordinator – 07969 335598

Sally Seed, Stoneleigh Communications, Orton – 01539 624732

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