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Come to a celebration of local sheep breeds and their wool – Orton Farmers’ Market (Saturday 13 July)


The July Farmers’ Market at Orton (Saturday 13 July) will be a celebration of local sheep breeds and of their wool as the shearing season is in full swing.

Market regulars from Raisgill Hall, Steve Dunning and his son, Michael hope to be demonstrating sheep shearing (or clipping) during the morning – weather and sheep permitting – and, inside the Market Hall, members of The Wool Clip cooperative from Caldbeck will be demonstrating their craft skills and selling their woollen creations.

“Sheep are at the heart of the farming economy around Orton,” says Market Co-ordinator, Leanne Duerden, “so we try to focus on them for at least one market each year.  Steve and his wife, Barbara, are regulars on the Market with their Raisgill Hall lamb and he hopes to bring some of the flock into the village for the demonstrations.  The shearing usually draws a crowd and visitors love to see the animals before and after clipping.”

As well as all kinds of meat and poultry – from lamb and beef to pork and venison – Orton Farmers’ Market has over 35 stalls selling a wide variety of local produce and the village also has a craft gallery at Silver Yard that features work from local designer makers.


Also appearing at the market this Saturday are the lovely Alpacas from Why Not Alpacas.


Orton Farmers’ Market opens at 9.30am and runs until 2pm on Saturday 13 July and there will be refreshments available throughout the day in the Market Hall, at All Saints’ Church and also at Silver yard Café Deli, Kennedy’s Chocolates café and The George Hotel.

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.  See for details.

Many Orton producers are also involved in the Orton@Rheged market on the last Sunday of each month – the next one of these will be on Sunday 28 July.

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

·         Leanne Duerden, Market Coordinator –  07969 335598

·         Sally Seed, Stoneleigh Communications, Orton – 01539 624732

Look forward to seeing you there,

Best Wishes


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