North East England Farmers Markets now managed by FADNE

Apr 21, 2021

With effect from 1st May, North East England Farmers Markets (NEEFM) will come under the umbrella of FADNE who will manage its website and social media channels, as well as continuing to support the market operators’ network.

Nic Best who currently runs the website and social media will be taking a well-earned retirement. Nic has been involved with NEEFM since it started (in 2009 and involved with farmers markets since 1999), working first with the redoubtable Kate Potts and Alastair Davy, and for the past couple of years running things on a solo basis.

“I have thoroughly enjoyed working with the community of market operators, and I think that over the years NEEFM has made a real difference to farmers markets and local food markets across the region,” says Nic. “But now, it is time for me to step down – and I am very happy that FADNE are stepping up to take over. They are a very good fit for NEEFM, with an excellent track record of support local food producers – and are doing excellent work supporting and advocating for local producers during the pandemic.”

Chris Jewitt, founder and managing director of FADNE says, “Thriving community food markets not only stimulate the local food economy, celebrate food culture and improve access to regional food and drink, they also act as incubators for new, emerging and established food traders, producers and brands. 

“Having now managed Jesmond Food Market for two years, we have shown that markets are inclusive places to encourage us to come together under a common cause, to celebrate our collective identity as well as adding vibrancy to the region’s visitor economy.  We are delighted to be carrying on the great work already done by the North East England Farmers Market team and thank them for the opportunity to take this important local resource forward”.

You can visit the North East England Farmers Market website here, as well as on Twitter and Facebook to keep up to date with all the latest market news in the region.

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