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The horsemeat scandal, which revealed the content of processed food in some shops and restaurants, may have played a part in the flourishing success of Rochester Farmers’ Market.
A year on from the expose, hundreds are flocking to the monthly market to buy fresh, seasonal produce grown and reared by Kent farmers.
Miss Le Breton said: “Since the horsemeat saga, there has been a tendency to be safe rather than sorry.
“At the time we saw trade soaring at butchers in Medway with the huge demand for home-made sausages and burgers. The market has gone from strength to strength.
“Our traders are passionate about their produce and they are there to reassure and answer customers’ questions because they have grown, reared or made what they sell.”
The market, which is held in the Corporation Street car park, has been shortlisted in the top three of the Best Farmers’ Market category in the Taste of Kent Awards.
Miss Le Breton said: “It was first set up in the castle moat in 2000 with about 15 stalls. On Sunday there were 28 stalls.
"The community has remained very supportive of the idea and it has become part of Rochester.
“Also, a recent survey has show there is little difference in price in supermarkets. The difference is that people know what they are getting and the quality tends to be better.”
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