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Barefoot Barrow Market comes to Albert Park

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A photo of a wheelbarrow from the barefoot barrow market

A unique opportunity for local producers to trial fledgling food businesses is launched in Middlesbrough this weekend.

The Barefoot Barrow Market will serve up a feast of fresh, healthy local produce when it opens around the Fountain in Albert Park on Saturday.

The aim is to encourage small-scale food producers to take a step towards semi-commercial production. 

Everything has to be presented in a wheelbarrow - space restrictions favour smaller producers - reducing the cost of stalls and ensuring the market is as accessible as possible.

It's the brainchild of Barefoot Kitchen CIC, a grassroots social enterprise that works to create revolutionary, regenerative and resilient communities in the Tees Valley through food growing, cooking and sharing initiatives.

The launch event takes place this Saturday (July 17), with Barrow Markets due to take place in the Park every third Saturday thereafter.

Catherine Howell, of Barefoot Kitchen, said: "The Barrow Market isn't a farmers' market but the first stepping stone to becoming a local food business.

"It's all about encouraging local growers, local food producers and local social enterprises, and giving people the opportunity to buy local food and products. 

"It's also been fantastic to work with Albert Park which is the ideal location for a project like this."

Barefoot Barrow Markets will take place around the Albert Park Fountain from noon to 2pm every third Saturday from July 17. For more information visit the Barefoot Kitchen CIC Facebook page, email or call 07803 853475.

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