A MOTHER who set up up a popular community market is now capitalizing on that success by bringing a farmers' market to Ruislip.
Caron Pook started running Duck Pond Market at the Manor Farm, in Bury Street, Ruislip, in December last year as a way of bringing locally produced organic and home made items to the community.
The monthly market has been a huge hit with the people of Ruislip, so now she has decided to set up a new venture running a monthly farmers' market at the same venue.
The 34-year-old, of Wyteleaf Close, Ruislip, said: "Myself and Cathy Smith, from Miriam’s Munchies, a regular cake seller at Duck Pond Market, decided to launch this market after seeing what an enthusiastic response I had to Duck Pond Market, and particularly the food stalls.
"There is obviously a demand for local and ethically sourced produce and it seemed to be the obvious thing to do next.
"The new market will sell food, plants and flowers produced within 50 miles of Ruislip.
"Some of it will be organic and all of it will be sold by the people that produce it, allowing customers to ask questions and find out more about how their food was made."
Mrs Smith, 45, who has had a cake stall at Duck Pond Market since it started and will also have a stall at the new market, said: "Caron has been running the market very successfully and in view of the feedback we have got from customers we felt it would be a good idea to bring the food element back more frequently so people can do their food shopping twice a month.
"There will be primary producers who sell meat, fish, shellfish, vegetables, fruit, and dairy products and secondary producers who take local food and convert it into something else like bread, cider and cakes.
"It might be a bit more expensive than supermarket food but it lasts longer and it's fresh."
Duck Pond Market is held on the third Sunday of every month and the farmers' market will be on the first Sunday starting this weekend (May 3).
It runs from 10am to 3pm and there will also be a local bee keepers stall, a Ruislip Central Horticultural Society stall, a café, buskers and a petting zoo for children. There will also be free face painting at the first market.