Farmers Market names new chairman

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Outgoing chairman Nigel Ekins (l) and Kim Courtauld

A new chairman has been appointed for Truro Farmers Market, which is entering its 18th year.

Kim Courtauld of Vicarage Farm has taken over at the head of a strengthened committee, which is dedicated to maintaining the quality and diversity of local food and craft available at market, which takes place weekly in both Truro and Falmouth.

Courtauld studied at agricultural college in Scotland and worked in rural areas across the UK as a farmer and gamekeeper; he has farmed at Wendron near Helston for 16 years and has been selling eggs, lamb, beef and turkey at various markets across Cornwall since 2000.

The committee will also be enhanced by the addition of new member, Graham Bradshaw, of Cornish Sea Salt, who will provide event management expertise to the group.

The new chairman began his tenure by thanking his predecessor, Nigel Ekins. He said: “Nigel has given the market many long years of service, and understands how it operates better than anyone. As he is continuing on the committee I will be turning to him regularly for help and advice.”

Courtauld says he is positive about the future of the market, despite the challenges from out-of-town stores and online shopping.

He said: “Farmers markets have gone through a cycle – support tailed off a little while ago but it has now returned with renewed vigour. We have a very loyal following and it’s particularly good to see the younger generation, including students in Falmouth, shopping at market regularly.”