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Farmers are snow strangers to market

PUBLISHED: 13:49 13 January 2010 | UPDATED: 11:22 23 August 2010

HARDY traders at Gravesend Farmers Market battled through snow to hold the market on Friday. Farmers from as far away as Maidstone and Essex revealed said they made the tricky trip out of a sense of obligation to their customers. Grocery seller Mike Mal

HARDY traders at Gravesend Farmers Market battled through snow to hold the market on Friday.

Farmers from as far away as Maidstone and Essex revealed said they made the tricky trip out of a sense of obligation to their customers.

Grocery seller Mike Mallett of Whitegate Farm, Rainham, said: "Where we are committed to go to we do, unless it is really impossible.

"We have a hare core of customers and we would hate to let down anyone who expects us to be here."

Sandra Woodfall organises the market as well as running a preserves stall and had travelled in from near Maidstone.

She said: "We had to dig the car out

this morning.

"We left our house at about 6.15am and didn't get out of our road until 7:45am but after that it was pretty clear."

She said that the day's turnout was down on usual numbers, but that it was important for the market to be a constant presence, adding: "The thing with the farmers market is that it is monthly, so were we to even miss one we wouldn't want customers to think we were no longer running."

The traders also attend the Dartford Farmers Market and explained that before Christmas this had been badly hit.

John Tobutt of Broomfield Farm, Meopham, sells seasonal fruit at Gravesend and Dartford.

He said: "I made it up to Dartford before Christmas but it was empty due to the weather.

"I'll be heading there next week but last time it was hardly worth my while."

nick.hitchens@archant.co.uk

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