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FESTIVE FOOD: The Big Sheep Christmas markets are foodie heaven

By North Devon Journal  |  Posted: December 05, 2013

TASTY TREAT: Free mince pies are on offer at the Big Sheep's Christmas Farmers' markets.

TASTY TREAT: Free mince pies are on offer at the Big Sheep's Christmas Farmers' markets.

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THE CHEERFUL atmosphere of The Big Sheep Christmas markets is a fantastic way to get into the festive spirit – especially if you love seasonal tastes, smells and sights. And this Saturday the family attraction will be offering a free mince pie and coffee to shoppers at its first market.

It's a wonderful place to pick up free range turkeys, organic meats, sprouts on stalks, cheeses, cakes, puddings, biscuits, fudge, chocolate, bread, fish and Christmas trees.

Big Sheep director Rick Turner who set up the markets with the support of North Devon Journal in the aftermath of the foot and mouth outbreak to help farmers said: "When we ran our first farmers' market these types of markets were a relatively new idea and it is wonderful to see how the concept of supporting local producers has grown right across the UK.

"The markets are my favourite time of year and it is amazing to see how they have grown each year getting bigger and better.

"I love fresh tasty food all year round, but I especially love Christmas and always like to try something new. My motto is 'If you can't treat yourself and forget about the calories at Christmas when can you?'– that's a good enough excuse for me."

On Saturday, December 14 there will be a chance to meet the Journal team who are thrilled to be taking part in the popular seasonal foodie event. "It's a great excuse to get out and meet people and talk about the new initiatives in the Journal – North Devon's big read," said editor Lisa Templeton. "And if we get the opportunity to sample some lovely North Devon produce – what could be better?"

Visitors to the first market can place an order for collection on Saturday, December 21.

The Big Sheep at Abbotsham, near Bideford, holds its Christmas Markets on Saturday, December 7, 14 and 21, 9am to 1pm.

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