VISITING your local market may seem like a thing of the past but traders are encouraging villagers to support their local businesses.

Artisan breads, hot bacon baps, fresh fruit and vegetables or handmade silver jewellery are just some of the things you can buy at Crowthorne Market.

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Crowthorne's Parish Clerk Melanie Saville is urging people to try and shop more locally and enjoy the tasty treats on offer every Friday and Sunday.

It hasn't been an easy ride getting the market up and running, explains Melanie, as she struggles to find a reliable green grocer.

She said: "The market launched on July 24 after locals expressed a keen interest in the market relaunching. We have had a bumpy start to having a reliable green grocer. We have a green grocer who showed interest but they only turned up twice out of the eight markets we have run!

"So now we have to go back and find another green grocer."

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Residents have shared their suggestions on what they would like to see the market sell.

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Stalls which sell pet accessories such as dog collars, a fruit and veg stand and handmade candles is desired.

Ms Saville said: "There is still lots of work to do to make it perfect and we are proactively seeking a reliable green grocer. We have a plant stall, artisan baker which is going down an absolute storm in sales, a sweet stall run by an Edgbarrow student, Giggly Pig which sells bacon, sausages and Little Gems which sells handmade silver jewellery. "I have spent many hours paid and unpaid to make it a success. We have an Edgbarrow student design the posters which advertise the market and we do have a page on Facebook too."

Crowthorne Village also feels proud to have a plastic free status and Melanie's idea of the market is to encourage people to "shop local and walk to do their shopping."

She added: "There are many reasons why we should support the market. The idea is to encourage more people to shop locally and for people to walk and use less plastic bags at the market."

The market runs on Fridays and Sundays from 9am to 2pm at the Morgan Recreation Car Park.