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Hovingham shows there is life in farmers markets yet

New York City has 107, Los Angeles has 88 and yet Leeds has just a handful of farmers markets. We like to think we have embraced the concept since the first UK version in 1997, but we are massively behind many other countries and there is a feeling among some that British farmers markets have already had their day.

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Fodder, the Yorkshire Agricultural Societys award-winning food hall and caf� at the Great Yorkshire Showground.

Future Farmers: How Jane fell for work in food retail

We are very busy gearing up for Christmas, along with every other retailer in the land.

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Shaun and Wendy McKenna.  Pic: Lucy Oates.

Living the Dream: Force of Mac is like being hit by an Austin Allegro

Our latest flood defences are almost complete and they will hopefully do the trick and hold back the next deluge that comes our way.

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Over the stable door: Little chance of escape from trenches and trees

Over the stable door: Little chance of escape from trenches and trees

At the moment, I walk out of my backdoor in to something that resembles the Western Front. Lines of deep muddy trenches zigzag across the yard and up the driveway dug out by the builders in order to lay the necessary utilities for the barn conversion next door. Mounds of stones, earth and mud lie next to craterous holes.

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It seems there is a never-ending pressure to buy things.  Picture: Rui Vieria/PA

Wolds Diary: Season to be jolly should not be all about spending money

Last weekend I visited a couple more craft fairs, one here in Pocklington and another at the church at Wilberfoss. The nice thing about the latter is that they had a tombola where every ticket was a winner. I came away with a couple of things, both of which I can use. They also had a coffee morning and I delighted in a cup of coffee. The sweet aroma of the bacon buttie stall won and I departed the church with various items and a bacon buttie that I quickly consumed before driving home.

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Water rails are the most predatory member of the rail family and will hunt other birds.

Birdwatch: Predatory squealer at large in number

The water rail is one of the ten most elusive birds in Britain spending most of its time skulking deep in redbuds.

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Mike Reynolds is ready for the big Christmas tree rush at Rudfarlington Farm.  Picture: Simon Hulme

Farm of the Week: Harrogate tree dealer branches out

It all started beginning to look a lot like Christmas just weeks after the last festive season finished at Rudfarlington Farm on the edge of Harrogate. That’s when Mike Reynolds attended the Christmas & Gift Fair exhibition at the town’s International Centre.

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Storm Desmond proved devastating for many farmers in the North of England.  Picture: Tim Ireland/PA Wire

Hundreds of flood-hit farms still await recovery funds

Hundreds of flood-hit farmers in parts of northern England are still waiting to receive emergency funds to bring their land back into production, almost a year to the day since Storm Desmond struck.

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Tom Rawson said he is disappointed that producers have not enjoyed greater dividends.  Picture: Bruce Rollinson

Dairy processors accused of holding back recovery

Four successive months of rising farm gate milk prices are proving too little to ease the cashflow crisis plaguing the sector, according to a prominent Yorkshire dairy farmer.

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The NFU has held face-to-face talks with Minister Andrea Leadsom.  Picture: James Hardisty

Farming leader holds ‘robust’ talks with Minister

Agriculture’s key priorities for post-Brexit Britain have been set out in face to face talks held between the country’s farming union leader and the Environment Secretary.

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Rural Payments Agency chief executive Mark Grimshaw

Agency chief will have ‘feet held to the fire’ over farmers’ payments

AN influential parliamentary watchdog has vowed to hold the Rural Payments Agency’s “feet to the fire” to ensure farmers receive a new round of lifeblood support payments on time.

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Andrew and Maria Henshaw with children Jack and Rachel at their Mainsgill Farm & Farm Shop, East Layton, Richmond.  Picture: Bruce Rollinson

Farm of the Week: Retail overhaul is the start of something special at Mainsgill

Everyone has bad days. When that happens to Andrew and Maria Henshaw they open up a drawer in their office that holds past records to remind them of what they have been through. They regain perspective, realise they’re doing all right and shut it back up. That’s how they deal with life at Mainsgill Farm and Farm Shop on the A66 just four miles from Scotch Corner.

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Swillington Ings, only six miles from Leeds City Centre but a magnet for bird species.  Picture: Martin Robinson.

Country & Coast: Industrial reclamation pays off for wildlife

When coal mines were dug around the Lower Aire Valley in Victorian times there were no Nimbys to object, because in those days local landowners and villagers all subscribed to that old Yorkshire adage “where there’s muck there’s brass”.

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There is a lot of variation between different rosehip bushes. Some hips are almost smooth, others are spiky.

Hours spent pulverising forage in pursuit of good health

When Winter approaches it is never a bad idea to take a few precautions. So I thought I’d have a go at producing my own variant on one of the great ways of protecting yourself from colds at a time when vitamins are a touch harder than normal to come by. I set about making some Rosehip Syrup.

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A target to increase woodland cover in the Yorkshire Dales National Park by 2,000 hectares is "on course" to be met by 2020.  Picture: Tanya St. Pierre/Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust

New funds for Yorkshire landowners to plant more trees

Landowners who manage some of the county’s most precious landscapes are being offered financial incentives and green-fingered expertise to capitalise on ambitious government targets to dramatically increase tree cover.

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Jamie Roberts, the great, great grandson of Sir James Roberts, has penned a joint objection to the Bradford Innovation Centre plans with Nick Salt, the great grandson of Sir Titus Salt.

High-profile opposition to plans to shut Aire Valley dairy farm

One of the Aire Valley’s last surviving family-run farms risks being “lost forever” under plans to replace it with an innovation centre, descendants of Saltaire’s founders and patrons claimed.

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The Holderness Threshermen at Paul Clappison's  farm at Welwick near Hull.  Picture: Tony Johnson.

Joy for all at Holderness’s festive thrash

Winter and the festive season provide a host of quirky events. There are Boxing Day dips in the North Sea, an annual village cricket match between Malham and Appletreewick often played in snow and then there’s a ‘thrash’ of a different kind in Welwick near Patrington in the East Riding on December 27.

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Paul Kitchen combines running an agricultural machinery business with being landlord of the Black Horse Inn, the village pub in Roos, East Yorkshire.   Picture: Tony Johnson.

Paul’s pride at fixing any machine that moves

Much emphasis and pressure is put on obtaining qualifications but it appears there is still no substitute for enthusiasm, vigour and a will to win. Paul Kitchen left school at 15 with nothing, but he hadn’t been twiddling his thumbs.

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Volunteers launch The Little White Bus's Richmondshire Rover services in the village of Eppleby.

North Yorkshire volunteers add new rural bus routes

A new minibus service to link some of North Yorkshire’s most remote villages to key services in towns has been launched amid a warning that its future relies solely on the community’s goodwill.

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Shaun and Wendy McKenna.  Pic: Lucy Oates.

Living the Dream: More floods hit our tearoom

“I’ll just pop over to the teashop and pick up your phone,” I said, “I’ll be back in a minute”. As it happens, I was back in less than a minute, because what welcomed me as I walked through the teashop kitchen door needed a swift team effort.

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