Published: 08 December 2013

It was disappointment all round at the Lichfield Farmers' Market on Thursday 5 December. Traders arrived early with every hope for a successful day's trading in the run up to Christmas but the weather had a different agenda as the high winds moved in.

Traders tried resiliently to sheet their stalls and display their tempting and tasty produce but it proved too much for many of them who had to abandon all hope of any Christmas sales. A small number of determined traders braved it out in an effort to give their customers a small selection of what should have been on offer, but the heavy rain and high gusts which arrived at lunchtime meant that the Market had to be abandoned. Customers arrived throughout the day in anticipation of buying the diverse choice of food and crafts normally available each month, but felt disappointed to be met with the reduced version of what is normally a busy and enticing market.

Fortunately, every cloud has a silver lining and so there will be an extra Farmers' Market on the Market Square on Thursday 19 December to give loyal customers another chance to stock up with fresh and delicious produce and handmade crafts in time for Christmas.

Shoppers at the monthly Farmers' Market

Pickles & preserves from Willow Cottage Store

Fresh bread and cakes from CocoMeli

Pork pies & pates from Poachers