A FARMERS market has seen a major boost in its visitor numbers after turning to social media to promote its service.

Abbey Leys Farmers Market, based in High Legh, runs on the first Sunday of every month.

But it has teamed up with Reaseheath College to grow its digital platforms, including a new website and social media channels as part of ambitious plans to become one of the country’s most popular.

Janet Harrison, location manager at Abbey Leys, said: “Our market has been open for more tan 15 years now and while we have a dedicated base of loyal customers who visit every month, it is wonderful to be able to communicate with a new audience, who have a real interest in sustainable produce and supporting their community. It is certainly helping us to grow strongly in 2017.

“We hope to further develop our web presence over the next six months and become the north west’s most popular farmer’s market.”

Beth Chinn, ERDF business co-ordinator at Reaseheath, said: “It has been a pleasure to work with the volunteers at Abbeys Leys. To see them benefit so directly from the advice and support provided through our SME growth programme has been wonderful.

“Our fully funded support, which is tailored to the needs of individual businesses, has really enabled Abbey Leys to take the next step.”

Based in High Legh, Cheshire, the market takes place on the first Sunday of every month and is led by a community of volunteers, who feel passionately about local, fresh produce with low food miles.