The Ruby Country Market brings together growers, producers, traders and artisans from all over the West Country. It was established in 2012 as a showcase for local businesses and has quickly become one of the largest traditional markets in the South West. It is held three times a year, always on a Saturday from 9am-2pm, on a purpose-built site in the market town of Hatherleigh, Devon. A donation from all parking fees will be made to Devon Air Ambulance Trust (DAAT).
Stallholders number around 200 and trade from outside gazebos and inside hall space which, in some cases, is uniquely divided into cattle & sheep pens. The open Food Hall area, where the Devon Air Ambulance Trust stand is located, boasts some of the best local food and drink available including ciders and ales, chutneys and jams to cheeses, olives, tasty pies and scrumptious cakes. as well as fabulous quality goods that include an assortment of crafts and paintings and “all kinds of everything”.
All the while, local talented musicians entertain you with a variety of musical genres; all creating a lovely atmosphere for browsing, shopping and generally whiling away your morning.
The organisers are proud of the growth and success of Ruby Country Market to date and explained the reasoning behind their support of Devon Air Ambulance Trust. “Living in a widespread rural community like the area around Hatherleigh, we think that DAAT provides a necessary facility which is not government funded so we will help where we are able. Practically every local person can tell you about a friend or family member who has been helped by DAAT in their unmistakable red helicopter. The expertise of the paramedics and the speed of the aircraft from the scene to the hospital can make the difference between life and death.”