Don’t be a Fool!

Don’t be a Fool – get down to Barnard Castle on 1st April for a farmers market full of Easter promise!

Whilst we did contemplate the biggest April Fool joke we could play for the next farmers market at Barnard Castle – perhaps randomly moving it to another venue , not turning up at all or renaming it the “Barbara Castle” farmers market as one stallholders spell check helpfully called it.. really lets hope the weather does not play any tricks on us as we emerge from the warmth of the Witham Hall to our usual spot on the cobbles

Following the foolish theme though – how about some fruit fools from Renaissance Cakes or comedy vegetables from Bluebell Organics? It’ s probably better to think about Easter instead which is only 2 weeks after the market with many of the stallholders having Easter offers – how about mini egg brownies from Forge Lane or giant hot cross buns from Sue’s Bread? Loopy Lisa will have some hot cross fudge and Turk’s Head some Easter chutney. Even more traditionally, Alison’s Country Pantry will have simnel cakes and Hartwood Poultry will have 10% off all whole chickens if you need something great for Easter Sunday lunch…
All this is alongside all our regular stallholders such as Just William with his award winning 4 seasons marmalade and great other local produce such as honey, sausages, cakes and where would Easter be without chocolate? Our local producer Kacoa is sure to have many treats for that special Easter treat.
New to the market this month also we are welcoming a great award winning pie company called Pie Jackers who have already won awards in the British Pie Awards for their Hotshot Chicken pie and Steak, Guinness and Black Pudding pie
As well as the ever popular raffle to win a bag full of market goodies – April really is a great time to head down to Barnard Castle Farmers Market

Christmas Market 2016

Apple Day – 1st October 2016


Help! The bugs are after our apples!!

There is potential trouble in store at Barnard Castle farmers market this month – there are bugs out to eat the apples and they need the children to hunt them out amongst the stalls to save the day… this and other fun will be part of the Apple Day planned for the market on 1st October

The new market manager Katrina Palmer who has recently taken over the role from William Ramsbottom tells us more
“ October at the market has always traditionally been an apple day and its no different this year – we always like to have something fun for the kids to get involved in – so I thought it would be a great idea for then to look out for the bugs hidden on different stalls on the market.” There are 7 to find and a prize of a toffee apple made by local fudge producer Loopy Lisa for the first 30 children to complete the task
As well as this activity the market will be busy showcasing all the fantastic products for sale that contain apples from apple sausages and burgers from Barton Farm Products and Deer n Dexter to orchard Chutney from Just William and apple and cinnamon brownies from Forge Lane . Other delights include apple crumble with a ginger topping from Gingerbread Mam , apple smoked trout filets from Bessy Beck and home made organic apple juice from Bluebell Organics.
There will be a raffle with the chance to win a market bag full of these products
Katrina will be hosting a stall herself to promote the raffle and the childrens activities but also to launch the sale of some great new market bags which have been designed to promote the market as well as other local farmers markets in the region.The bags are a great way to reduce the use of plastic bags and to gather up all the great produce on the market and can be bought for £3.50 each

The market is on Saturday 1st October in the market place in Barnard Castle – 10am – 3pm

Barnard Castle Farmers Market would like to apologise for the unfortunate incident that occurred on Saturday regarding Helen Goodman MP.

If we had been forewarned of Mrs Goodman’s wishes we would have been able to explain why we cannot have tractors driven in front of the stalls after opening time due to the road being officially closed to traffic for the safety of the public. We take the safety of our customers and stallholders as being our first priority and do everything we can to mitigate this. To help drivers we place a road closed sign at the top of the market stating that the road is closed to traffic as it is for the duration of the Farmers Market. It would have been wonderful to have had a tractor, especially such a very large and clean one, visit us on a Farmers Market day but we would have needed plenty of warning. We would have needed to make sufficient room for it so as not to cause an obstruction to emergency services who need access at all times. It must also be said that we try to keep out of politics and would have been reluctant to host any political party at this time wanting to forward its views on the imminent in/out vote.

I hope that Mrs Goodman is able to join us on a future market so that we can tempt her with some of the delicious produce we have on offer, some indeed produced by her constituents. I would only ask that she brings nothing larger than a shopping bag next time.

Yours respectfully.

William Ramsbottom.

Market manager

April the 2nd on the cobbles

We are all working hard preparing for our first full market of the year on the cobbles, where we belong. There will be award winning cheese, puddings, butter, fudge, spiced sauces and the most recent, Marmalade for you to choose from, don’t be shy, get tucked in. Be assured, there are superb producers on the market who would get top awards for their produce if they were to enter but they are always too busy selling to happy customers. We will be ready by 9.30 but if you arrive early we never turn anyone away empty handed; don’t forget though, we all turn back into mice at 3pm.

March in the Witham

Thankfully we are booked into the Witham Hall again this Saturday and the doors open at 9.30 till 3pm. If you get to the hall early you may be able to sneak in round the back where we do our unloading but this is not available in wet conditions for safety reasons. We will be at full strength this month so get there in good time as I am always surprised how my favorite treats sell out very quickly. There will be all the usual fabulous food but don’t forget to pick up your Mothers Day gift for the special Lady in your family, the choice should fit most tastes. See you there.


First Market Nerves

 As I’m writing this I look up and see its raining.  Again.  I have rather enjoyed the cold and frost of recent days, I’ve always thought that there’s something rather magical about the low hung winter sun and the way it casts its light through the trees, but this year, coming after so many weeks of rain, it was even more special.

 I’ve also enjoyed my morning dog walk with Barney without getting soaked!  Still, I have much to be thankful for and in 2016 my husband and I are about to embark on quite an adventure.

It’s two weeks into the new year and I am looking forward to the first Barnard Castle Farmer’s Market because it will also be our first.  Jonathan and I have recently acquired Leaside Cheesemakers and, after an extended period of apprenticeship under Brian and Esme Dedman’s expert tutelage, we are being cast out to build on what can only be described as quite a legacy.

 Of course, I’ve helped, or perhaps hindered, at a few markets with the formidable pair on the cobbles before, but this time it’s just us, with product made by us, to the same excellent recipe of course, but made by us just the same, so it’s quite a test.  I feel like an actress waiting to go on stage…there’s definitely some first market nerves here! 

However, we do have two things to be thankful for.  Firstly, the people of Barney Market, the stallholders and the general public, are quite frankly, absolutely lovely, so we’re sure of a warm welcome.  

Secondly, the gods have been kind to us.  This market is being housed in the beautiful Witham Hall building.  There’s an excellent cafe for drinks and lunch, I’ve used it many times so I’m looking forward to that, and if the rain does return…or continue, we will all be in the warm and dry. 

We would all like to extend our warmest congratulations to our newest Dad, Adam Guy and his wife Catherine (Wildon Grange Dressings). James Joseph Guy, weighing 7 pounds 6 ounces was born on the 6th of January and should be fully trained by 2031. I hope both Catherin and James will come and visit us soon. 

Pop along and give us some encouragement on Saturday 6th February from 9.30am.  There’s a fantastic range of fresh local produce created with care and love.  Quality food, what could be better for beating the damp and cold of these winter months? 

Allison Raper

Leaside Cheesemakers

5th December Farmers’ Market

Due to weather conditions, we are moving to Addisons Auction Rooms from 10-2pm. There will be a free shuttle bus from the market place to Addisons from There is also plenty of free parking. Addisons Auction Rooms is situated just off the  A688 Staindrop Road just out of Barnard Castle on the right hand side if you are leaving Barnard Castle,  DL12 8TD.

November Farmers’ Market

November’s farmers’ market gets underway this Saturday on the cobbles in Barnard Castle. Lots of local Autumnal goodies on. Plus make a date in your diary for Taste of Teesdale at Raby Castle on Sunday 29 November

October Farmers’ Market

There’s nothing quite like sunshine on an Autumn day. Don’t miss Barnard Castle Farmers’ market tomorrow on the cobbles from 9.30-3.00. Bring your baskets and sunglasses and enjoy our foodie paradise.