At long last, a drift of white on a hill side is more lightly to be Blackthorn blossom rather than the pestilent snow.
Whilst tending my orchard and I have noticed a rapid; oh, all right, a steady surge of new growth on all of my fruit. Spring may be weeks late but I fancy that with a bit more warmth everything we cherish will be back on track for a bumper year. All of the fruit trees and bushes will be brim full of pent up energy, not having produced a harvest last year, so let’s all hope for a bumper crop of everything. I’m tied up in knots here not just fingers.
Talking of pent up energy, we are fairly busy on the market this year with a host of extra events celebrating the rich food heritage the North of England is rightly proud of. We will be visiting a number of venues round the Dales with our meet the producer roads show and cannot wait for our Taste of Teesdale Festival at Raby Castle in July.
The next Road Show is on the 19th of May at the Crown in Mickleton. This is a chance for us to team up with one of the area’s most outstanding food destinations in one of the Dales loveliest villages. There will be about 10 producers and they will be providing the main ingredients for the owner and Chef Andrew Rowbotham to demonstrate with. There will be ample opportunity for everyone to find out how the produce on sale is reared, grown or produced. Why not book in for lunch in the Crown and make a proper day of it.
Taste Teesdale in July will be a celebration of food and farming with something for everyone. The icing on the Teesdale cake is that it will only cost £6 per car to get in to the event. More about that later.
Barnie Farmers Market is proud to be sponsoring the Teesdale Mercury’s “Young Achiever of the Year” in their Pride of Teesdale Awards. This Saturday we will be presenting the winner with a special hamper filled to the brim with the finest produce the market can provide. This award recognises young people up to the age of 18. The Mercury has always recognised the achievements of the dale’s young people and we are looking forward to meeting the winner.
The 16-22 April was National Bread Week but we are giving it a little extension with Sue’s Bread and her extensive range of yeast blown goodies. Just about every accompaniment the heart could desire can then be found on our other stalls to place on your favourite slice. There are jam’s, cheeses, fish pates and salami to choose from and lots lots more; what a feast.
Every Barnie Farmers Market is a Food Festival.