Autumn at Barnard Castle Farmers’ Market can be one of the most fruitful times. My mind turns to the sound of apples lazily thumping to the ground, of plump partridge sizzling in the oven, giant marrow and all manner of good things. Being able to choose from the choicest ingredients, which are fresh, crisp and ready for the pot, is what the joy of seasonal food is all about.
Having to wait for the arrival of seasonal food means we know it will taste better, because… ‘Now is its time’. However, food can only taste as good as the time invested, and that’s why we’re so fortunate having a market that brings not only diversity of produce, but also the story of its making.
October’s market is also ‘Apple day’ whereupon stallholders will offer themed apple delights to tempt, including, crumbles, organic apple juice, rowan & crab apple jelly and chutney too. The market will also hold its first series of stallholder talks and presentations.
This month will see Katrina Palmer from Bluebell Organics and Shelley Ridddell from Bessy Beck trout fishery and Smokehouse describing how their produce is lovingly made, along with mouth-watering ideas and recipes to bring to the kitchen table.
The talks and presentations are a great opportunity to learn about locally produced food and to ask questions. There’s nothing like talking to the people who produced the food you’re going to eat and who are willing to give you their time. Katrina will explain how BlueBell Organics make their own delicious home made apple juice, while Shelley will describe how their fabulous smoked products are made including their delicious range of pate and smoked trout fishcakes. There will also be recipe cards and handouts to give away, so you can go home and tilt a few plates to the swipe of bread or a finger.
It’s simple, life is too short for bad food. Enjoy your food how Mother Nature intended and eat seasonal…eat well.