In readiness for the children’s first day back at school (and looking to lift the gloom), I pondered how summer continues throughout September due to the equinox falling on the 21st or 22nd of the month with many evenings of cricket on the green, lifting our mood during an Indian Summer. To make the best of this abundant harvest time I suggested we grasp the opportunity to make the most of our last weekend by foraging for wild blackberries, food often being a temporary cure for growing boy-blues.
While our scratches and clicked shirts were rewarded with an ample amount of wild blackberries, my tummy rumblings were also leaning towards September’s rich harvest of juicy plums, apples, and damsons. As the weather starts to cool, the game season also comes into its own adding richer autumnal flavours to the menu making it am ideal time to visit the farmers’ market in Barnard Castle.
This month will be one of our largest ever with abundance of locally produced food and drink. Also making its first appearance from the kitchen of Nobia will be curried goat, African sauces and limogee.
This has also been a great year for Barnard Castle Farmers’ Market with many new customers discovering the joys of purchasing from the producer themselves. It has therefor come as no surprise that the market has collected a record haul of awards at the one of the most prestigious food awards in the world.
The Great Taste Awards are the “Oscars’ of the food world” and are judged purely on the product itself, disregarding packaging and presentation. This results in a level playing field where the product is allowed to compete whether from a large multinational or a small kitchen company.
We are therefore delighted to have had five of our producer’s collect a total of 9 Gold’s for their exceptional products. Burtree Puddings and Wildon Grange have won 3 One Star Gold’s each. Just Williams has a 1 One Star Gold. The Honey B Co and Leaside Cheese makers have won Two Star Gold each.
Space limits the opportunity for me to tell you more, so why not join us for our next Farmers Market on Saturday September the 6th and help celebrate our awards and many, other mouth-watering goodies, including award winners from previous years. We are open from 9.30 till 3 pm but most of us are ready and trading by 9‘ish. Barnard Castle is a jewel of a town and the gateway to upper Teesdale making it a perfect destination for a full day out.