Sounds a good title for a children’s story, ‘The Moon and the Hot Cross Bun’ but bear with me while I attempt to explain the connection. Traditionally eaten on Good Friday, Hot cross buns, are steeped in superstition, the cross I’ve heard said to ward off evil spirits. Sharing one is meant to cement friendships, which is as good an excuse as any to bake a batch.
Although I’ve never been one for fasting, with Easter being so late this year these sticky, fruity treats have been put on hold due to the moon and here’s the connection, Easter is celebrated on the first Sunday after the full moon following the vernal equinox. This year, the first vernal equinox wasn’t until March 20, which is why Easter will take place in late April.
However, if you look carefully you might find a few of these bad boys making a guest appearance at Barnard Castle Farmers’ Market on Saturday 5th April, not to mention our usual array of locally produced food and drink.
Our customers certainly know their spring onions. A recent survey revealed, provenance, quality, and taste are the most important factors influencing the choice customers make about buying from the market and make no mistake, without your support there wouldn’t be a farmers’ market in Barnard Castle. So support your local market and traders this weekend, buy local- eat well.
Don’t forget to take part in Easter chick treasure hunt. Find the names of as many chicks as you can and you could win a special Easter Hamper.