Welcome to April and the promise of so much growth and vitality in the countryside. I am always enthralled by the variegated shades of new growth coupled with the steady build-up of different colours and textures of blossom. I have just passed a wild gooseberry bush buzzing with Honey Bees, Queen Wasps and clumsy Bumble Bees frantically flitting from bloom to bloom. I hope this industry predicts a bumper crop.
Barnard Castle Farmers Market is also buzzing with anticipation as we have a full and exiting market coming up on Saturday.
Not only will we have our extensive array of gorgeous food we are also preparing for our first cookery demonstration of the year. I have managed to attract my sister Sarah Ramsbottom up from London although it took very little persuasion as she snapped up the chance to visit. Sarah is a professional and imaginative cook in London with her own successful cookery company Little Morsel.
Sarah will host four half hour cookery demos throughout the day, focusing on hints and recipes for a range of manageable and affordable meals. With such a wide selection of produce available Sarah has taken up the challenge to use as much of it as possible in her demonstrations. There will be lots of room so do come down and join her on the cobbles and sample each tasty morsel as it is cooked. Form a queue behind me!
We will also be collecting your slips for our free draw. This will give you the opportunity to win £10 to spend on the next market. Don’t worry if you forget your slip, we will make sure that there are plenty around on the day.
Ignore the forecast, dress “Teesdale” and come to the Market where we promise you a warm welcome, food and weather?