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Farmers Markets

For me the Farmers Markets have been a godsend. Several people have asked me how to get started.

Well:- Each market has a fairly uniform set of rules. Mainly that all goods and produce should be off your own farm or smallholding. All should be clearly marked as proof of origin. NO BOUGHT IN GOODS ALLOWED!

The Market managers are all very approachable and helpful. Market days are usually from 10am to 3pm.but most stallholders try and set up for 9am. and leave just after 2pm depending on the number of potential buyers evident, or sooner if you’re lucky enough to sell out quickly.

At present the stallholders are selling:- Longhorn Beef, Lamb, Wild Boar, Boer Goat, Pork, Free Range Eggs, Organic Bread, Organic Apple Juice, Cheese, Milk, Home Baking and Craft Work. There is a demand for Organic Vegetables, in fact anything Organic. It is best if there are two people on a stall so one can at times relieve the other.

Some of the Markets allow organisations such as allotment holders, smallholders etc. to take a stall proving the original criteria are adhered to. The markets are usually council controlled. Here is a list:-

TOWN CONTROL PLACE DAY
Durham Town Hall Durham Market Place 3rd Thursday
Morpeth 01670 514351 Town Hall 1st Sunday
Hexham 01434 270393 Hexham Mart 2nd Saturday
Alnwick Brian Cromby
07808 078949
Alnwick Market Place Last Friday
Berwick Town Hall Butter Market
Carlisle Town Hall

Muriel Brown