This coming Saturday, 25 September 2021, is our first market after the Autumn Equinox and it is a fabulous time to visit the farmers’ market: the gardens providing lots of food so we have lots of choice from the veg stalls and the choice of jams and chuneys is brilliant. As we are getting to some kind of new normal after the Covid pandemic festivals and events have also started up again, so we do have a few producers who are going off to the Festival of Thrift in Redcar, but we still have a brilliant array of regulars and new producers.
We’re celebrating the last few days of #SourdoughSeptember with Andrew from Bread and Roses providing you with a delicious choice of sourdough breads. Sourdough is a name for a mixture (dough or batter) of water and cereal flour containing a culture of naturally occurring yeasts and lactic acid bacteria. It is often also used to name breads and pancakes made using such a culture.
Yeasts and bacteria are present all around us – for example in the air, soil and water. Those well suited to bread production are found in relatively high populations on the surface of cereal grains, such as wheat. By grinding the grains into flour and providing a suitable environment for these microorganisms to thrive (basically by adding water, maintaining an appropriate temperature, and providing food in the form of more flour) these populations can be increased in size and concentration, where they co-exist in a symbiotic relationship. Like yoghurt and kimchi sourdough bread is a fermented prodcut which your gut microbione will thank you for.
It’s also Organic September which celebrates all organic farming and food prodcution. Organic farming is one of the ways in which farming and nature can live in harmony and we’re delight to have a good spread of organic prodcuers at the market: Bluebell Organics with their vegetables and fruit, Askerton Castle Esate and Middlemay Lamb, both selling organic meat and Slackhouse Farm with organic cheese, milk and yoghurt.
On top of all that we’ll have music from Samantha and Emma from Birness in Upper Redesdale playing fiddle and clog dancing.
You’ll be very welcome between about 9am and 1.30pm on Saturday 25 September 2021!