Regulars at Hexham Farmers’ Market will be aware that most of our producers have beeing doing the market for many years, some of them have been coming for more than 10 years! However, we do also take gust producers which allows people who haven’t brought their produce to Hexham before, find out what the market is like. Conversely it allows the market management to see if a new producer works in the mix and offers products that enhance our overall offer. All guest producers still have to be from within 50 miles of Hexham, produce and sell their own products, and use at least some ingredients that were themselves produced within the 50 miles of Hexham.
This Satuday, 24 November, we have no fewer than three guest producers, one from Northumberland, one from Cumbriua and one from County Durham.
Phil works with E3 Ecology in Wark in the North Tyne Valley, making innovative bird and bat boxes. The boxes are very long lasting and have a magic, locally produced component that make them weather and blend in with the environment really quickly.
Lee runs Stonehouse Smokery near Carlisle. He rears outdoor pigs and turns the meat into charcuterie and does his onw smoking too. Having lost two charcutiers and a smokehouse over the last 18 months we’re particularly happy to have Lee try the market.
The Durham Soap Company is based near Lanchester and came to us via Andrew of Bread and Roses. Their soaps are hand-made in small batches and use natural ingredients and pure essential oils. To sell soap and other cosmetics you need to get them tested extensively, a process they went through over the summer. The Durham Soap Company will try the market when our regulars, Malcolm and Maggie from TOCV Aromatherapy can’t be there.