Bumper September market coming up!

The market on 11 September is shaping up to be one of our biggests of the year yet.  It will see the very welcome return of Lee from Stonehouse Smokery and Julie from Pure Plants, together with two producers  trying the market for the first time.

Belle & Herbs are based in Tyneside and make fermented vegetables in jars for veg grown on the Rising Sun Farm.  They include things like sourkraut in white and red versions, kimchi and unusual food like fermented mooli.  Professor Tim Spector, who researches our microbiome (or gut flora) suggests that we should all eat fermented foods at some point in the week and the products made by Belle & Herbs are a welcome addition to market staples like sourdough bread and yoghurt.

Helen from Knitted up North in Ryton will be bring a range of her hand-knit items for the first time too.

We will be having music from Simon Probyn, a sax player with a jazzy repertoire and with it being the weekend of the Heritage Open Days, Transition Tynedale will be launching their Edible Hexham Trail on Saturday.  You’ll be able to find out more at their stall at the market too.

Bijou market on 28 August but with two interesting guests

With various festivals and events starting up again, weddings doing a bit of a catch-up and people trying to take a holdiday with their children, we have a slightly bijou market on Saturday 28 August.  However, a part of that slightly smallerm but perfectly formed mix we have two interesting guest prodcuers as well as a lot of your favourites.

The Red Welly Food Co is a small batch producer based in the heart of the Eden Valley in Cumbria. They produce some big flavours with their 2 types of bacon jam,their range of unique hot sauces and their natural rubs/seasonings. You can use the products in any way you choose, and they believe you shouldn’t put any product in one box. However, they know that the Cumbrian BBQ rub works really well on chicken, fish, tofu, in dressings and even in vegetables.

The people at The Yolker are North-East based producers of gourmet, flavoured Scotch Eggs with a soft-set yolk.

They are handmade using the finest locally produced ingredients from locally sourced suppliers with eggs from Northumbrian Free Range Eggs at Matfen. They offer 7 different varieties all named after well-known films and film quotes and they include both gluten-free and vegetarian options.

We hope you’ll give them a very warm welcome!

The market will be in its usual place on the Market Place and around Hexham Abbey between 9am and 1.30pm.

Former market organiser Jo Burrill

We have received the sad news that our former market organsier Jo Burrill died last weekend after a long illness.

As well as organising the market, Jo made bread for the market from her home in Hexham and towards the end of 2019 Jo did a few markets as a guest producer selling her pottery. In addition Jo was a very loyal customer of the market always arriving on her bike to buy her supplies. We extend our sincere condolences to Tristan, her partner.

To mark her death and as a posthumous ‘thank you’ we will be running a farmers’ market raffle at the market tomorrow, 10 July 2021, with the proceeds going to a cancer charity, or a charity of Tristan’s choice.

Post market update: We spoke to Tristan and he suggested Tynedale Hospice as the charity to support. We’re pleased to say our raffled raised £162 which has now been transferred to the charity.  Thanks go to the people who bought tickets and all producers who supported the raffle with produse.

One year on!

This weekend marks the one year anniversary of the return of the farmners’ market after the very first lockdown in Spring 2020 and we’re delighted to not have missed one since. Yes, there have been some changes: our larger area around Hexham Abbey has been a real success and most of our producers now take card payments.

We’re deligthed to welcome back this week Mari and Geoff from Cumberland Mustard and Julie from Pure Plants. Northern Ark, Hexham Country Market and Tim Foxall will all be with us, as well as most of the rest of our wonderful prodcuers who have kept coming right throughout that past year.  We’ll also be bringing back music for the first time since late 2019!  Missing this week with be Bluebell Organics and Stonehouse Smokery, as they are both having a well-deserved break.

Now that the scaffolding around the abbey is all gone we’ll be using the area along the footpath to the Sele again and you’ll find four of our producers there.  You can find a full plan for the market here.

Charging for plastic bags

Today, 21 May 2021, the regulations around who needs to charge for plastic bags have changed, which means that if you ask for a plastic bags most of our producers will need to charge you a minimum of 10p per bags.   Hexham Farmers’ Market wholeheartedly supports this change as we really need to cut down of the use of single use plastic (and plastic in general) where we can.  Fortunately many of our customers already bring their own bags and containers and we strongly encourage you to continue to do so. The charge will also apply to biodegradable bags.

There are some exceptions like bags for uncooked meat, fish and poultry, vegetable ‘contaminated’ with soil and food in containers that nare not secure enough to prevent leakage while handling.  Our producers don’t have to charge for bags that have previously been used of for papert bags.

Take away message: bring your own bags and containers and if you do have to ask for a bag, please be prepared to pay the 10p charge.

You can for info about the plastic bag charge and the responsibilites here.

“Plastic Bag” by londonista_londonist is licensed under CC BY 2.0

Welcoming back old friends

We’re delighted to be wqelcoming back three old friends to the market on Saturday 8 May 2021. Carron Craighead from MiddleMay Lamb and Tim Foxall will be returning for the first time since Christmas last year and Simon from Northern Ark Nursery is back for the first time since autumn.  We’re delighted to have them back and we’re sure you will be too.

The scaffolding on the Market Place side of Hexham Abbey has now gone so the market will be suing that space a little more intensvely and as the market on Saturday 8 May will be the busiest since Christmas we have had to put the stalls a little closer together than we have done over recent months. However, we will have barriers between the stalls and we will have our volunteer stewards on hand to help manage any queues.

The market on the 8th is also the last one to benefit from the closure of Beaumont Street and Hallstile Bank.  We learned this week that all the road management measures will be lifted on 17 May, so from the market on the 22nd onwards we will have to be more careful with through traffic again.  We have really felt that the measures which have been in place since last summer, made the experience of this historic part of Hexham much more pleasant and the market has benefited from that those improvements. We’re sad to see them go.  However, if you  and your family have enjoyed being in the Market Place and surrounding area while the road has been closed and think that we could learn from this experience and improve the situation more permanently, please feel free to contact your newly re-elected County Councillors.