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Farmers’ Market on Saturday 27 June 2020

After a successful if cautious restart on 13 June, we will be back in slightly expanded form on 27 June 2020.  We have chosen to maintain the 2m distance between stalls to allow for social distancing of people shopping, to keep our stallholders safe and to allow for small, distanced queues at each stall should that be necessary. Thanks to Hexham Abbey we can extend the market on the 27th across Beaumont Street to include the Abbey Flags and you will find five stalls across the road.

Please maintain the clockwise circulation system, sanitise your hands regularly and keep your 2m distance.  We continue to allow stallholders and customers to make up their own minds about face coverings: as we understand it, the risk related to transfer of the corona virus outdoors remains slim and the UK government does not currently advise to use face coverings at outdoor markets.  You can see our updated risk assessment here and we welcome any comments.

Producers at the market on 27 June will be: Muckle Brewing, Ravensworth Grange, Middlemay Lamb, Spicy Monkey and Philippa Hodkinson (with her Northumberland-grown cut flowers) as well as Askerton Castle Estate, Bread and Roses Bakery, Bluebell Organics, Murphy’s Kitchen, Hexham Country Markets, Northumberland Honey and Mead, Noisette Catering, Hallsford Farm and North Shore Patisserie.

We look forward to see you there!

 

Hexham Farmers’ Market to your door

As you will know, we had to decide to suspend Hexham Farmers’ Market during the Corona COVID-19 outbreak but that doesn’t mean you have to do without high quality, locally produced food completely. Quite a few of our producers will  take telephone or online orders and either deliver to your door, or send out their products.  The group is likely to be changing, depending on how long the current situation lasts, but people happy to do so are as of today (20/4/2020) as follows (some minimum orders may apply):

Askerton Castle Estate: Organic meat and chicken. Delivery on Fridays.

Slackhouse Farm: Organic Birdoswald Cheese, yoghurt, milk, eggs. Delivery: Tuesday

Noisette Catering: home-made ready meals. Delivery Fridays, so orders by Monday please

Ravensworth Grange: Rare breed pork

Muckle Brewing: Locally brewed beers

Northumberland Honey Co: the clue is in the name!

Durham Soap Company: We all need soap now!

Meraki Cacao: Scruptious cacao bars

Stonehouse Smokery: high quality charcuterie

Hallsford Farm: Beef, lamb and sausages as well as some products from other places

Northumberland Cheese Company: variety of cheeses amde with cows, sheeps and goats milk

Spicy Monkey: the curry sauces that you’re used to from the market as well as other goodies

Cumberland Mustard: variety of mustards and other condiments

Others, including Bread and Roses bakery are working on an online shop and testing the logistics.

 

Hexham Farmers’ Market closes, for now

Following the Prime Minister’s announcement last night and the Government Guidance which we looked at this morning (Tuesday 24 March 2020), the Directors of Hexham Farmers’ Market Ltd. have decided to close Hexham Farmers’ Market for the time being.

Although the guidance allows market stalls  selling essentials like food to continue, we do not feel we can do so in a manner which keeps both our customers and stallholders safe.  It would be extremely difficult, if not impossible to ensure appropriate social distancing on the Market Place, or to restrict access to customers.

We are currently investigating the possibility of setting up a ‘click and collect’ system for farmers’ market produce and will report on any progress over the next few days.  We will also publicise a list of our prodcuers able to do online sales or orders by phone.

We understand that this announcement will disappoint many of our loyal customers, but hope that they will understand our decision.

Please keep an eye on the website and any further updates through our social media.

The market and Corona COVID 19

Having carefully considered the current situation in the UK with regard to the Corona COVID 19 virus, directors of Hexham Farmers’ Market Ltd. have decided to continue running the market for the time being. This means that tomorrow’s market (Saturday 14 March 2020) will take place as normal.

Obviously we will follow government advice with regard to this issue.

Hexham Farmers’ Market Calendar 2020

To celebrate our 20th anniversary this year we’ve created a calendar for 2020 (see what we did there?) with pictures from most of the producers at the market. The calendar is for sale at the markets between now and Christmas and as well as giving some lovely behind-the-scenes images the calendar includes the market dates for next year. The calendars cost £5 each.  For an additional £1.35 we can send the calendar in the post too (UK only, other countries will be more expensive).  Please contact us on hexhamfarmersmarket (at) gmail.com to ask for details about having it sent out.

It is our aim to create a page where you can get a bit more information about all the images in the calendar, especially which of the producer or producer’s product(s) it features and that page will be developed over the next few weeks.

Spook Night comes to Hexham!

This Saturday, 26 October 2019, isn’t just the date of the next Hexham Farmers’ Market, it is also the day for the popular Hexham Spook Night. To allow for the set up of some of the rides on the Market Place our farmers’ market will close at the slightly earlier time of 12noon.

To celebrate all things spooky Hexham Farmers’ Market will be doing a ‘Guess the weight of the pumpkin‘ competition. It’s free for anyone to enter and the prize at the end of the market is the pumpkin concerned. You will also be able to pick up a range of pumpkin recipes, courtesy of Food Durham, to encourage you to think of pumpkins as food, not just decoration, and to highlight the scandal of food waste. You can share your ideas for using your pumpkin in cooking on social media using #PumpkinRescue.

The pumpkin will be supplied by Richard from East Grange Farm in County Durham, whose Pick Your Own pumpkin patch will be open between 10am and 3pm every day between Saturday 26 and Thursday 31 October