The low down on the markets in North Northumberland. Where, when and what.
When we first moved to Belford one of the many delights was realising there were so many new places to discover and visit. As I have said before, how and where food is produced is one of my passions so hunting out a local market was a must. These are just a couple to get you started.
Regular markets in the (market) town of Alnwick are a great staple and the monthly farmers & craft market have those extra local delights. Held on Fridays and Saturdays during the spring and summer there are a good number of local producers here. Everything from local meats, baking treats and handmade crafts including shoes.
The farmers market every last Friday of the month mostly concentrates on local produce. Regulars are Northumberland Cheese and D R C Collins for beautifully fresh fish, two of our favourites and ones for later blogs. Local meats, beers and some crafts are always here and well worth trying.
Worth mentioning is also the Taste of Northumbria shop in the market square. This an outlet for locally made/brewed beers and spirits. Made from local grains and in the case of the gins and vodkas, botanicals from the area that provide a unique flavour and bouquet. Always worth popping in to see what’s new.
St Abbs Market
On our travels St Abbs Market appeared on our radar. Held at the Ebba centre in St Abbs every Friday it’s a great morning out. A lovely find on one of our visits was Kiki’s Chocolate. We had been looking for something a little special for guests celebrating an occation. Kiki was able to personalise a handmade chocolate bar with “Best Wishes from Market Cross”. Ideal for any occasion and always well received by our guests. They taste amazing too.
St Abbs Market also travels to several other destinations in north Northumberland. If you want to find one near to where you may be staying the website is st-abbs-market.com.
As I posted in my last blog (All About Bread) I bake around 30 loaves of bread every bank holiday weekend. This is for the Belford Market which while small is held for a great reason. Apart from attracting visitors to the village its purpose is to support various charities. The market has grown since we first arrived in the village. It now has around sixteen stalls manned by local people helping to make a difference.
These range from Blue House Goats Cheese, locally made cupcakes, crafts, photographs and plants. Tea and coffee is always provided either by the Belford WI or St Marys Church. Such a friendly atmosphere and worth dropping in. We are looking forward to an extended market in July as this coincides with the Belford Arts Festival. 28thand 29thJuly. Come and have a look at the local artistic talent. You won’t be disappointed.