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Welcome return for Stockton Farmers' Market after winter break

A new home for Stockton Farmers' Market means more room for local food producers wishing to sell direct to customers

Tracy Betney of Broom Mill Farm with Stockton Farmers' Market manager Lorna Jackson
Tracy Betney of Broom Mill Farm with Stockton Farmers' Market manager Lorna Jackson

Stockton Farmers’ Market will return on March 28 after its winter break with a new home and an appeal for new food producers to join the team.

Market manager Lorna Jackson says: “We’re about to start our fifth year of bringing the best local food right into the heart of the town centre and we can’t wait to get cracking.

“The good news is that we have a brand new home on the High Street and that’s opened up enough space for us to welcome some more good local food producers to come and join the team, especially with fruit and vegetables or seafood.

“It would also be perfect for any local community groups or allotment associations. We’d love to hear from people who’d like to be part of something special.”

Any new foodies will be joining an already strong market team, including Tracy Betney of Broom Mill Farm in Lower Teesdale, a stallholder at Stockton since the beginning.

Tracy and partner Matthew moved to their farm in 1987 and have since opened an award-winning farm shop, tearoom and bakery and developed their own brand of deli goods which they enjoy bringing direct to market.

“Everything on our stall is reared very happily on our farm and goes direct to market from here,” says Tracy. “This means we can have 100% confidence in the traceability and quality of all the meat we sell, and it also means we can provide great value on price.

“We also have our own in-house bakery and we bring our freshly baked pies and bread to market as well.

“We obviously work hard at the farm and it’s great to be able to take what we produce right into the heart of the town centre.

“Being able to meet customers face-to-face is one of the things we love best about being at the market. It’s great to meet people who share our passion for good, local food but who maybe can’t always make it out to a farm shop.

“We always look forward to the new season at Stockton and we’re looking forward to meeting any new stallholders who would like to join the team.”

Anyone interested is asked to contact Lorna Jackson directly at lorna.foodfirst@gmail.com

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