Check out a farmers’ market

BUYING local is set to become more popular than ever this Christmas with 29% of consumers saying they will be heading to small, independent stores and local farmers’ markets for a proportion of their food shopping over the festive period.

BUYING local is set to become more popular than ever this Christmas with 29% of consumers saying they will be heading to small, independent stores and local farmers’ markets for a proportion of their food shopping over the festive period.

The grounds of The Bowes Museum will be bustling with 80 festive stalls and entertainment this Sunday from 10.30am-4pm for the annual traditional Christmas Market. There is entertainment, Santa in his grotto, a fairground ride, a juggler and children’s activities provided by the RSPB Northern Kites Project. Ample free on-site parking makes for a stress free day out for all the family.

The popular Tea with the Bowes event takes place inside the Museum at 10.30am and 1pm, offering a magical theatrical tour culminating in the serving of tea and cakes in elegant surroundings. The cost is £1.50 with admission and there is no need to book. Tel: (01833) 690606, ext 227.

Berwick Farmers Market regularly attracts more than 20 stalls offering a wide selection of food, drink and crafts from both sides of the border.

Some of the best products are made using traditional methods like the fish and shellfish from Swallow Fish’s smokehouse in Seahouses or the quality flours and cereals from the water-powered cornmill at Heatherslaw.

For bread like it used to taste try a wood-fired sourdough cob or wholemeal roll from the Great Northumberland Bread Co. And what better accompaniment than honey from Tweedside Bee Products or pates and terrines made from local ingredients by Fenton Fine Foods or Border Country Pates?

There is a good variety of high quality, traditionally-raised meat on offer including Piperfield pork, Roseden Farm lamb, Well Hung and Tender Aberdeen Angus beef, and mutton, chickens and bronze turkeys from Liddesdale Selection. Tritlington Fresh Produce and Thisselcockrigg offer a wide range of local and seasonal vegetables.

Also available are jams, preserves, home-baking, festive drinks, dramatic Northumberland prints, hand-made soaps.

Berwick’s Christmas Farmers Market is this Sunday from 10am to 1.30pm, at The Maltings in Eastern Lane.

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