It is years since I last went to the Farmer’s Market and it has grown out of all recognition. Even on a cold wet Saturday at the end of October there were over 20 stalls selling everything from wicker baskets to ostrich burgers.
There were several different butchers stalls selling venison, chicken, lamb, beef (which looked to be well hung), pork and sausages. There was a long queue for Redhill Farm’s pork. There were also a couple of stalls selling pork pies, meat pies, pasties etc. All looked appetising. There was a stall specialising in smoked fish – mackerel, salmon, trout and eels. I was tempted by the gravlax which would be lunch. I quickly moved past the goats cheese but did stop at the Cote Hill Farm cheese stall and sampled all the cheeses and ended up with a small pack of Cote Hill Yellow Belly which is a creamy cheese which initially tasted quite bland, but then the flavour kicked in. This would solve tea tonight with a loaf from Mount Pleasant Mill bread stall. I was spoilt for choice with Sunflower, rye, maltstone. olive, French onion bread, sour dough… I bought a small loaf of walnut bread which has chunks of walnut in it and did complement the cheese.
All I needed next was something to drink with it. There was apple juice, fruit wines but Tom Wood’s beers seemed most appropriate.
All I needed now was a Lincolnshire Plum oaf from the gluten free stall (had to be very strong willed and ignore the chocolate fudge cake) and a big bag of Bramley cooking apples. I was tempted by all the different eating apples – Laxton superb, Laxton fortune, Merton Worcester, Katy, red pippin, discovery, spartan and rather regretted having order apples on the Morrison on line shop earlier in the week.
The ostrich and kangaroo burger stall was doing a roaring trade in freshly cooked burgers. They smelt very appetising and I’ll definitely have to try one next time. On closer inspection they also sell sausages as well as zebra, antelope, camel, wild boar and even crocodile burgers… Nearby the home made ice creams had few takers.
There are several stalls selling a range of jams, pickles and honey. There is an egg stall and a Piper’s crisp stall with dishes of all the different flavours to taste. There was even a stall selling a wide range of diffrent edible fungi, many varieties I’d never heard of. Wold’s Wool products were selling hand knitted mittens, gloves and sleeveless jerkins.
I hadn’t intended to buy, just look but was very impressed. It is definitely worth visiting and another time I shall be trying out the butchers stalls. Stall holders are friendly, passionate and very knowledgeable about what they are selling. It may be more expensive than Morrisons but is much more fun.
The market is held monthly on the fourth Saturday of the month in Brigg Market Place and complements the usual Saturday market selling fruit, vegetables and plants