Each month, one of the traders at the Wednesday market in Morpeth tell their story. Next up is Jimmy Bell – known locally as the Lambman.
Jimmy is based at East Wingates Farm near Longhorsley. His family have lived and farmed in Northumberland for more than 400 years.
He is now back at the weekly market in the Market Place with his fresh lamb from prize-winning stock and he will be a regular through to the end of February, when he will go back to start the farming year.
All of the lamb is prepared to a high standard at a local abattoir then brought back to Jimmy’s licensed on-farm butchery, where it is stored and prepared ready to be sold.
The meat is organically produced and it is matured for 10 days to enhance the flavour. As a result of all this, the Lambman has been awarded the Quality Standard Mark from Eblex – the organisation for the English beef and sheep industry.
Jimmy said: “By hard work and diversifying, we hope that the farm is sustainable for us to enjoy and also for the next generation.”