Each month, one of the traders at the Wednesday market in Morpeth tell their story. Next up is Gingersnaps run by Steve Purvis.
Steve has been a trader for 32 years and he has spent the last six trading his perfect pies, scrumptious scones and tempting tray bakes at Morpeth’s weekly market, as well as the monthly farmers’ market where he often sells out of products.
As it is a family-run business, Steve is helped by his partner and step-daughter, who between them make the entire range for his popular stall.
Alongside the pies, he also sells hog roast sandwiches, which he says are proving increasingly popular as the weather turns cooler, especially those looking for something hot to grab on their lunch hour whilst shopping at the market.
But his popular pies are still the best sellers on his stall – including the delicious mince and corned beef pie. He also gives some top tips to his customers on how to make the perfect pie and recreate his techniques at home.
Steve said: “The perfect pie to me is plenty of filling and to not rush the case of the pie because if you rush it, you end up getting cracks in the pastry case and the pie ends up falling to pieces, but you won’t find that here.
“Most of all, it is passion that gives you the best pie.”
Gingersnaps uses all local ingredients for its pies to ensure the best quality. Free range eggs, pork, lamb and beef from neighbour market trader Jimmy the Lamb Man are used.
Even though these are some of the best quality ingredients around, you will be surprised what you can get for your money, with all products ranging from £1 to £3.50.
Steve and his family also sell their pies and other tasty treats at all of the large county shows in the area.