Farmers' market turns 20

Morpeth’s popular Farmers’ Market celebrated two decades of delicious local produce as residents flocked to sample the treats on offer at the weekend celebration.

Tuesday, 5th November 2019, 10:07 am
Updated Friday, 8th November 2019, 9:17 pm
From left, Ian Byatt, Coun Nic Best, Jimmy the Lamb Man and Heather Foggon.

The busy market began in 1999 to coincide with the 800th anniversary celebration of the town’s 1199 Market Charter.

Since then the much-loved monthly event has gone from strength to strength, growing in popularity for its fabulous local produce.

Saturday was a celebration of those traders who had been part of the market for the last twenty years including Ian Byatt from Moorhouse Farm, Jimmy the Lamb Man and Heather Foggon from Chirnells Farmhouse Kitchen.

To further celebrate the 20th anniversary, the original “juggling sheep” logo for the Northumberland Farmers’ Markets Association has made a return and can be found on exclusive 20th anniversary canvas bags which are available to purchase at every Farmers’ Market.

Last Saturday, the market even attracted customers who had bought the original canvas bags back in early 2000.

The next Farmers’ Market will be the festive market and the final one for 2019, taking place on Saturday 7th December where shoppers can stock up for Christmas.

To find out more about joining Morpeth Farmers’ Market, please contact Market Manger Neil Brown by email – neil.brown@northumberland.gov.uk

The Morpeth weekly market is held every Wednesday from 9am to 3pm and the Farmers’ Market is on the first Saturday of every month.