Stockton Farmers' Market creates space for potential new stallholders
Local foodies are in for a tasty treat when Stockton Farmers' Market returns after a winter break on Saturday 28 March.
And with a brand new home on the High Street, Market organisers are now on the lookout for any potential new local food producers to join the team.
Market Manager Lorna Jackson said: "We're about to start our fifth year of bringing the best local food right into the heart of the town centre, and we can't wait to get cracking.
"The good news is that we have a brand new home on the High Street, and that's opened up enough space for us to welcome some more good local food producers to come and join the team - especially with fruit & veg or seafood.
"It would also be perfect for any local community groups or allotment associations - so we'd love to hear from people who'd like to be part of something special."
Any new foodies will be joining an already strong Market team, including Tracy Betney of Broom Mill Farm in Lower Teesdale, a stallholder at Stockton since the first Farmers' Market five years ago.
Tracy & partner Matthew moved to their farm in 1987, and have since built a farm shop, tearoom and bakery, and developed their own brand of delicious deli goods.
And it's all something that Tracy loves bringing direct to the market.
"Everything on our stall is reared very happily on our farm, and goes direct to market from here - the whole process from start to finish," said Tracy. "This means we can have 100% confidence in the traceability and quality of all the meat we sell - and also means we can provide great value on price.
"We also have our own in-house bakery, and we bring our freshly baked pies and bread to market as well.
"We obviously work hard at the farm, and it's great to be able to take what we produce right into the heart of the town centre.
"Being able to meet customers face-to-face is one if the things we love best about being at the Market - it's great to meet people who share our passion for good local food, but who maybe can't always make it out to a farm shop.
"We always look forward to the brand new season at Stockton, and we're looking forward to meeting any new stallholders who would like to join the team."