The Fresh Food Market that takes place in Netherfield on the third Saturday of every month is growing and growing as Christmas approaches.
Brockleby’s, the luxury homemade piemaker, now has a stall. Brockleby’s farm all their own meat; their best-selling pie is the Wild Beaver, pieces of steak in a rich Beaver Ale gravy, wrapped in a shortcrust butter pastry pie, and winner of the Best Steak and Ale Pie at the 2012 Food Awards.
Lawn Mill Pantry is also a regular at the market, selling traditional jams, chutneys and marmalades – their best seller at the market is the lemon curd.
The Great Cheese Company stall has a superb range of local cheeses and produce including Colston Basset Stilton, Lincolnshire Plum Bread, Sparkenhoe Red Leicester and Snowdonian Black Bomber.
Food for hungry shoppers is available from the Zanzibar Caribbean Takeaway, which serves fry dumpling (a cross between West African and West Indian cuisines), curried mutton and rice and peas, Jollof Rice (West African) and Zanzibar curried vegetables (which are suitable for vegans).
Councillor Kathryn Fox, Portfolio Holder for Community Development, said: “It’s fantastic to see the market grow in this way. There’s a lovely diversity of stalls, and more and more people are coming along each time the market takes place – the day has a real buzz about it.”
The next market takes place on Saturday 16 November. People can call 0115 961 3341 for more information, or can find out more at www.gedling.gov.uk.