A big thank you to everyone for all your custom in 2016. Markets are a lifeline for the small sustainable farms we support, Wild Country Organics, Brockmans, Brambletye, Hook and Gill Wing Farm. Your custom ensures that they are able to survive and thrive, summed up here in this statement from Brockman’s head honcho Patrick.
“Thank you to all our loyal and regular customers who have supported us throughout the year. Wishing you all the very best for this Christmas and the year ahead! Your direct support to us, a small independent family farm, has meant that this last year we have been able to expand what we do with the conversion of another small farm (18 acres of rented land), to organic production and
the expansion of cropping on another site that we converted in 2015. We have trialed new crops and continue to improve our range of produce while providing fair pay and conditions for staff, a good home to wildlife and improving our soils with organic and traditional
And our other aim is to increase resilience in our own community by supporting ultra local food businesses and artists and makers, as well as growing our own and taking gluts on the Patchwork Farm stall. This year has seen Sarah Garcia take over The Store Cupboard in the courtyard and the arrival of Ross from London Smoke and Cure, who smokes
in the Triangle and Brett and Bailey are now weekly. We have supported countless other locals who’ve supplied preserves, hot food, art, crafts, flowers, calendars and munch munch more. Well done to Beth who has successfully opened the fantastic Paxton Centre – even though we miss her in the market.
We have also been able to create some employment for the teenagers in our community. Many volunteer to set-up and take down the market, and once they’ve earned their stripes we get them their first jobs on the stalls, especially Brambletye farm. This process teaches many things: taking instruction, working as a team, learning about biodynamic farming, selling, adding up, being on time ……. If you’ve got a teenager, come and ask us about it.
Well, I guess it’s time to say, HAPPY CHRISTMAS & NEW YEAR, and see you on the 7th January, remember we’re closed on the 31st December.