Award-winning producers add star quality to the Marlborough Communities Market
Familiar faces they may be to visitors to the Marlborough Communities Market, but many of the producers are also familiar faces to the judges of the Great Taste Awards, organised by the Guild of Fine Food.
Five of the producers present at last Sunday's market accounted for thirty awards between them, a rarified grouping when considering that each year's awards attracts nearly ten thousand entries.
Hyper-local companies, Ramsbury Tea and Marlborough Mushrooms have recently managed to notch-up three Gold Stars between them, and both have recently been invited to a Trade Event hosted by Business in the Community, Community First and Lloyds Bank - the newly formed 'Taste of Wiltshire', being held at Cleeve House on September 26th.
Hinton Marsh Farm, who have been trading in Marlborough now for nearly fourteen years (having been stalwarts of the previous Farmers' Market that took place in the Town Hall for twelve of them) boast eighteen awards in the last six years. The family run farm have won recognition for their lamb burgers, sausages and bacon, much of which is available on the barbecue that they bring with them to each Marlborough market offering a tasty alternative to their new product, pulled lamb wraps, served up by grandfather Stan and granddaughter Florence.
Other farmers' markets regulars Neustift Goats, who run a small herd out of Lynham and regular attendees of many of the up-market farmers' markets in London have notched up two Gold and one Silver award for their sublime soft cheese, that is potted up on the morning of a market and comes in many flavours including Peppercorn, Lavender, Lovage and Plain. Derek and Erica Barton have kept their herd of goats for 40 years and the business in named after the area of Austria that Erica's mother originates from.
Lastly Marlborough Market stars, The Cotswold Curer who recently caught the eye of celebrity chef Marco Pierre White, when he visited the market over the Summer are also of great interest to local food producer Caroline Wheatley-Hubbard of Boyton Farm's Ginger Piggery, who recognises how difficult it is to produce quality charcuterie in the UK, due to the high standards meted out by our Health and Safety Department.
The next Marlborough Communties Market will be held on Sunday 15th September, where alongside these stellar producers will be a wide range of other stalls, tempting visitors with offers as diverse as recycled computers, Shwopping (bring and buy run by Transition Marlborough) to locally produced honey from the Wiltshire Bee Centre.
More information about the market can be found at www.marlboroughmarket.org.uk