Introducing our producers - #2
Our second stall holder is one of our 'old timers' Nigel from Drwytho. Nigel has been a integral part of the market for many years and has worked tirelessly to ensure the continuation and growth of our market. He has served as Vice Chairman, Chairman, Market Manager and is now our Treasurer. For about 7 years he arrived at the markets at the crack of dawn to put up our stalls. Added to that his oils, vinegars and curry pastes are unrivalled and his Gordal olives famous!! (We love you Nige!)
𝐍𝐚𝐦𝐞: Nigel Hunt 𝗕𝘂𝘀𝗶𝗻𝗲𝘀𝘀 𝗡𝗮𝗺𝗲: Drwytho
𝗪𝗵𝗮𝘁 𝗱𝗼 𝘆𝗼𝘂 𝘀𝗲𝗹𝗹 𝗮𝘁 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗺𝗮𝗿𝗸𝗲𝘁?
Loose Olives, Tapenades, Herb Infused Olive Oils, Vinegars, Dressings, Harissa, Range of Curry Spice Pastes, Raspberry Chilli Chutney, Roasted Garlic & Chilli Dip, Mini Figs in Raspberry Vinaigrette
𝗛𝗼𝘄 𝗹𝗼𝗻𝗴 𝗵𝗮𝘃𝗲 𝘆𝗼𝘂 𝗯𝗲𝗲𝗻 𝗮 𝗺𝗲𝗺𝗯𝗲𝗿 𝗼𝗳 𝗖𝗼𝘄𝗯𝗿𝗶𝗱𝗴𝗲 𝗙𝗮𝗿𝗺𝗲𝗿𝘀 𝗠𝗮𝗿𝗸𝗲𝘁? 12 years + I attend every week.
𝗪𝗵𝗮𝘁 𝗶𝘀 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗯𝗮𝗰𝗸𝗴𝗿𝗼𝘂𝗻𝗱 𝘁𝗼 𝘆𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝗯𝘂𝘀𝗶𝗻𝗲𝘀𝘀? 𝗛𝗼𝘄/𝗪𝗵𝘆 𝗱𝗶𝗱 𝘆𝗼𝘂 𝘀𝗲𝘁 𝘂𝗽 𝘆𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝗯𝘂𝘀𝗶𝗻𝗲𝘀𝘀
Started growing herbs, infused them into oils and developed new products, increasing the product range.
𝗪𝗵𝗮𝘁 𝗶𝘀 𝗮 𝘁𝘆𝗽𝗶𝗰𝗮𝗹 𝗱𝗮𝘆 𝗳𝗼𝗿 𝘆𝗼𝘂?
Making stock and trying new recipes.
𝗪𝗵𝗮𝘁 𝗶𝘀 𝗮 𝗰𝗼𝗺𝗺𝗼𝗻 𝗾𝘂𝗲𝘀𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻 𝘆𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝗰𝘂𝘀𝘁𝗼𝗺𝗲𝗿𝘀 𝗮𝘀𝗸 𝘆𝗼𝘂?
How hot is it? (I love chillies)
𝗪𝗵𝗮𝘁 𝗱𝗼 𝗲𝗻𝗷𝗼𝘆 𝗺𝗼𝘀𝘁 𝗮𝗯𝗼𝘂𝘁 𝘆𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝗷𝗼𝗯?
Making new products and trying them out
𝗧𝗲𝗹𝗹 𝘂𝘀 𝗮 𝗹𝗶𝘁𝘁𝗹𝗲 𝗮𝗯𝗼𝘂𝘁 𝘆𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝗯𝗮𝗰𝗸𝗴𝗿𝗼𝘂𝗻𝗱/𝗳𝗮𝗺𝗶𝗹𝘆:
Father RAF, innovative and experimental cook, passed on a love of herbs and cooking
𝗛𝗼𝘄 𝗱𝗼 𝘆𝗼𝘂 𝗹𝗶𝗸𝗲 𝘁𝗼 𝗿𝗲𝗹𝗮𝘅?
Good food and wine, pub company, friends!
𝗪𝗵𝗮𝘁’𝘀 𝗮 𝗳𝘂𝗻 𝗳𝗮𝗰𝘁 𝗮𝗯𝗼𝘂𝘁 𝘆𝗼𝘂 𝘁𝗵𝗮𝘁 𝗽𝗲𝗼𝗽𝗹𝗲 𝗺𝗮𝘆 𝗻𝗼𝘁 𝗸𝗻𝗼𝘄?
I was once on stage at the Moulin Rouge!
𝗪𝗵𝗮𝘁 𝗶𝘀 𝘆𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝗯𝗲𝘀𝘁 𝘀𝗲𝗹𝗹𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗽𝗿𝗼𝗱𝘂𝗰𝘁 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝘄𝗵𝗶𝗰𝗵 𝗽𝗿𝗼𝗱𝘂𝗰𝘁 𝗱𝗼 𝘆𝗼𝘂 𝘁𝗵𝗶𝗻𝗸 𝗶𝘀 𝘂𝗻𝗱𝗲𝗿 𝗿𝗮𝘁𝗲𝗱?
Best: Gordal Olives
𝗪𝗵𝗮𝘁 𝗮𝗿𝗲 𝘆𝗼𝘂 𝗹𝗼𝗼𝗸𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗳𝗼𝗿𝘄𝗮𝗿𝗱 𝘁𝗼 𝗱𝗼𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗮𝗳𝘁𝗲𝗿 𝗹𝗼𝗰𝗸 𝗱𝗼𝘄𝗻?
Getting back to Food Festivals. Moving my products into new delicatessens and farm shops etc. Developing a better online presence.
March is the start of the Farmers Market year, when all our producers re-join the market for the coming year. This year we have lots of new members and we also have members that have been with us since the very first market 20 years ago. Over the next few weeks we thought we would feature each of our members as a way of introducing you to them all.
No 1. - 𝐆𝐥𝐚𝐦𝐨𝐫𝐠𝐚𝐧 𝐒𝐦𝐚𝐥𝐥 𝐇𝐨𝐥𝐝𝐞𝐫𝐬
𝐖𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐝𝐨 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐬𝐞𝐥𝐥 𝐚𝐭 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐦𝐚𝐫𝐤𝐞𝐭? We are an association of local smallholders and sell a range of products from our members. Products include – locally grown flowers, wool, sheepskin and goatskin rugs, goats milk soap.
𝐇𝐨𝐰 𝐥𝐨𝐧𝐠 𝐡𝐚𝐯𝐞 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐛𝐞𝐞𝐧 𝐚 𝐦𝐞𝐦𝐛𝐞𝐫 𝐨𝐟 𝐂𝐨𝐰𝐛𝐫𝐢𝐝𝐠𝐞 𝐅𝐚𝐫𝐦𝐞𝐫𝐬 𝐌𝐚𝐫𝐤𝐞𝐭? About a year
𝐇𝐨𝐰 𝐨𝐟𝐭𝐞𝐧 𝐝𝐨 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐚𝐭𝐭𝐞𝐧𝐝 𝐂𝐨𝐰𝐛𝐫𝐢𝐝𝐠𝐞 𝐅𝐚𝐫𝐦𝐞𝐫𝐬 𝐌𝐚𝐫𝐤𝐞𝐭? Every other week.
𝐖𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐢𝐬 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐛𝐚𝐜𝐤𝐠𝐫𝐨𝐮𝐧𝐝 𝐭𝐨 𝐲𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐛𝐮𝐬𝐢𝐧𝐞𝐬𝐬? The association was founded in September 2018, it was founded by a group of smallholders as a networking and support group for local smallholders.
We hold monthly meetings, which during Covid 19 restrictions, are continuing on zoom. At our meetings we have a guest speaker who delivers a talk on subjects likely to affect our members. We also offer help, support and advice to each other.
𝐖𝐡𝐨 𝐚𝐫𝐞 𝐬𝐨𝐦𝐞 𝐨𝐟 𝐲𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐦𝐞𝐦𝐛𝐞𝐫𝐬 𝐰𝐞 𝐰𝐢𝐥𝐥 𝐬𝐞𝐞 𝐚𝐭 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐦𝐚𝐫𝐤𝐞𝐭? Garlic Meadow Goats milk soap, Anthea's Bloomers, Kennixton Sheep
𝐖𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐚𝐫𝐞 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐥𝐨𝐨𝐤𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐟𝐨𝐫𝐰𝐚𝐫𝐝 𝐭𝐨 𝐝𝐨𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐚𝐟𝐭𝐞𝐫 𝐥𝐨𝐜𝐤 𝐝𝐨𝐰𝐧? Continuing our meetings in person
Cowbridge Farmers’ Market believes that in this challenging time people should be eating fresh, healthy, locally produced food and as a farmer’s market we are ideally positioned to be a fundamental link in a healthy food chain. The market is an essential service and therefore at this stage the Farmers’ Market will continue to operate every Saturday out in the fresh air in Arthur John's car park.
We are monitoring public information and our main concern is to ensure the safety of both our producers and our customers, the market while following guidelines.
Some changes we are making for this week are:
After 18 years of holding markets in Cowbridge, Penarth and also over the years Barry, Llantwit Major and St Fagans the market will stop moving around the Vale and will instead hold a weekly market in Cowbridge. Markets will commence after the Christmas and New Year Break on Saturday 18th January 2020 at our usual site of Arthur Johns Car Park on North Road, Cowbridge.
Why not build the Farmers' Market into your weekly routine and call in to stock up on some fabulous locally produced food.
There are many reasons to love the Farmers' Market - supporting small producers, keeping things local, showcasing delicious local produce, cutting down on food miles and waste. I thought I would share with you this little story of a new product that highlights everything that is great about the Farmers' Market. Our market regulars will all be familiar with our Market Manger, Nigel Hunt of Drwytho, Nigel makes a range of herb infused oils, vinegar's and dressings. One of his very popular lines in his Raspberry vinegar, an excellent base for many dressings and a great addition to many salads. However Nigel had a problem with his Raspberry vinegar, every time he made a batch he was left with a few kilos of raspberry pulp waste. Now that is one thing we don' t like on the Farmers' Market is waste, so after several experiments his new Raspberry and Chilli chutney was born. At Penarth Farmers Market in February he had tasters to judge the reaction of his customers, however he left many people disappointed that it was not yet available to buy. Fear not I think Drwytho's Raspberry and Chilli Chutney will soon be a regular in the Drwytho range.
Delighted to welcome a fantastic new pork and bacon producer this week - Ty Siriol Pork. They are a husband and wife team (Suzy & Martyn), running over two sites, Pontardulais, Swansea and Llandeilo. They run a herd of Pedigree and purebred Welsh pigs, the traditional breed native to Wales. The breed is currently classified as “at risk” by the Rare Breeds Survival Trust. Suzy looks after all things "pig" and Martyn looks after all things "Pork" All their pork is bred, born and raised on their farm, where the pigs welfare is top priority. Processed in their own butchery (Food hygeine: 5 rating) where Martyn salts the bacons for dry curing and hand makes the sausages.Their fresh cuts of pork include: roasting joints, chops, tenderloins & diced pork. Plus a range of handmade sausages, dry cured bacons and faggots. Come and show them your support and try "Pork that tastes like it used to" - 'Happy Pork is Tasty Pork'.
Winners of the Penarth summer loyalty draw were made at the market and the winners received their prizes.
1st: Mr Derek Beadle who received his hamper of Farmers' Market produce from Phil Tucker from Billy's Bread.
2nd prize: Rob Bigsby - who is yet to collect his prize
3rd prize: Mr Cwyfan Hughes who received some cheese from John James Savage of Teifi Cheese
Cowbridge Loyalty Card Hamper winners.
The winners of the summer prize draw have now all received their prizes.
First prize was won by Gavin Reeve who was joined by his whole family to receive his hamper of Farmers' market produce from Derek Williams of Madgetts poultry and game. Gavin was delighted with his hamper, and told us "I have been involved in agriculture all my life.
Here in Glamorgan, and indeed in Wales, we have some of the finest produce in the country.In the farmers market, there is wonderful local produce; beef, lamb, eggs, poultry, bacon, sausages and home made produce, all of the highest quality.In the light of Brexit, it is vitally important that we support our local producers.The Farmers Market is a wonderful way to meet family and friends and to support the local economy."
Second prize was won by Sam Davies who received his chocolate cake and 3 bottles of Vale Cider from Molly Ranger from Cowbridge Country Markets. 3rd prize went to Mrs Morse who as usual was accompanied by her dog Rufus when she attended the market to receive her prize.
Vale Farmers’ Market Food Court at the Vale of Glamorgan Agricultural Show was a huge success this year with 40 stalls showcasing a wide range of local and artisan Welsh produce. Also within the Food Court was a play area delivered by the Vale of Glamorgan Play development team, which was popular throughout the day with the children visiting the show.
This year saw the inauguration of The John Fordham Memorial Trophy which was awarded to the Best Stall within the Food Court. A perpetual trophy in the form of a bronze pig was given by the Farmers’ Market in memory of John Fordham who was a regular stall holder at The Vale Farmers Market for 15 years selling his fantastic free range pork and bacon.
The competition was judged by Mr Bryan Marsh from The Simon Gibson Trust and Baked By Mel from Llantwit Major was judged as the winning stall. Thank you to Mr Marsh for judging what I am sure was not an easy competition as there were so many fabulous stalls within the Food Court, and presenting the trophy. Huge congratulations to Mel.
Also visiting the show was John’s widow Mrs Kathy Fordham who also congratulated Mel on winning ‘The Pig’
Billy's Bread is a small micro bakery business based in Llanblethian, Cowbridge.
They make a range of truly delicious Sourdough bread. There will be a range on offer to buy at the market although ideally you should text / email your order through 4 days ahead.
Contact Billy's Bread on
Molly Ranger, one of the stalwarts of Cowbridge Country Market is still very active as a producer, remarkable when you hear that Molly turns 90 on Saturday! She regularly makes traditional Welsh favourites such as Teisen Lap and Bara Brith for markets as well as mammoth batches of Welsh cakes and her legendary cheese scones are snapped up as soon as they appear. As well as the baking, she manages to find time to make jams and marmalades from all the fruit that family and friends pass on to her. Molly is endlessly positive and regularly puts those of us half her age to shame with her stamina and determination to “do things right”. I know you will all join us in wishing Molly a fantastic 90th birthday.