Brough Farmers' Market
What We Sell
In a county such as Cumbria, the majority of farms are livestock farms, predominantly cattle and sheep. The Market's organisers, to encourage variety, have made a deliberate effort to reduce duplication by not allowing more than two stalls to sell the same product. Wherever possible stallholders should have come from as close as possible to Brough, preferably within a thirty mile radius, though when a particular product is not available from within that range, to allow variety to help attract customers, exceptions may be made.
There are thus four stalls selling meat (and their sausages and burgers), one specialises in lamb and beef and another specialises pork and beef. The third has farmed venison with pates and pies, and dexter beef. As a different form of meat, the fourth stall sells their own oven-ready poultry, oven-ready ducks, eggs and various poultry cuts.
On a more exotic note, there is a stall with home-made fudge, and another with luxury chocolates.
On the baking front, there is currently only one stall with home baking (cakes of all sorts, meat pies and quiches).
One stall specialises in ready meals which are fresh, so can be frozen, and the same stall sells home-made bread. They don't make a lot and it is sold quickly, but they often bring in a second batch in the middle of the morning.
Another stall specialises in selling jams and chutneys.
We also have a cheese stall with a wide variety of cheeses from small cheesemakers. Strictly speaking, since he is selling someone else's produce he is not part of the certified market, and we display a notice saying so. On the other hand, although our shoppers want cheese, a small cheesemaker tends to specialise on one type of cheese, only varying it by maturity and addition of herbs or other additives, so the sales of a small cheesemaker are insufficient in a market of our size for it to be worth their while to come. The combined production of a number of small cheeseries satisfies a much wider demand and is economically more viable.
From north Lancashire, the organisers have managed to find a vegetable grower, there do not seem to be any vegetable growers in Cumbria. His crops are not organic but what he sells is very fresh. In accord with the rules of farmers' markets, he does not sell bought-in vegetables and fruit, so shows seasonal variations in what is actually available but still achieves a wide range.
Probably the only stalls whose products you can't eat are the plants stall, our village silver-smith's, and we now have a local photographer selling framed prints of the surrounding areas.
Occasionally there may be other craft stalls, or display stalls, and these will be announced in the attractions page for the coming month.