Well, we’ve found a new home, and one which suits us, and it, better than the general market. Taunton Farmer’s Market is a foodie’s heaven with foods ranging from artisan breads, to wild-foraging chickens and ducks. This fits beautifully with our ethic of promoting the natural countryside as a rich source of food, the freer the better.
While we’re still working on getting the stall up to a more professional standard, things have improved since our first humble attempt at a market stall back in the hollow days of early January.
Our teas. Let’s see. There’s wild-foraged mallow, dandelion, nettle and home grown peppermint.
Jasmin and Lavender are my own invention. (Flower Teas, whoda thunk!) Even more delicious (and popular) is the near-esoteric rose and cardamom. Then there’s raspberry leaf, rose leaf and hawthorn leaf ( all foraged) and a few other unique blends which make Tea From Nature something really special. Some of these teas come into our hands still wet with dew, and end up in our handmade teabags washed, dried, chopped and carefully blended.
Fruit leather is a form of specially-prepared dried fruit, which relies on lack of moisture as a preservative. They keep for up to a year once we’ve packed them. Where possible we avoid adding sugar, but sometimes the fruit may be particularly tart, which can make them less appealing to younger people. When this happens, we add around 1 tbsp sugar to 500g fresh fruit.
The leathers are great as lunchbox snacks and several of our customers have already discovered that their children prefer them to other healthy (and not so healthy) options.
Currently we offer Sloe Candy, Cola Cubes (which aren’t actually cubic), Throat Soothers containing hoarhound herb, and Cold Comfort with coltsfoot. For the medicinal sweets we also add essential oils like aniseed, menthol, eucalyptus and clove to boost their effectiveness. Once our own herbs start growing again (soon, I hope), we’ll be making night-cap sweets containing vervain and lemon balm, which will help you nod off at night.
We’ve a selection of orgasmic syrups and sauces including Sloe Syrup (pour a little in a shot of gin for instant sloe gin) and rosehip syrup (a traditional daily spoonful can boost your Vit C intake). They can also be added to hot or cold water as a cordial, or drizzled on porridge, yogurt or ice cream for a hit of deliciousness.
Our Mexican style hot sauce delivers quite a punch. Containing birds-eye and cayenne chillies, along with cumin and cocoa powder, it’s slow-cooked for 24 hours until it’s concentrated and dark. Use drizzled on salad or burgers, as a base for your own chilli, or as a dip.
Our Chinese style hot sauce is sweet as well as spicy. With thai chillis and ginger, soy sauce and sesame oil, it has a deep, hot flavour you can add to stir-fries, wraps or use as a dipping sauce.
We replace the wheatflour with ground almonds, which not only makes them gluten-free, but even yummier than the traditional pastry.
We will soon be offering vegan and gluten-free brownies, including a peanut-swirl variety, using our own vegan chocolate substitute and ground almonds.
So, whether you want something delicious or different, or have a restricted diet, there’s something for you at our stall. Come along and see for yourself.