Taunton Farmer’s Market

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.

Me on the left there, trying to look important.
Our range of home made herbal teas.









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.

20150212_091407We do a variety of awesome fruit leathers, which look and sound pretty strange, but are 100% delicious.  We have Strawberry, Blackberry & Apple, Apple, Plum and Apricot varieties.

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.

Our yummy Strawberry Fruit Leather.

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.

20150212_091417We make a variety of herbal and fruit sweets which have the benefit of no artificial additives. Sugar is their only preservative.

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.20150212_091413

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.

20150212_091336We offer a range of baked goods.  From Bountie Bars which use cacao, coconut and dates to Flaxseed and cashew-nut deliciousness, these bars are both gluten-free and vegan.

20150212_091341Our florentines are a decadent treat that celiacs and vegans, as well as those who don’t have to worry about ingredients, can all enjoy.

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.

20150212_091420Also on the menu in our ‘bakery’ department are vegan and gluten-free pasties.  Currently we make curry-flavoured varieties and lentil empanadas.

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.

By Martine Lillycrop

Science fiction author. I write about worlds that could be and worlds that never were. My books are full of action, adventure and suspense along with cool heroes and likeable villains. Join me on an adventure to worlds unseen, along paths untrodden.

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