For the past 14 years the Midsomer Norton Farmers’ Market has been held on the first Saturday of the month at Hollies Gardens 9am-1pm. The market has earned a reputation of being both popular and friendly. However, this coming Saturday 4th November, sees a big step forward for the market with new stallholders, new produce as well as a brand new sponsor backing the event.
The new sponsor to the town’s Farmers’ Market is local law firm Thatcher + Hallam LLP.
One of the organisers of the event is Somerset Farmers’ Market’s Louise Hall.
‘We are delighted that Thatcher + Hallam has chosen to support Somerset Farmers’ Market, says Louise. ‘Not only are they supporting us here in Midsomer Norton, but also with our markets at Keynsham and the Frome Cheese & Grain. We are really looking forward to a successful future partnership enabling our markets to continue to thrive and expand, supporting not only many small local farmers and food businesses but also providing the centre of our town with a vibrant local food shopping experience.’
‘It is hard to believe that Thatcher & Hallam has been established in Midsomer Norton for nearly 250 years and over the centuries has developed a strong identity as being a part of and serving the local community,’ adds Louise. ‘What impressed us as part of their commitment to the local community, is that the firm has now held a free weekly legal surgery for over 30 years, advising well over 10,000 local residents. We all felt at home with this sort of strong local focus from our sponsor.’
The link that brought the Farmers’ Market and Thatcher + Hallam together is solicitor Sarah Gratton. Prior to becoming a partner and Head of Business at the law practice, Sarah also ran her own business called Deersleap Chillies which used to operate at the Midsomer Norton Farmers’ Market.
‘With my previous personal links, I am especially pleased that my firm has chosen to support such an excellent community-based organisation such as the Somerset Farmers’ Markets,’ says Sarah. ‘Now as a buyer, I look forward to my regular monthly visit to the market at Hollies Gardens!’
The market is already home to many great stalls such as the Teeny Greeny Urban Farm, the award-winning Somerset Cheese Company and Brown Cow Organics, considered by many celebrity chefs to be supplying some of the best beef in the country. Seafoods are one of the most renowned family-run fishmongers in the South West, attracting a huge following for their freshly caught fish. With a new pork stall and local free range eggs, preserves, baked goods and pies the market is growing each month. In December the market welcomes the Norton Radstock Silver Band.
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