The Balsham Community Market will focus on food stalls this year and hope to have a few more foodie stalls in the summer where the weather is a bit more clement.
The Balsham Community Market is loyally supported by the following farmers and food producers. Without them, we wouldn’t have a market!
The Radwinter Wild Game Company wild venison burgers and sausages, pigeon fillets, wild venison steaks and fillets, minced venison, diced venison and wild rabbit
Parkins Farm Butchers pork and beef sausages, burger patties
The Lamb Charcuterie Company flavoured Herwick lamb salami and chorizo
The Wild Flour Kitchen quiche, scotch eggs, pork pies, sausage rolls, meat and vegetarian pies, steak and kidney puddings
Spoonstruck artisan ice creams and sorbets
Jigsaw Bakery artisan sourdough, pain rustique and malthouse loaves
Hum-Closen cheese and natural , organic wines
Borakis Greek Foods olives, olive oil, stuffed peppers, goats and sheep cheese and yoghurt, mountain honey, spinach pie, baclava, hummus, etc
Nikki’s Homemade award winning jams, chutneys, marmalades, sweet vinegars
Chocs-Away/CB21 Cheesecake Company cheesecake, fudges and chocolate sweets
Jane’s Cupcakes cupcakes with seaonsal toppings, brownies and filled meringue cases
Plumbs Dairy wild bird food and accessories, coffee, tea, eggs, diary
Lord Conrad’s Brewery craft beer and cider brewed in Dry Draton
Weston Colville/Wickhambrook Honey seasonal honey
Café serving up delicious homemade cream teas, cakes, biscuits and other snacks. The café is run by different groups each month.
Below is more information about our stall holders.
Remember to love your market and do support local small businesses, the local economy and British farming.
The Radwinter Wild Game Company
Based at Radwinter Park, is a supplier of the highest quality wild game meats.
A comprehensive range of products, including Pigeon, Rabbit, Pheasant and traditional Venison Burgers, plus their very popular Sausages: Venison and Pork, Venison and Cider, Venison, Pork and Mushroom, Wild Poacher Sausage, Venison, Herbs and Garlic and their fantastic new Spiced Pigeon Sausage (a best seller!) not forgetting their ‘Gamekeeper’s Sausage’.
Wild, natural and free-range, game has a distinctive flavour of its own and is fast becoming an alternative to chicken, pork, lamb and beef. Wild game gives you the flavour that mass produced food doesn’t have, with the added benefit of lower fat and no chemicals pumped into it.
The Radwinter Wild Game Company is a regular at the Shelford Market on Saturdays.
Parkins Farm is a family run beef and arable farm tucked away in the heart of the Cambridgeshire/Essex countryside in Castle Camps. Parkins’ pride themselves on selecting and finishing animals specifically for their own butcher’s shop.
Oliver will bring to you his beef and thyme, beef and whole grain mustard sausages; pork and sage flavoured and traditional pork sausages along with pork chipolatas, pork and bacon burgers.
Follow Parkins Farm on Twitter.
The Lamb Charcuterie Company
The newly formed (February 2017) Lamb Charcuterie Company from Stoke by Clare are purveyors of quality Herdwick Lamb Charcuterie, producing Herdwick lamb salami and chorizo with lambs grassed in a stress free environment on the Essex/Suffolk boarder. The Herdwick sheep are native to the Lake District Fells and the most hardy of all of Britain’s breeds of hill sheep.
The Lamb Charcuterie Company are the only producers of Herdwick meat for charcuterie in England. They are not mass produced, factory farmed or force feed but are slowly matured for a minimum of two years. This allows the meat to have an amazing deep, rich flavour. Herdwick meat has long been renowned for its distinctive taste, texture and quality. Herdwick meat has also been proven by Bristol University to be high in omega 3 fatty acids.
There are many flavoured Herdwick salamis such as rosemary and garlic; lighly smoked mint; fennel and organeand the traditional cracked pepper.
You can also follow the Lamb Charcuterie Company on Instagram.
The WILD FLOUR Kitchen
Adrienne, owner and chef is one of the organisers of the Cambridge Food Assembly – which brings food producers together – is passionate providing food for all occassions and makes all her savoury delights and pre-cooked meals locally in Cardinals Green. Adrienne makes very tasty scotch eggs, apple and walnut sausage rolls, pork pies, steak and kidney puddings, meat and vegetarian pies with bags of flavour, extravagant Christmas puddings, luxury Christmas cakes and mincemeat plus much more using locally sourced free range ingredients. If you are a savoury person, then look no further than The WILD FLOUR Kitchen!
The WILD FLOUR Kitchen also will deliver home cooked food to your door in stylish oven to tablewear with easy to follow cooking and reheating instructions. Take the stress out of entertaining and get in touch with Adrienne to discuss your needs further. Please visit her website to view some sample menus.
Jigsaw Bakery, a member of the Real Bread Campaign, from Linton will be joining us from 2017. Matt Whitby owner of Jigsaw Bakery will be bringing his organic, sourdough loaves to the market from January. Jigsaw Bakery is a real bread bakery using organic flour with no additives, preservatives or flour ‘improvers’. You can also buy cakes, snacks and fresh coffee from his bakery in Linton.
Jigsaw isn’t open daily. Their opening hours are: Tuesday, Thursday and Friday 11am to 2pm. Saturday 11am to 2pm.
Hum-Closen sell natural and organic wines without unnecessary additives or chemicals and cheeses made using traditional practices with milk from small farms.
Suzannah also attends the Ely Markets, the Mill Road Winter Fair and the Thirsty Cambridge markets.
Award-winning Nikki’s Homemade is based in Burwell and makes all of her delicious homemade chutneys, jams, marmalades at home. She sells her preserves right across East Anglia, either served as part of the menu in local restaurants or sold as products in farms, markets and eateries. You can find her preserves in The Pantry in Newmarket.
Nikki has a great relationship with local suppliers and where she sources her strong, seasonable ingredients and traditional style products. Only the best ingredients are used and are carefully, ethically, and locally sourced where possible.
Nikki loves to experiment with unusual flavours to produce foods you will rarely find in the shops such as Seville Orange and Brandy Marmalade or Sloe Gin Juniper Jelly.
Nikki also makes special cakes for birthdays and events and is happy to receive cake commissions. Find out more on her website.
Borakis Greek Foods
Sample a bit of Crete in you your own home. Borakis Greek Foods, a small family business run by Yannis and Anne Borakis specialise in healthy natural foods that make up the Cretan diet. In Crete, they use a lot of olive oil and use it in cooking, not just salads, it is even used in their cakes and pastries as well as cooking chips! It is more than a cooking oil, it is a flavouring ingredient. This is the main reason why the Cretan diet is so healthy.
Yannis started importing his own olive oil from his father’s farm a barrel at a time and fairly soon friends who came to eat were asking if they could buy some. He then decided to have it bottled and imported to the UK.
His family has been farming for generations in the White mountains of North-Western Crete. After the success of the olive oil, he asked his uncle to send some of their traditional chesses. These are all produced from goat and sheep milk (no cows on Crete!) and hand-made according to traditional methods. Then Yannis asked his brother who keeps bees to send over Cretan Thyme honey which has a strong flavour and it is much prized in Greece and around the world. Yannis and Anne will also be selling their infamous spinach pies ‘Spanakopita’ made from their delicious sheep cheese, and all pastry is made according to a traditional recipe using their Extra Virgin Olive Oil.
Borakis Greek Foods attends a few farmers markets every weekend: Linton, Fowlmere, Impington and Shelford.
Chocs-Away/CB21 CheeseCake Company
Glynis of Chocs Away hand-makes all of her chocolates in between in her full time job here in Balsham using the finest ingredients. She has recently diversified into making mouthwatering cheesecakes under the name Cb21 Cheesecake Company.
Glynis also sells her chocolates and cheesecakes at Linton and Shelford Farmers Markets.
Jane’s Cupcakes Steeple Bumpstead
Cupcakes are brought to life by Jane Blackman in her kitchen in Steeple Bumsptead. Jane was formerly A Directors Chef in The City until the arrival of her two boys forced her into early retirement!
Jane’s cupcakes and large celebration cakes are all homemade and hand-iced, using only the very loveliest of things including free range eggs and Belgian chocolate curls. Jane’s Cupcakes make a beautifully different type of gift, whether to just say thank you, or for a special occasion, or even to prove just how fashionable and clever you are to give cupcakes.
Jane will also receive commissions to make celebration cakes for that special occassion. Visit her website for more details.
Plumbs Dairy celebrated its 60th Anniversary back in 2012. They have been serving the community with high quality dairy produce since Henry Plumb, started his first round back in 1952.
Today, Plumb’s carry on Henry’s simple vision of supplying fresh local milk and produce, without fuss, to local people.
Traditional values mean you’ll always benefit from great customer service offered by reliable milkmen. Plumbs don’t exploit dairy farmers as the supermarkets have been accused of doing, we support a fair deal for farmers. We are also environmentally friendly, each glass bottle is re-used 20-30 times before being turned into a new glass milk bottle.
Plumbs Dairy will be bringing along their milk, milk products, fruit juices, plus much more.
SpoonStruck (Returns in September 2018)
Artisanal natural ice creams and sorbets scooped in our own handmade waffle cones or in containers for you to enjoy at home. Classic flavours as well as those that satisfy the more adventurous and discerning palate seeking something more unusual. Different flavours each market.
Globally inspired. Responsibly sourced. Passionately crafted.
Lord Conrad’s Brewery
Manor House farm in Dry Drayton had a brewhouse many years ago so it was felt it would be good putting that tradional skill back into a beautiful village. Replacing a piece of lost history.
In 2011 the brewery set up in an converted dairy/pig farm building and at the same time drew inspiration from Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall a talented writer, broadcaster and campaigner, who is widely known for his uncompromising commitment to seasonal, ethically produced food and has earned a huge following through his River Cottage TV series and books.
My ultimate goal was to source as much as we could from our doorstep, so that every brew has a piece of local produce within. Like Honey from Over, and Hops from Swavesey. Local lavender and herbs.
With every brew I hope we have pushed your taste buds to limit.
Weston Colville/Wickhambrook Honey
One of our local beekeepers will be at the November market selling honey from hives kept at Weston Colville and Wickhambrook.
Andrew, the beekeeper, says:
Our honey is “Raw Honey”, which means that it has been is removed from the hives and kept at hive temperature before extraction from the comb. It is only lightly strained before being bottled.
It is not filtered, heat treated or pasteurised. It retains all its natural goodness.
This year, unlike last year, has been a good year for honey and we have had a surplus that we have been able to remove from the hives but we always ensure that the bees have more than sufficient food to see them through winter. Sales of honey in a good year helps us keep and feed our bees in a poor year, so by buying local honey you are helping the bees around you.
If you wish to enquire about becoming a stall holder please apply here.