Every 1st Saturday of the month Creake Abbey plays host to an award winning Farmers market. Usually about 50 market stalls with some top quality local produce from homemade granola and jam to the very best quality meat and vegetables.
Now as someone with a selection of food intolerances it is sometimes quite frustrating when all the tasty things seem to contain gluten etc. Fortunately for me, things are a changing!
At the north Norfolk farmers market we now have two homemade cake, savoury’s and muffin stalls.
Glu-10-3 which sells a large selection of gluten and dairy muffins,cakes, sweet and savoury pies chocolate brownies and now even childrens homemade gluten free play dough.
Michelle is the owner and is coming up with new ideas all the time. I’m always excited to try new products. This time my family and I tried the large slices of pecan pie. warmed and served with cream . They were perfection, and rated 10/10 by the family. Michelle’s chocolate brownies seem to be one of her best sellers, certainly loved by me and my gluten eating family!
The other stall is new to Creak Abbey WoWmuffins run by Karen who I met for the first time on saturday. Her stall had an array of gluten free and some dairy free large and tiny muffins with flavours including cappuccino, blueberry, lime coconut ,chocolate and a special lemon meringue.
I took a selection home to try with the help of my parents and husband we devoured them with a cup of tea when we got home. The muffins were lovely and light in texture and not overly sweet. I had chosen the muffinettes which are a great option if you are trying to cut down on too much sugar, as they are just a tiny treat as long as you only have one! I think the muffins had quite subtle flavours, I would particularly like the chocolate muffin to be a stronger flavour but that is just my opinion. But would definitely buy them again.
No farmers market in Norfolk would be complete without a good free range pork stall. Now the special thing about The FruitPig company is the products are gluten free and lactose free which is clearly marked on the packaging.
On saturday I choose the black pudding some bacon and a pork loin wrapped in pancetta and stuffed with sausage all gluten free. We certainly ate well for the next few days. I have never tasted better bacon and it was a real treat to have black pudding. The loin was enjoyed for sunday lunch. Only taking 1/2 hour to cook it makes a great option. The meat was very tender and was awarded a 10/10 by the entire family.
Matt is the owner and is on hand to give advice on cooking times etc You can usually find his stall in the barn. well worth seeking him out.
The market has many other stalls. There is a good butcher called Sam Papworth. I have bought some very good beef and lamb from him, naturally gluten free.
There is a traditional vinegar and fruit vinegar stall whose products are labeled gluten free too.
This farmers market is well worth a visit for the gluten eaters amongst you too. Delicious looking breads, Pork pies fromBrays cottage which I hear are the best ever, homemade baked goods, and curry stall to name but a few.
The market opens at 9.30 and closes at 1pm so its well worth getting there early as it is very popular with both locals and holiday makers.
It will continue to be one of our must do’s on the north Norfolk coast at the weekend.
Hope you will enjoy it too, just save me some gluten free cake!