Leeks, lettuce, lemon juice, lamb, loaves of bread and lovingly made mozzarella. An astonishing array of local food produced in a small, sustainable way was on sale at the first ever Dargle Local Market. Despite the weather, stall holders set up beautiful displays and shoppers arrived armed with baskets and bags to stock up on handmade cheese, broad beans, mixed greens, pickles, jams, milktart, gooseberries, tomato plants, compost, farm yard eggs (duck, quail and chicken), pumpkins, clivias, chickens, homemade muesli and natural yoghurt too!
Jennifer Willan who had driven from Howick, said “That was fabulous. So good to see real community spirit with local money staying in local pockets. This concept is totally repeatable. We enjoyed an excellent lunch of snap peas and I’m making pumpkin fritters for breakfast tomorrow. Thanks Dargle.”
Barend Booysen enjoyed bartering with friends and neighbours and Nobuhle Sokhela was thrilled to sell the abundant pumpkins which she had grown. Tony Stipcich was pleased to find lettuce with just the right flavour to serve with his planned prawn lunch and Pam Haynes delighted to stock up on some interesting climbing bean seeds for her permaculture garden.
Delectable Dargle fare will be shared with neighbours and visitors on the first Sunday morning of each month. The Dargle Dealer, which is open daily, stocks lots of local food including chickens, dairy produce, vegetables and cakes.
Nikki Brighton, initiator of the Dargle Local Living project said: “I believe everyone has the right to good, wholesome food, produced without harm. We need to think seriously about building resilience in our community if we are to mitigate some of the scary effects of Climate Change. Dargle Local Living is not just for ‘foodies’.”
Make sure not to miss the next Dargle Local Market on 6 November. Rosemary Downard commented after the last one “The Market was absolutely fabulous. It was so nice buying lovely fresh home-grown and home-made goodies produced right here in the Dargle and we had an absolute feast when we got home! Also great to see such support from everyone despite the awful weather.”
Call the market organiser Debbie Hayes on 082 8314092 for details.