For more than 90 years a network of about 300 Country Markets across England, Wales and the Channel Islands has been selling homemade baked goods, preserves, garden-grown fruit and vegetables, plants and handmade crafts.
Visitors to these markets can buy a variety of produce; almost anything local and seasonal that can be produced in a domestic kitchen or garden. These Country Markets are held weekly in a variety of venues in cities, towns and villages. In Hertfordshire you can find these “traditional treasures” in St Albans, Berkhampstead, Hatfield, Harpenden, Hertford, Royston, Kings Langley, Sawbridgeworth and Ware.
I had the pleasure of meeting a very talented baker, Niki at Ware’s Country market. For years she had been complimented by family and friends about her home baking. Inspired by her grandmother, Niki enjoyed experimenting with recipes and perfecting family favourites. Her background was in food manufacturing, having worked in the food industry for a number of years. Once her son was established in secondary education she decided to share her baking talent.
She makes a large range of biscuits and tray bakes and is always on the lookout for something new but does favour traditional recipes and flavour combinations. She also makes a few gluten free products.
Niki sells her products locally through food fairs, carnivals, markets and other public events. She also provides unique gifts for special occasions and will deliver to both business and private customers. For more information, you can contact Niki on www.nikishomemadebiscuits.co.uk.
For more information on Country Markets which has been part of the “Making Local Food Work Project” focusing on promoting community enterprise as a solution to local food needs; Their aim is to reconnect consumers to the land by increasing access to fresh, healthy local food. www.country-markets.co.uk