• November Newsletter

    Posted On 6 Nov 2014 by Kings Norton

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    November Newsletter

    ARK Game

    Selling fresh food in season has only one drawback- The producer isn’t there all year! ARK Game is one such. He’s had venison, woodpigeon and he rears his own guinea fowl which is an interesting change. You should try it. After a few months, he’s gone again. Catch him while you can.

    Parking

    Don’t forget to pay if you park at the Bull or the Navigation. It’s a pound.

    Market Newcomers

    We’ve got a really big market again on Saturday including Happy Gut, a pro-biotic yogurt producer. Wine, beer, bread, cakes, fruit, veg, meat, poultry, game, pies…. We’re like an open air department store and you can get a great coffee and hot food too.

    Christmas switch on Market on 27thNovember

    We’re a CIC. I’ve banged on about this before but here I go again. No-one gets paid. The difference between what we get from producers and what we pay out to rent stalls, close the road and pay for the market licence and the booze licence is used to support local good causes.

    This year, we’re partnering the cash strapped local authority and paying £1,500 towards the Christmas tree and lights on the Green. The paperwork is incredible, health and safety, a manual on what happens in the event of an incident, timings for the Mayor’s visit, where he parks the Jag, where Santa parks his sleigh (I’m not kidding here!), where the marching band, well; march. Plus organising a lighting tower and shelter in the event of rain. We’ve been organising this since February and there’s still stuff to do. Everybody on the committee has played a part but the real mainstay of this has been Elizabeth. Elizabeth is so mad on Christmas that she actually looks forward to snow. I KNOW it’s going to be great.

    Alan (El Gordo) Johnson

    SEE YOU SATURDAY 11th October!

    Buy a Bag!

    Bring a Friend!

    Put a note in your diary for 27th November!

     
  • Growing Project

    Posted On 10 May 2014 by Kings Norton

    At our May Market we were pleased to be able to launch our Growing Project. This is a school based project with Kings Norton Primary School, where we fund some salad plants and equipment for the school and the children grow the plants. It's a cross curricular activity, being spread over science, literacy, etc. Eventually the children will sell their produce at the market and the money raised goes back into the school to enable the project to continue. Therefore Growing! If any other school wants to get involved please contact us.

     
  • January 2014

    Posted On 1 Jan 2014 by Kings Norton

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    January Newsletter

    Floods

    Birmingham has been pretty lucky with floods but we're pretty high up. We get the rain, we get ALL the rain, but we only really get a flood if the drains get blocked up with leaves. Some of our producers come from more low lying areas. It never fails to amaze me though that they still get through. One year, we had a terrific snowstorm for the January market. The only lane to one producer's farm was blocked to a depth of 6 feet! Still, they got someone from an adjacent farm to pull their van through with a tractor and they were one of only 8 producers who made it, and on time. We thought we were martyrs for setting the thing up in sub zero temperatures. We don't know what hard work is by comparison.

     

    Pubs and Parking

    Don't know what the forecast is for Saturday but if you do get cold shopping at the market, you could warm up over a pint of well kept ale at one of our fabulous (and warm!) pubs on the Green, the Bull and the Navvy. Both offer free parking as usual.

     

    Exotica

    Did you know that the nation's favourite exotic fruit is the persimon? Never tasted one myself but apparently they've muscled kiwi fruit out of 1st place. This next bit makes me sound like a little Englander but I assure you I'm not. We don't sell persimons (is that even the plural?) We don't sell kiwi fruit although they apparently can be grown under glass in England, we don't even sell bananas. We sell our own superb apples. There are thousands of varieties grown here. We sell nuts, rhubarb, anything in season. As for vegetables, we have wonderful veg even at this time of the year. Honestly, try some fresh stuff that hasn't spent time in the cargo hold of a 747. You'll be glad you did.

     

    I've been Poorly

    For a good year now, I've been suffering from gallstones. I couldn't eat fat or cheese. I especially missed cheese. I had the little devils out in December but my recovery hasn't been straightforward (You'll get some idea if you've seen the exorcist). I'm getting better every day. I hope to be at the February (Valentine) market and I've already written a love letter to all the cheeses sold by Curds and Whey.

    Alan (El (not so) Gordo) Johnson

    SEE YOU SATURDAY 11th January!

     

    Buy a Bag!

    Wrap up Warm!

     
  • September 2013

    Posted On 1 Sep 2013 by Kings Norton

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    September Newsletter  

    100 Markets

    Eight years and 100 Markets. Cold mornings getting the generators out and started, taking down the Market notices and no parking signs and setting out the banners. But eight years of friendly faces and waggy tailed dogs. Fresh veg and delicious cheese, great coffee and sausage sandwiches.

     

    Thousands of pounds to charities and good causes and the reciprocal good nature of the traders on the Green (see ‘Parking’) A hundred ‘community stalls’ The chance to get your message across whether you’re a scout or a friend of Brandwood Cemetery or run guide dogs for disabled people.  

     

    Meeting with the very best of people- The people of Birmingham, my home for 61 years!

     

    Old Friends and New Friends

    Squisito are back as are all the usual producers. Bake aren’t with us due to illness in the family. Our thoughts and best wishes go to them.

     

    The Changing Nature of Farmers Markets.

    We’ve always sold fresh fruit and vegetables, meat, seasonally game, eggs, poultry, cheese and bread. We are a strict FARMA market. We abide by their rules on food production. Proportion of local ingredients and added value, traceability and food miles are real issues for us. We’ve seen the gradual increase of prepared food and hot food over the last few years. People cook less and eat more prepared food. In the USA, a conversational gambit is ‘do you cook?’ and they mean do you cook AT ALL or just eat out? I think we’re going the same way. Markets devoted solely to ‘street food’ are springing up and perhaps we‘re tending towards that direction. What do you think? Reply via the website, Twitter or Facebook. We want to know.

     

    100th Market Celebration

    We’ve got lots of stuff for kids; circus skills &c. The Mayor and other councillors with the MP. Music from kids bands, freebies and producers old and new. You’ll be able to tell your grandchildren that you were there. Or you could just bring them along!

     

    Parking

    Don't forget that we've negotiated free parking at the Bull and the Navigation. Their generous offers of a combined 100 or so parking places means market goers won't clog up the roads on the Green which is congested on the quietest days. Last market was marred by the presence of no less than three parked cars. We’ve got a licence to hold the market and we’ve got permission to close the road (which we have to pay loadsa money for!) There is a fine of up to £1,000 if people DO park on the road but how to enforce it? The police are convinced it’s the council’s job but the council only have a fixed number of ‘parking enforcement officers’ (used to be parking wardens) After last market, we’ve had to get onto the council via the local councillors and the engineers’ department and we’ve been promised enforcement and tow away. So, hopefully, those who find it difficult to read ‘NO PARKING’ will get a £1,000 reading lesson and the fun of retrieving their cars from a compound.

     

    Food Bank

    As a continuation of our efforts, we have a collection point for food for Cotteridge food bank. It’s on our community stall which is usually in the middle of the market. (It might be a gazebo this month). Tinned food or dry food in packets only please. Handling, storage and distribution of fresh food is not viable yet.

     

    Alan (El Gordo) Johnson

    SEE YOU SATURDAY 14th September!

    Buy a Bag!

     
  • August 2013 #2

    Posted On 8 Aug 2013 by Kings Norton

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    August Newsletter # 2 

    Holiday Time

    I’m not going to use the ‘S’ word because last year we were promised a barbecue ‘S’ and look what happened. All I’m saying on the subject is ‘so far, so good’. It’s been pretty nice for families with kids though as they get to play outside, get a bit of vitamin D and don’t hang around all day getting under their mom’s feet. What used to spoil the ‘S’ holidays for me when I was a kid was that Woolworths and WH Smith used to be advertising ‘Back to School’ on the first weekend after we’d broken up!

     

    100th Market

    Kings Norton Farmers’ Market is 100 markets old in September. We're having extra planning meetings to prepare a fantastic day. Put a note in your diary for the 14th September. It's got lots of stuff for kids; balloons, circus skills &c. The Mayor and other councillors with the MP. Music from kids bands, freebies and producers old and new. Look out for Halfpenny Green, award winning wine producers. Let's hope the weather holds up.

     

    Parking

    Don't forget that we've negotiated free parking at the Bull and the Navigation. They're both huge car parks and their generous offers of a combined 100 or so parking places means market goers won't clog up the roads on the Green which is congested on the quietest days!

     

    Old Friends and New Friends

    Beez Neez is back. As is Bake and Angelica’s herbs. Bombay Tapas can’t make it for this market after all but we hope to welcome them to our October market

     

    Food Bank

    Our July good cause was Cotteridge food bank. As a continuation of our efforts, we have a collection point for food for it. It’s on our community stall which is usually in the middle of the market. (It might be a gazebo this month). Tinned food or dry food in packets only please. Handling, storage and distribution of fresh food is not viable yet.

     

    Alan (El Gordo) Johnson

    SEE YOU SATURDAY 10th August!

    Buy a Bag!

     
  • March Newsletter

    Posted On 3 Mar 2013 by Kings Norton

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    Tagged Red Nose, market, mothers day

    Mothers' Day Market

    Sun on yer back #2

    You know by now that I ramble a bit. I'm 60, get over it! I was saying last month that during February 2012, THE first warm day happened. We had to wait 'til 2nd March this year but to a scaly old lizard like me, the effect was magical. This year, I've had gallstones, 'flu and bronchitis but that bit of sunshine, that bit of warmth was the promise of better health to me.

     Survey Market

    You know the clicker and survey last time? The results are out. On a cold, windy dank day footfall was down to 950. We have 3 times that on Summer markets.For transport, of the twenty odd surveyed about a half came on foot, a couple on bikes and the rest drove here. Parking remains a problem but there is a glimmer of light on the horizon. Interestingly, on the local shops part, about a half of them only visited the shops when they came to the market. The other half, presumably, were those locals who walked to the market and regularly shopped on the Green. They are great shops. Shop local, you know it makes sense.

    Mothers' Day and Red Nose Day.

    Obviously there's going to be fabulous chocolate, cakes, plants and food at the market. All of these make great Mothers' day gifts. There's a quiz to do too. fill it in, hand it in with a quid and you could win a major* prize.

    FARMA Awards

    Runners up Farma finalists but we got to meet Hugh Fearnley Whittingstall.

    Alan (El Gordo) Johnson

    SEE YOU SATURDAY 9th March!

    Buy a Bag!

    * We're toying with a bag but, if there are enough entrants, there might be something in it! C'mon, what did you expect? a fortnight for two in the Bahamas? It's for charity!

     

    The Kings Norton Farmers’ Market Great Spring Quiz

     

    It’s Comic Relief Day AND Mother’s Day and we’ve thought of a great way to milk you of money for the Comic Relief effort. It’s £1 to play.

     

    There are only 21 questions and, what with the internet, it’s going to be easy to get them all right. For this reason, marks will be given for style as well as accuracy. If you can’t get it right, at least make it FUNNY!

    Famous Moms

    1. What Greek goddess is the personification of Mother Earth?

     

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    2. Who was Liza Minelli’s famous mom?

     

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    3. In the language of flowers, which flower symbolises a mother’s love?

     

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    4. In ‘Mrs Brown’s Boys’, what is the real life relationship of Mrs Brown and her neighbour Winnie?

     

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    5. In which TV film was the song ‘Your mother should know’?

     

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    6. What was the real life relationship between Old Mother Riley and her on-screen daughter?

     

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    7. We know Mary was Jesus’ mom, but who was her mom? (Jesus’ grandma).

     

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    8. In WW2, Germany was referred to as the ‘Fatherland’ but which country’s troops fought for the ‘Motherland’?

     

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    9. Who starred in the TV sitcom ‘Some mothers do ‘ave ‘em’?

     

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    10. Who played ‘Lofty’ in ‘It ain’t ‘alf hot mom’ and released the hit single ‘Whispering Grass’?

     

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     Comedy

    1. What risque comic was known ‘the Cheeky Chappie’?

     

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    2. Frankie Howerd’s career was revived when he appeared on which 1960’s satirical show?

     

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    3. Which comedian sang ‘The Bee Song’?

     

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    4. Which comic habitually wore a fez?

     

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    5. Which stand up comedian from Friday Night Live has written fifteen books and two plays?

     

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    6. His mom and dad were communists. Who wore a pork pie hat as he asked his friend John if he’s ‘gotta new motor’?

     

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    7. A lifelong Fulham fan, whose catchphrase was ‘you lucky people’?

     

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    8. Hugh Paddick and Kenneth Williams spoke polari on ‘Round the Horne’ as which camp characters?

     

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    8a.Translate this often used polari phrase: ‘Bona to vada your dolly old eke’

     

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    9. Famous for his bulging eyes, which star of several Mel Brookes movies wrote comedy scripts with Barry Took?

     

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    10. Appearing at the Alex next Saturday, which wild haired comic always appears in an Hawaiian shirt?

     

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  • Farmers Market of the Year Award 2013

    Posted On 12 Feb 2013 by Kings Norton

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  • Christmas Market!

    Posted On 23 Sep 2012 by Kings Norton

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    HOT OFF THE PRESS!  This year Kings Norton Farmers Market are having a proper Community Christmas Market.  It will be held on the Green - usual place - on the evening of 20th Decmber from 6-9pm.  There will be our usual producers, Fr Christmas, Lights, silly hatsand lots more.PUT THE DATE IN YOUR DIARY NOW!

     
  • WE GO GLOBAL!

    Posted On 13 Jan 2012 by Kings Norton

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    As some of you know, Birmingham was numbered 19th in the New York Times as a place to visit in 2012 - out of 45.

    They said it was becoming THE foodie place to be.

    Whilst investigating this I did some clicking and this appeared. Praise indeed!

    http://www.facebook.com/l.php?u=http%3A%2F%2Ftravel.nytimes.com%2Ftravel%2Fguides%2Feurope%2Fbritain%2Fengland%2Fbirmingham%2Fattractions.html&h=4AQExTSYo

     
  • Twitter

    Posted On 13 Nov 2011 by Kings Norton

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    HOORAY!

    Our twitter account is now up and running. For those that like this kind of thing, try @KingsNortonFarm and come follow!

     
 

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