Book signing at Orton Farmers’ market, meeting up with some foodie friends… and singing alpacas!

December 10th, 2012

On Saturday Smoky Jo met up with old friends and new as she signed copies of “Smoking Food at Home with Smoky Jo“.  We look forward to seeing some of them next year here at Shap.  The stall next to her was was being run by Hospice at Home volunteers; we came away with Christmas cards, a cooking rack (for our smokers) and a garlic/cherry stoner.  We share the volunteers enthusiasm for Hospice at Home Carlisle and North Lakeland; palliative care at home would simply not be available in the area without this wonderful charity.

Jo was  taking her place behind a stall at Orton Farmers’ Market for the first time since we sold The Old Smokehouse in 2004  (although  Jo also ran the market for a while before handing the reins over to Leanne.  Just as well, I am not sure Jo would have looked quite so good as a Christmas Elf!)

It was good to catch up with Dianne Halliday from Country Fare, whose mince pies are light as a feather so you can eat extra… We also saw David Knipe, chicken, duck, goose and egg farmer who can now be found by Heartwood – that’s the heart-shaped woodland visible to the east of the M6 as you drive through the Howgills, south of junction 38.  Stewart Lambert from Kitridding (great farm shop and cafe!) chose to be a “pig in a blanket” for the day – though whether that was for marketing his beef, lamb and pork or just to keep warm, who knows…

Finally… the festive atmosphere was created by Appleby in Westmorland Town Band with traditional renditions of carols… accompanied by a rather musical alpaca… I made a movie



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