Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Trust Backing Gives Boost for Local Food; Award-Winning Fare on Offer at Gibside Larder

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Trust Backing Gives Boost for Local Food; Award-Winning Fare on Offer at Gibside Larder

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Byline: By Jane Hall

THE Journal's campaign to get people buying, using and eating more North-East produce has been given a welcome boost with the news the National Trust is to open a new food shop in the region.

The Gibside Larder near Rowlands Gill will offer local residents and visitors alike the chance to buy some of the North-East's finest award-winning foods.

The aim of the venture is to support National Trust tenant farmers regionally as well as local food producers.

The Larder, which is set to open on February 9, is the second such endeavour for the Trust in this area.

Wallington Farm Shop in Northumberland opened in 2002 in the wake of the foot-and-mouth crisis with the aim of supporting the immediate rural economy.

A first at that time for the National Trust, the farm shop quickly proved a success not only with visitors to the magnificent 18th Century Palladian mansion near Cambo, but with locals who have thrown their longterm buying power behind the business.

The Larder, which will open seven a days a week, will offer award-winning beef and lamb reared on the Trust's nearby Wallington Estate, as well as local, seasonal fruit and vegetables, including organically grown 18th-Century varieties from Gibside's walled garden.

Also new for 2008 will be Gibside Community Farmers' Markets. One Saturday a month, local farmers will be coming together to sell their wares at the 18th Century landscape estate.

The markets will provide the chance to buy and learn about locally grown and reared food direct from the farmers, as well as being a fun day out for the family. One stall will even be a play shop for children where they can learn more about local produce.

The first event is planned for February 16.

The Trust is also celebrating the news that Wallington Farm Shop has scooped two gold awards for their home cured and sweet dry cured bacon from the British Pig Executive (BPEX).

All the bacon sold at Wallington in cured on the estate for seven days before being air dried in refrigerators for a further week.

Meanwhile, The National Trust has thrown its weight behind The Journal Taste North East England Campaign launched earlier this week by being one of the first to sign up to our food charter. …

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