Wednesday, October 08, 2014

Home Grown Harvest at the Farmers Market

Members of Saltburn Allotment Association will be bringing the first of the Autumn harvest to their regular stall at Saltburn's Farmers Market this weekend with all profits being ploughed straight back into the town’s allotment community.

Sue Featherstone of Saltburn Allotment Association said: “We’re starting to feel a tinge of autumn in the air, so we’ll be making some hearty autumn allotment soup from vegetables grown right here in town. It’s perfect for warming up these crispier autumn days."

“We’ll also be bringing plenty of pumpkins – great with Halloween just around the corner – plus a really tasty harvest of tomatoes, chillies, curly kale, chard, onions, apples, pears, and some gorgeous autumn fruit preserves and jams made by allotment holders."

“All the profits from our stall go straight back into our work at the allotments,” said Sue. “That includes helping to maintain our communal gardening equipment, and developing a ‘Grow and Learn’ horticulture training project, part of which sees us growing vegetables right in the town centre’s Secret Square – literally just yards from the market itself."

“Everything on our stall is picked fresh from the allotments on the morning and brought straight to the Market – it doesn’t really get any fresher or any more local than that!”

The market features more than 35 stalls including locally produced sausages, meat and game; freshly baked artisan bread and handmade cheese. It takes place on Saturday October 11th 9am-3pm and is based just outside Saltburn Railway Station.

Thursday, October 02, 2014

Saltburn’s Book Corner bags book signings to support national campaign.

The Book Corner in Saltburn is celebrating the national ‘Books Are My Bag’ campaign by welcoming best-selling author Jen Campbell for a meet and greet and book signing on Monday 6th October, at 7pm, and local crime writer Jennie Finch visits for a signing on Saturday 11th October, from 11am to 12.30pm. There is also a chance for shop visitors to take away an exclusive ‘Books Are My Bag’ bag designed by award-winning British artist, Tracey Emin.

Jen Campbell will visit the independent bookshop, which opened in May, to meet local residents and sign copies of The Bookshop Book, which features bookshops from around the world. It is the official publication of the Books Are My Bag campaign.

Saturday 11th October is the campaign’s Big Bookshop Parties Day, so Jennie Finch will be at Book Corner to sign her latest book, The Moth Man. To celebrate, visitors will also have the chance to take away one of the exclusive Tracey Emin bags.

Launched in 2013, Books Are My Bag is a collaboration between publishers, bookshops and authors to promote bookshops, as high street chains and independent book stores still account for almost 40% of books bought by consumers.

Tracey Emin is the latest figure to back the campaign, saying that books and bookshops were fundamental education for her and was saddened that there weren’t enough bookshops on the high street.

Says Book Corner owner, Saltburn resident Jenna Warren: “I am wholeheartedly behind the Books Are My Bag campaign. Bookshops, particularly independent stores, provide a fantastic service at the heart of their local communities so this national campaign is a fantastic way to promote them as the place to go, not just for books, but for recommendations, education and expert advice.

“I am so pleased that Jen has chosen Book Corner as one of the shops she is visiting, and it’s great that we have also secured a local author to showcase the writing talent we have in the area. I would urge as many people as possible to come and meet Jen and Jennie – and perhaps take away an exclusive Tracey Emin bag!”

For further information on Book Corner, contact Jenna Warren t: 01287 348010, e: or visit

October 6th:

A chance to meet bestselling author Jen Campbell. Jen is the author of 'Weird Things Customers Say in Bookshops', and she will be signing copies of her new non-fiction book, 'The Bookshop Book', which is a celebration of bookshops all over the world.

Copies of 'The Bookshop Book' will be available to buy at Book Corner on the evening. Complimentary refreshments will also be available.

(Please note that due to the small size of the shop, this is not a seated event and you do not need a ticket - just turn up. You can drop in at anytime between 7pm and 8.30pm).

All welcome!