CORNWALL ON A PLATE
PUBLISHED: 10:41 26 April 2016 | UPDATED: 12:41 30 August 2017
Rediscover the joys of shopping again with a trip to one of Cornwall's incredible farmers' markets
Turn your food miles into food metres and head to your local farmers’ market for a veritable feast of locally grown, sourced and made food and drink, writes Alexandra Hurley
It began with a simple idea. Farmers who wanted a fair price for their products cut out the middle man and began offering their wares direct to shoppers. Shoppers responded with enthusiasm – buying direct meant getting a great deal on their weekly shop, supporting their farmers and taking home some fresh locally-grown produce. Fast forward a few years and those single stalls have developed a hundred-fold into markets that boast everything you need on your plate, from flavourful and fresh seasonal veg to organically reared meats and fruits to make your own pudding.
Wynne Jones of Sennen Market Committee, the organisers behind Sennen Farmers’ Market – winner of the Cornwall Life Food and Drink Award for Best Farmers’ Market in 2014 – reveals the secret of a successful market. It is all about the community. More and more farmers’ markets are starting up and they are hugely important to strengthening a community,’ she explains. Sennen Market is a very friendly market and often people will meet and greet shoppers at the door. And with the addition of our community café and charity-run bookstall, we now have people coming just to trade their books and using the café as a meeting point every week.’
Not just a vibrant foodie display, Sennen Farmers’ Market has become a successful community event. The weekly market runs every Tuesday from 9am until 2pm at Sennen Community Centre (facebook.com/sennenmarket).
Farmers’ markets provide a great opportunity to reconnect with food and local farmers, so we’ve rounded up our top five - excluding Sennen Farmers’ Market - which showcase some of the very best locally -grown and reared products Cornwall has to offer.
Helston Farmers’ Market
Established in 2008 with 13 local producers, Helston Farmers’ Market has grown to be the largest of its kind in Cornwall with more than 40 local producers. Almost all of the seasonal produce has been raised, grown or made within a 20 mile radius of Helston, with producers selling everything from cider to sushi, cakes to curries and sausages to fish.
First Saturday of every month from 9.30am–1pm at the Old Cattle Market in Helston
Truro Farmers’ Market
A central foodie hub, Truro’s market is an experience for all the senses, with freshly basked bread and smoked foods, a rainbow of preserves and delicately light cakes and scones. The defining green and striped stalls have become as much a part of the fabric of Truro as the local residents themselves.
Weekly markets on Wednesday and Saturday from 9am-4pm, plus every Tuesday from 9am-2pm at The Moor in Falmouth
St Ives Farmers’ Market
Awarded the Taste of the West Silver Award 2015, St Ives Farmers’ Market is operated by a community group called GULP – Great-tasting Unbeatable Local Produce. Highlights include Earl Grey and Apricot Bread from The Bosparva Bakery, Marmite and Cheese Brioche from Cathy’s Homity Pies and Brioche, and freshly-filled samosas from Ruby June – The Indian Kitchen.
Every Thursday from 9.30am – 2pm at The Guildhall, Street an Pol
Bude Farmers’ and Craft Market
Set up by Neville Wharf of Wharf Woodcraft six years ago to help attract trade to the newly re-built wharf, the market has since become extremely popular with locals and visitors alike. Stock up on cheeses, homemade salads, artisan bread, chutneys, meat and pies, cakes and honey, before stopping in one of the lovely eateries along Bude Canal.
Runs weekly from Friday 25 March, 10am-3pm until the last Friday in September at the Green on the Lower Wharf budefarmersandcraftmarket.co.uk
Camborne Produce Market
Camborne used to have a market years ago but the arrival of the supermarkets sadly lead to its demise. Now, as food markets make their revival, Camborne Produce Market has been given new life and unites the community over a love of local produce. The market also offers fix it’ stalls which repair broken items, sharpen tools, plus other useful services.
Every Friday from 9am-3pm at Commercial Square, Trelowarren Street