I've been going to the market on and off for years and I must say it is not my favorite. I forget I don't really care for it after a while and go back because it sounds like a fun Saturday AM activity. Last weekend I spent 3x the amount I usually spent on my supermarket shop but didn't have 3x the flavours. And you know what? I am very ok with not knowing the name of my cow or the nicknames of my veggies.
There used to be an awesome butcher who'd kill one cow a wee and drove around the home counties selling it- he made it worth going. Unfortunately, he has since been replaced by pompous mushroom man. PMM's mushroom's are not that delicious (or rather, not 3 times more delicious at 3 times the price) and am pretty sure was what made me throw my dinner up midmeal.
Salad man on the backside of PMM is good, but his veg tend to be wilted in the heat.
I do like the tomato people and Chegwell's veggy stall as well as the rival opposite. BTW Chegwell's farmshop is just 2 secs away from the market.
Also available are an assortment of expensive vacuum packed meat sellers and some fishy smelling fish sellers. Might I remind you that Lidgate's and the Goldbourn fishery is quite close to the market so you don't have to pay expensive prices for suspect vacuum packed meats.
Stall owners are much nicer than Portobello Market stall owners and if you plan to go, you need to go early- by 10:30ish otherwise all the good stuff is GONE!
[And yes- I am suggesting you just go to the shops above instead of walking through a piss-stinking passageway to a carpark and pretend to care about farmers and be totally middle-class about your weekly shop.]
This is a really lovely little farmers market with lots of interesting produce like juice from Chegworth farm, fresh flowers, amazing cheeses along with meat and poultry. The only killer for me are the opening hours - finishing at 1pm is a bit of a killer, I am barely awake by that time on a Saturday (slack I know). Also, if you do get there 12 to 1ish you are likely to find that all the meat has gone or something similar.
I am a big fan of Farmers' Markets. This one is nice and has a good selection of fresh produce like cheese, and organic products.
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