I love the Riverside Farmers Market, but this one is bigger, and is therefore in some ways better. More product, quite naturally, leads to greater customer satisfaction does it not? The good thing is that the Roath Market is run by the same people that bring us the Riverside Farmers market, which means that a fair number of the traders set up stall at both. RCMA, the people who co-ordinate the markets, are a not for profit organisation that are committed to providing a source of healthy, affordable and tasty food for the residents of Cardiff and surrounding areas. They also aim to promote a positive image of Riverside and Roath, and to contribute to the economic regeneration of these areas. Ultimately they also aspire to help support and promote the health and sustainability of Welsh agriculture by providing an outlet for small local producers.
RCMA is an independent Social Enterprise whose community food projects are funded from a range of sources including Environment Wales, the Tudor Trust and Voluntary Action Cardiff. They are tasked with delivering a range of healthy eating projects based in the local community. These include the Community Garden and Community Food Coordinator
In addition, a new ten acre Market Garden is being created 8 miles from Cardiff to make more fresh food available to the local community. The first crop of produce will be available soon. (I .have feeling that the Market Garden is located at Coed Hills near St Hilary, a place where I used to work).
The site will produce a wide range of organic vegetables, with an additional focus on salad stuffs, herbs and soft fruit.
RCMA are loking for volunteers. If you are interested in helping run the market, or can offer support of any kind, please contact Steve Garrett on 02920 190036 or 07814 770450
The little sister of the more widely known Riverside Market, you'll find the Roath Real Food Market two blocks back from Albany Road, opposite The Gate.
And what a little find it is too. If you love funny-shaped vegetables with the mud still on them, if you love the idea of eating wild boar or pheasant, if you love the idea of Indian food for breakfast, if you love beautifully presented and tasting coffee (for £1.50 a cup), if you love great big lumps of homemade bread, if you love bottled-conditioned beers from microbreweries (£2 a bottle from the Untapped Brewing Company stand) or if you love fresh and authentic falafel, then this should be your destination on a Saturday morning.
Yeah, there are one too many people sporting flat caps or dreadlocks or letting little Tarquin run around instead of taking them to get his hair cut, but it's worth it for the quality produce and more than reasonable prices available here.
This is the little sister of the Riverside Market and happens every Saturday between 9.30am and 1pm.
Its a bit out of the way but easy enough to find from City Road.
It has something for everyone, I find there's slightly fewer stalls here but its equally as busy. As ever with farmers markets I buy more cheese than I can really eat and give lots away. Good fresh meat selection and beautiful bread too.
Nice to have a place to sit down and have a cup of tea while you take in the atmosphere. Its is open pretty earlier but its not a bad way to start the weekend and you can buy everything you need for the best cooked breakfast on Sunday mornings!
Roath Farmers' Market, sometimes also referred to as Roath Real Food Market, is a great little weekly market that springs up every Saturday morning from 9.30am until 1pm in front of Mackintosh Sports Club (on Keppoch Street, near Albany Road and City Road).
Scattered across the club's car park there are a good range of stalls - although a few less than you'll find at the sister market in Riverside on Sunday afternoons (a far more civilized time to hold a weekend market, I think!).
You can pick up aritsan cheeses, locally grown fruit and vegetables, freshly baked bread and sweet treats such as Welsh cakes, as well as locally produced meat. You can spot a few other finds, too, such as homemade pies, locally brewed beers, prepared Indian food, and organic coffee beans (plus good take away lattes and cappuccinos!).
It's not as big as Riverside's market (just across the river Taff from the Millennium Stadium), but it does seem to be growing - and if you live locally it's well worth a visit.
This is a cute little farmers market right in the centre of one of the main urban areas of Cardiff. It makes a real change to the hustle and bustle of the kebab shops, fast food outlets and supermarket chains of City Road.
There is pretty much something for everyone, with loads of fresh organic veg - cheaper by the pound and with no plastic packaging - organic and slightly more unusual meats and cheeses and even some plants and seeds for those who want to grow there own. I will warn you though, don't get carried away - we ended up with more veg than any couple could possibly need!
If you don't need the shopping in, it is still worth a look for some of the lovely food on offer. The Crepes are amazing and the burgers look juicy!
Despite living round the corner, I really do wish it went further into the afternoon as we rarely manage to get it together on time on a lazy Saturday morning!
The Roath Real Food Market aims for a mix of fresh, Welsh and organic food, all raised, grown or made by the stallholders themselves, along with some tasty ready to eat home-made food from some of the diverse cultures in Cardiff. It started up in March 2008, and has been an instant success, with an average of 20-30 stallholders every week. There's abundant parking, a Fair Trade tea and coffee bar, and the MacKintosh Sports Club bar is open for other liquid refreshments.
On offer are bread and cakes, fish and meat, flowers and fruit & veg, farmhouse cheeses and Welsh malt whisky. This week there was an organic pet food stall! (Trophy Pet Foods). Ethnic foods were represented by an Egyptian stallholder selling home-made salads and Mediterranean delicacies, and an Indian who offered any 10 items for £5 - his bhajis were the size of cannonballs. The Slade Organic Farm marketed itself particularly well; located in the Vale of Glamorgan, it also organises Farm Visits and Nature Trail walks.
Young Welsh mountain lamb is at its best right now
(with loads of rain to keep the grass growing!) and there's plenty on offer. Other things to tempt you: fresh Welsh Sewin, local mussels, home-baked focaccia, marinaded olives, tomatoes and peppers, minted lamb sausages, Glamorgan Sausages (veggie), bunches of fresh herbs such as Basil. Not cheap, but guaranteed top drawer , with some good bargains to be had - go and enjoy!
The Roath Food Market on a Saturday morning is sister market to Sunday morning's ever popular Riverside Market and though it isn't as big or as well-established, it's still fantastic. I popped along recently with £15 in my pocket, a vague sense of excitement and no real ideas of what i wanted and came away with the following wierd mix:
Garlic and Chilli Cheese (£2) - gorgeous
Farmhouse Chedder (£2) - I'll be buying this again
Bottle of Classic Bitter from Monmouthshire Brewery (£2)
Bag of 4 scones and a tub of cream (£2.40 ish)
Pot of Plum Jam (£1.30 ish)
Handful of carrots and spuds, all organic (£1.30)
I went home and cooked a lovely roast lamb dinner and the spuds and carrots were beautiful.
The stall holders are all incredibly friendly and hearty (I loved the cheese guy!) and you can have a good old natter with most of them. The stalls selling meat and fish all look incredible, especially the fish one (O.M.G., the prawns looked INCREDIBLE!) and next time I visit, i'll make sure i take more money!
As mentioned previously the Roath branch of the farmers market is the sister to Riverside's sunday market.
Excellent quality fresh produce with succulent treats to tempt every palate.
A little off the beaten track but not difficult to find as the busy City Road is nearby. Parking can be troublesome in this area as it's residents only so might be worth walking or taking the number 8 or 9 bus to City Rd and it's down a side street from there.
Definitely worth checking out!
A Saturday morning/lunchtime Mecca for foodies and ethical shoppers alike, this bustling but compact outdoor market is chock full of goodies you won't find in the high street shops or supermarkets. A little more relaxed than its Sunday counterpart in Riverside due to an enclosed car park location, locally sourced cheese, meat and vegetable stalls are regular highlights. You'll pay a premium for the produce on the whole, although the affordable Indian food breakfast stall is stuff of legend. The small tearoom in the adjacent sports club has a distinctly elderly blue rinse feel, but for anybody who wants to afford the stalls more than a casual once-over, it allows a leisurely start to your weekend.
At the start of the summer, I was lucky enough to stumble across the Roath Farmers' Market on the way into town. Excited to have accidentally made it to such a delightful local event, I took my time meandering around the stalls.
There was plenty to look at. As I'm a self-confessed olive addict, the deli stall left me mesmerised for a little too long. The fresh vegetables on offer at the other side of the car park were big enough to wow any country fair prize-winner. A van selling freshly fried Indian snacks made me forget the hearty breakfast I'd had only minutes earlier.
But it was the table adorned with honey-related products that really got my attention. For about ten minutes or so, I chatted to Tim the Bee-keeper. The stories he tells are amazing; like the insects themselves, the subject of bees really seems to be inexhaustible.
Unwilling to carry pots of honey around town, I made a mental note to return to the Nature's Little Helpers stand the next time I was in Cardiff on a Saturday morning. Unfortunately, commitments seemed to conspire against me and it wasn't until mid-August that I could return.
Needless to say, it was with a great sense of anticipation that I leapt out of bed on that Saturday. My slightly bewildered best friend described that my movements that morning could only be described using the expression, 'making a bee-line'. Tim, thanks for putting so much meaning into my Saturdays in Roath.
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This is a great little market, and a lovely pplace to strole around on a weekend morning on the way to cash genorator and the charity shops on city road. makes a saturday morning complete. it has various stalls selling food form welsh cakes cooked there, to indian lamb sish kababs, pies, cheeses, and vegiterian foods. The only thing i could say about it, is that the area is a bit small, and there are not many stalls there, making the visit fairly brief. I would love to see things like this get larger and larger, but where it is means that it couldnt get much bigger. Apart from that its great, there should be more markets like this! Back to how it used to be.
Still good and expanding - now new coffee stall selling Guatamalan and other organic beans plus take away espressos, lattes etc. Also Dare Ales microbrewery stall selling all sorts of lovely beer.
Roath Real Food Market sells a good range of organic meats that are locally produced and very little packaging. The food is vey good quality.
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