If there is one thing I love, it's a Farmer's Market and luckily, here in the Cotswolds we have many. Yet there is a particular award-winning and, (what is known as) one of the best and busiest farmer's markets in the UK. It's a real favourite of mine - take a tour with me around Stroud Farmer's Market.
It is well worth a visit whether you are a local or touring around the Cotswolds.
We have my father in law staying with us this week.
Having travelled over from Canada, as soon as he landed on our doorstep we knew what he'd want for dinner - a good and spicy curry! This morning however he was looking for food that felt a bit more "local" and English (he wanted a taste of home), so only a Farmer's Market would suffice to satisfy that craving. So we headed out to Stroud Farmer's Market, one of my favourite places to mooch around on a Saturday morning.
(yeah, I noticed this guy looks bored - who could be that unhappy around bread)?
There were two things that I definitely had to buy - a good stinky cheese, and the perfect basket for shopping and bringing in my own home grown produce from the vegetable patch. (Just so you know, you can never have too many baskets. #basketlove is a real thing). But first, let's do the healthy stuff.
*(just ignore my fascination with all the bread, mmkay...)
If there is one sure-fire way to my husband's heart, it is with a chocolate brownie. Seriously, we stood at this stall for about 10 minutes while he ummed and ahhed over which flavour to choose. I'm sure he'd have wanted them all but I'm not keen on promoting pre-diabetes so he was only allowed a couple - to share.
Suffice to say, having stolen a bite - it was well worth the wait for his mind to be made up.
My personal achilles heel at a Farmer's Market is cheese. Give me all the cheese, please. I came home with a Brinkworth Blue and some Mini Baronet. Perfect for a Ploughman's lunch.
Some days I fancy myself as a bit of a reportage photographer (though I'm too shy to go through with it). I just loved this lady cooking up a storm with a baby on her hip. Some might balk at the risk, but I love to see Mama's just "getting on with it". You just can't grill with kid gloves on.
Oh, and I got my basket. It was one of those purchases my husband thinks are totally unnecessary, but when you find THE PERFECT weathered vintage basket, you just have to buy it. It's the law. He said I could have it (I had to borrow from his wallet - budget blown on cheese you see), but only IF I skipped away from the stall. Having no shame, I skipped. I'm frightened at the thought of just how far I'll go for a basket. #justtryme
There are some rather random parts of the market, with people selling old watch straps and some questionable "witchy" potions, but overall, even just for the food and vintage brocante it is well worth a visit to Stroud Farmers Market for a perfect Saturday morning top-up of all the things that make life joyful. Bread, cheese, cake, locally grown vegetables and cheese. Did I say cheese?
Opening times are usually 9am - 2pm every Saturday, and further information for the market can be found here on the Fresh N Local website.
If you see me there buried under old baskets and ripe cheese, just walk on by, I'm quite happy, swear!