Cotswold life for foodies
As the self-proclaimed foodie of the family I’m always on the look-out for the tastiest, freshest and most exclusive ingredients. I simply enjoy experimenting with recipes and mixing and matching artisan products to spoil my friends and family.
Whilst I can’t claim to be the best home cook in the Cotswold’s, I do believe in using the freshest, seasonal produce I can find locally and this has always served me well.
If you live in the Cotswold’s you probably have a local farmers’ market near you. Most major towns do and some villages have a WI country market run by the Women’s Institute.
Farmers’ markets are great places to pick up fresh, local produce. They generally offer outstanding food, grown, produced or reared locally, usually organically and for exceptional value.
Most stallholders are more than happy to share with you the background of their products and they are really passionate about what they do.
There are many smaller producers whose artisan specialities can only be bought in local markets, giving the foodie shopper the opportunity to discover something quite unique and exclusive.
If you live in Gloucestershire or the wider Cotswold’s, I would be surprised if you haven’t heard of the award winning Stroud Farmers’ Market? If you haven’t, well you have a real treat just waiting to be discovered.
Every Saturday between 9.00am – 2.00pm the town centre becomes a bustling hub of colourful local produce, sold by enthusiastic stallholders.
The market has its own café with seating and various other stalls selling delicious ready-to-eat food. The different aromas are intoxicating and mouth-watering and it attracts a huge diversity of people.
You may even bump into artistic genius Damien Hurst who is restoring the nearby Toddington Manor or Cath Kidson, both are regulars at the market.
In my humble opinion it’s very clear to see why the market has won so many awards.
It was one of the first farmers’ markets in the country and is well managed and highly regarded by all who work, shop and socialise within it, week after week.
Another great market worth checking out is Moreton-in-Marsh which is held every Tuesday and is probably the largest market in the whole of Gloucestershire.
Farmers’ markets have revolutionised food shopping for thousands of people and in the Cotswold’s they are a great way of sampling the abundance of local produce.
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