The St Ives Farmers Market is held every Thursday at the Guildhall St Ives in the hall on the right hand side of the main building from 9.30 am till 2pm.
The aim is to showcase some of the local producers (within a 30 mile radius). It has a very relaxed welcoming setting where you can come and browse, listen to the buskers, stop and sit down for some food and a drink at the café.
Being about local producers, the main offerings are food and drink and the stalls can vary slightly from week to week. Things on offer when I was there included fruit and veg, cakes, pastries, bread, olives, cheese, fresh fish, honey, vegetarian and vegan specialities. There are also other things to enjoy from prints, framed pictures and there is a large array of plants and flowers for sale lining the long entrance to the hall.
The stall holders are a friendly bunch and are more than happy to tell you the tale of their produce. I had a lovely time chatting to quite a few of them and actually found their stories of giving things a go quite inspiring.
Here is a little bit about a few stall holders I spoke to...
The Bosparva Bakery are a bakery based in Leedstown near Hayle. They make a wonderful array of artisan breads, buttery croissants and delicious looking (and I believe tasting) cakes. Astonishingly, the bakery was set up in 2013 by Jordan Jones at the ridiculously young age of 18! 2 years later she now runs from a purpose built bakery making over 50 types of sweet and savory breads and a wide range of cakes and delicate french macaroons.
I'm a HUGE olive fan and not surprisingly this is one of my favourite stalls at the farmers' market.
Oliver's Olives are based in Perranporth and they prepare their olives in small batches using their own marinades and recipes. This makes their olives super juicy, fresh and VERY tasty.
Smoked cheese is one of the most heavenly things. The Cornish Smokehouse really does make the best. I have actually travelled some distance just to buy some of their smoked goats cheese - it is one of those things that I get a real craving for!
They sell a fabulous range of local cheeses, from brie to yarg and everything in between!
Oh my word. Ruby Junes Indian food is beyond gorgeous! We often have her beetroot bhajis - either from St Ives Farmers' Market, or The Allotment Deli on Fore Street.
All of the food is freshly prepared in Ruby's kitchen in St Ives. It is so fresh and light, I could eat her food all day every day!
Nature's Treats sell a mouthwatering range of sweet things, suitable for Vegans. They are dairy, gluten, palm oil and refined sugar free.
Their raw chocolate brownies are sensational. You get a real hit of chocolate whilst still managing to be light. I'd like to think they are extremely healthy to eat, but I have a feeling that too many would not be good for the waistline!
They sell a superb array of fresh, local fish. Weather permitting, their fish is caught and landed from small inshore boats in Porthleven and Coverack. When the weather is not so good, they do stock up with fish bought at local auction.
Made from the crystal clear waters off the Lizard Peninsular. Cornish Sea Salt is the tastier and healthier alternative to traditional table salt.
We always have a lovely pot of this on the go at home.
My St Ives Farmers Market Lunch Haul!
For more information about St Ives Farmers' Market and their full range of stall holders, click on their website here.
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