Wiltshire Farmers’ Markets Association run monthly markets across the county where local people can buy local food and drink direct from producers.
The Association has around 60 producer-members selling at the markets which vary in size and character. Expect to find a good selection of seasonal vegetables, meats, cheeses, preserves, cakes and bread and, increasingly, cider and beers. Also look out for: rapeseed oil and natural skin care with new products appearing all the time such as fish and locally produced charcuterie e.g. salamis, air dried ham and chorizo.
The aim is to give farmers, growers, foragers and makers a reliable outlet for their goods and, importantly, more control over the price in relation to the cost of production.
There are lots of benefits for the consumer too. The markets have a great atmosphere and the producers are always ready to talk about what they do, to explain about production methods, where the products comes from and what makes them special.
Shopping at the farmers market can turn the chore of the weekly shopping trip into a pleasure.
There are some excellent cider makers and microbreweries in Wiltshire. We have a master brewer in our family and we all enjoy sampling new beers and ciders.
Sue Thomson Wiltshire Farmers’ Markets Association
1st Saturday of every month, 9.00am-1.00pm
Every Wednesday, 9.00am-2.00pm
ROYAL WOOTTON BASSETT
4th Saturday, 9.00am-1.00pm
1st & 3rd Friday, 9.00am-1.00pm
BRADFORD ON AVON
Last Sunday, 10.30am to 2.00pm
It’s so pleasant to just sit and watch the countryside roll by. I love the white hedgerows in the spring and bluebells just beyond Salisbury, the sunsets across the rolling hills, even the driving rain and menacing storm clouds. I always look out for the colourful barges on the canal towards Limpley Stoke and the Loch Ness monster somewhere between Westbury and Warminster, I think, but the not quite knowing is part of the fun and it moved locations sometimes.
Combine real ale with live music on a Monday night at the Two Pigs in Corsham, always a bit of a squash when busy but that just adds to the friendliness of the place. If your ears can take it you can get up close to the band, or if you prefer a bit more muted the bar extends quite a way back so you can almost set the volume.
For a real evening treat try The Potting Shed. They grow a lot of the vegetables and herbs used in their dishes and serve a good pint of Timothy Taylors landlord beer. As well as specials on the menu they often have seasonal or creative drink offerings as well.