At the end of March last year, lil’sis & I headed down to Cornwall for the most glorious four day long weekend. It was really warm, properly hot on some days, which is frankly hard to comprehend, given that the mercury has fallen to below zero in most of the British Isles tonight, and it’s snowing above the Watford Gap.
One of my favourite parts of the trip was the two nights we spent at Watergate Bay: we stayed at The Village, a group of lovely self-catering apartments with views over the sea and, on the Saturday, spent a large chunk of the day drooling over the produce (pics below) at the annual Fifteen* Spring Farmers’ Market, a hop and a skip down towards the beach. The market is happening again next Saturday (the 16th), so do head over if you can. You won’t regret it.
The market is held in a marquee in a car park in Watergate Bay, with all sorts of demonstrations and talks from local producers and food people. Fifteen’s Head Chef Andy Appleton will be demonstrating Slow Roasted Spring Lamb with Wild Garlic, and both Nathan Outlaw from the eponymous restaurant, and Tom Hunter, the Head Chef from one of my favourite restaurants in the area at The Scarlet Hotel just up the road in Mawgan Porth, are on the schedule too. There’s also the pasta making workshop that I did last year. (Full programme here).
You’d be forgiven for thinking that Cornish produce was all about Clotted Cream (although, of course, there was lots of that on offer), but there is so, so much more to the produce of the South-West than that.
There’s Treleaven’s ice cream made from clotted cream for a start.
And fish…gleaming silver sardines from the previous day’s catch for 50p a pop.
And tea from Tregothnan, the UK’s only commercial tea plantation, cured meats from Deli Farm Charcuterie, local vegetables (I tasted a tomato that danced across my tongue), and Kernow chocolate.
And wonderful bread, cakes, and patisserie from Stein’s.
There were jams and jellies,
and glorious ciders and pressed apple juices from Cornish Orchards.
And more ice cream. (If you travel anywhere with my sister, then ice cream will *always* feature heavily.
The Fifteen Cornwall Spring Farmers’ Market sponsored by cornishfoodmarket.co.uk takes place in the Extreme Academy car park, in front of the restaurant at Watergate Bay 9am – 3:30pm and is free to attend. You can find out more about next Saturday’s Spring Farmers’ Market at the Fifteen Cornwall page here.
*Fifteen Cornwall is part of a global social enterprise, founded by Jamie Oliver with a clear mission – empower those who deserve a second chance in life. Its aim is to inspire people through food, whether it’s the apprentice chefs in their kitchen or the diners in their restaurant.