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Devon’s magnificent larder provides an array of fantastic seasonal goodies, from delicious staple products such as quality meats and fresh fish, to wild rock samphire found growing around the coastline. These tasty ingredients are what local foragers and farmers gather in abundance, and in their mouth-watering local produce displayed at Devon’s farmers markets.
With a wonderful range of farmers markets that run every month throughout the year, you can be sure that no matter when you visit the area, you can always enjoy the delicious treats of the land.
So, in no particular order, let’s take a read of 5 of the best Devon farmers markets:
Kingsbridge Farmers Market takes place in the town square, on every first and third Saturday of the month, from 9am to 1pm. Showcasing colourful fruit and vegetables, tasty homemade bakes, delicious cheeses, herbs and spices, as well as a mouthwatering selection of meats and fish, Kingsbridge Farmers’ Market is a cornucopia of luscious foods. Enjoy strolling through this wonderful market, where the delicious scent of seasonal produce inspires you to cook something full of flavour later.
Since it’s humble beginnings in 1828, Dartmouth Old Market has evolved to an intriguing emporium of local cuisine and intricate gifts. Once the traditional market scene where local farmers gathered with baskets of food brought in on the back of ponies, over 190 years later, the same local farms still bring fantastic organic produce.
Not only boasting some of the best of Devon’s larder, you will find yourself picking up pet food, plants, household goods, jewellery and so much more!
A variety of markets take place in the square, so click here to find out what’s on in The Old Market Square by visiting the Dartmouth Market and Market Square Facebook page.
Celebrate the love of food by taking a trip to Totnes Good Food Sunday Market. This vibrant affair is held on the third Sunday of every month from 10am to 3pm, bringing some of the best food from the Westcountry together in the heart of Totnes, at Civil Hall Square. Now entering it’s ninth year, the market is getting bigger and better as each year passes, with local producers providing hearty food that excites the taste buds. From intricate patisserie treats to wholesome pies, this popular market hosts something for everyone!
Royal William Yard, Plymouth, is a beautiful Grade I listed ex-naval victualling yard, which has been brought back to life with trendy restaurants and popular workshops and activities, including the Royal William Yard Good Food Market. As seasons change, the setting of the event reflects the time of year, with an immersive programme for the whole family to enjoy. With previous appearances from Pennywell Farm, world famous circus acts, and Christmas carollers during the festive season, Royal William Yard is well-known for exciting food markets that appeals to all ages, whatever the weather!
Plymouth is rich in history, so once you’ve finished browsing at the market’s fresh local produce and the kiddies have been thoroughly entertained, enjoy walking along the waterfront to soak up historic tales of past times in an idyllic coastal city setting.
Exeter Farmers Market is a treasure trove of quality produce. Located at Fore St/South Street Junction, from 9am to 2pm every Thursday, you can expect to find a range of local produce to suit all taste buds. A foodie hotspot showcasing local meats, holiday treats, and honey gifts from Dartmoor bees, this really is a hive of all things tasty! Whether you’ve planned a wholesome home-cooked meal to cook for a special occasion on holiday, or you simply wish to explore further afield, looking around the charming food stools in Exeter will make for the perfect day out… just make sure you leave enough room in the car to fill the boot up with an abundance of delicious goodies.
Has your inner foodie got you craving more foodie days out and adventures during your South Devon stay? Click here to read our blog wild foraging in South Devon’s larder! Or, for cooler days, why not read our article roast heaven in south Devon: six of the best, for our favourite places to indulge in a warming roast lunch.