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Devon is well known for its incredible food and drink, and you will find the Devon food markets simply bursting at the seams with a bounty of goodness from its magnificent larder, with 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 then showcase their mouth-watering local produce at various Devon farmers markets. With a wonderful range of events 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, please find below a selection of Devon farmers markets that are too good be missed.
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Celebrate the love of food by taking a trip to Totnes Sunday Food 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 West Country together in the very heart of Totnes, at the Civil Hall Square. Totnes has always hosted a food market, which is getting bigger and better as each year passes, with local producers providing hearty food that tantilises the taste buds. From intricate patisserie treats to hearty wholesome pies, this popular market hosts something for everyone. The town of Totnes is the perfect place to spend the day, with so many activities on offer from browsing boutique independent stores to exploring the English Heritage owned Totnes Castle – be sure to read through our guide on things to do in Totnes for more inspiration.
Voted the ‘best farmers market in the South West’ you will find Tavistock Farmers Market the perfect treasure trove of local food and drinks, and also various indoor and outdoor plants – as you would expect, the produce is always seasonal. Situated in the centre of the bustling historic market town, you’re just a short walk away from everything else the town has to offer. The Tavistock Farmers Market is the perfect pitstop for picking up a sumptuous picnic, if you are planning on doing one of the many Dartmoor walks and Dartmoor day trips the national park has to offer.
Exeter Farmers Market is the ultimate foodie hotspot and the perfect blend of quality farm produce with contemporary city chic. It is a vibrant and enjoyable place to purchase and meet producers, who sell an array of organic meats, fish, preserves, vegetables, cakes, bread and pies, chocolate brownies and even honey gifts from Dartmoor bees – it really is a hive of all things tasty! Located at the Fore St / South Street Junction, the market runs from 9am to 2pm every Thursday, and from here, you can also explore all that Exeter has to offer. Whether you’ve planned a wholesome home-cooked meal for a special occasion or you simply wish to pick up a few supplies, looking around the food stools at Exeter Farmers Market 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.
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 mouth-watering 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, and be sure to check their regularly updated Facebook page for the full lowdown. Should you want to venture further afield afterward, read our guide on things to do in South Devon for ideas and inspiration.
One of the longest running weekly farmers markets in Devon, the Buckfastleigh Farmers Market is small and perfectly formed, with a strong emphasis on local produce that includes plenty of choice, from organic beef, lamb, mutton and veal to honey, free range eggs, Brixham sourced fish, butter and cheeses. As if that wasn’t enough, you will also find an array of delicious marmalades, jams, cordials and even Aloe Vera products – for a small market it certainly packs a punch with regard to its offering! Located at the Globe Inn car park it takes place every Thursday between 10am – 1pm. Our top advice is check the Farmers Market in advance of visiting to double check times and location, because sometimes this can alter slightly, and you don’t want to be disappointed, especially if you have rumbling tums.
Since its humble beginnings in 1828, Dartmouth Old Market has evolved to become an intriguing emporium of local cuisine and intricate gifts. What was once a traditional market scene where local farmers gathered with baskets of food carried on the backs of their ponies, now, over 190 years later, the same local farms are still bringing fantastic organic produce to the table, albeit by a slightly different means of transport.
Boasting some of the very best of the well regarded Dartmouth food larder, you will find yourself picking up pet food, plants, household goods, jewellery and so much more, it’s a great place for a proper potter. A variety of markets take place in the square, so for regular updates regarding what’s on in The Old Market Square, visit the Dartmouth Market and Market Square Facebook page. There are so many things to do in Dartmouth, it really is the perfect place to spend a day, or even better, an extended food loving break!
Held every second Saturday of the month from 10am – 2pm on The Lawn in Dawlish, the Dawlish Farmers Market is a local affair where passionate producers provide local produce including fresh meat, fish, homemade cakes and preserves, cheeses, pies, ales and much more.
This popular market takes place on the 1st and 3rd Saturday of the month, in Union Square, from 8.30am – 1pm. Providing local produce, fresh meat and game (when available), fresh fish, homemade cakes, preserves, cheeses and pies it is the perfect foodie escape – check their Facebook page for regular updates. What’s more, there is plenty to do in the town of Bovey Tracey, most notably their extensive playpark and National Trust walk at Parke that skims the edge of Dartmoor – perfect for burning off those couple of extra brownies you may have unashamedly indulged in.
The Teignmouth Farmers Market was initially set up as a healthy way to support the community, and it was so successful that it still continues to this day, and is held on the last Saturday of every month. Boasting great food and drink, all of which has been sourced within thirty miles of Teignmouth, a wealth of farmers and producers bring their own fresh grown, baked, raised, caught, brewed, smoked or processed produce, the results of which are simply magical. Whilst browsing the local produce, you can also enjoy live musical entertainment which really adds a big dose of old fashioned fun, so bring your basket, fill it with local goodies and feed your soul as well as your belly. They have a very active Teignmouth Farmers Market Facebook page, which is well worth a follow to keep up to date with all food related developments.
Once a thriving town and shipbuilding centre, the town of Topsham still retains its maritime heritage, however this modestly blended with a vibrant, cosmopolitan atmosphere, creating the perfect environment for a thriving community market. The Topsham Community Market runs weekly, from 8.30am till 1pm every Saturday, within which you will find a good mix of food stalls selling produce such as olives, meat, fresh bread, croissants, and cheese. Additionally, you will find a varied range of antiques, clothes, jewellery and craft stalls. Admission is free, the market is centrally located to the town, and best of all, there is a public car park next door so you don’t have to walk too far when your bags are jam-packed with goodies.
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