A guide to Devon’s farmers markets
There are so many reasons why people flock down to Devon on holiday each year, from surfing, coastline footpaths to moorland walks. Having experienced the best of what Devon has to offer, you’re likely to be slightly jaded and require something to recharge your family’s batteries, which is why we’ve put together a guide of another of Devon’s great attractions, its farmers markets.
With so much of our food coming from supermarkets modern society can often feel detached from our culinary heritage and customs. Farmers markets provide a great platform for food artisans to showcase some really tasty stuff. They are also a great way for holidaymakers to delve into local cultural traditions and reconnect with seasonal food that is produced locally and enjoyed at the source.
To help you along the way we’ve put together an interactive map, that way you’ll spend more time tasting and less time driving:
Budleigh Salterton Farmers Market
Pin Colour: Red
When: The last Friday of every month from 9am – 1pm
Location: Rolle Mews Car Park, Budleigh Salterton, EX9 6NG
Just down the road from Ladram Bay, the Budleigh Salterton farmers market has a wide selection of produce from Clinton Devon Estates, including a range of venison via the estates deer management program.
Exeter’s Farmers Market
Pin Colour: Yellow
When: Every Thursday 9am – 2pm
Location: Bedford Square, Exeter, EX1 1QA
Foodies keen on tasting the Westcountry’s best offerings can try and buy a wide range of food and drink at the Exeter Farmers Market. The market is in the heart of the city centre and provides a great setting as a food destination.
Visitors can browse a delicious range of meats from chicken, pork, lamb, venison, beef and fish, to organic fruit and vegetables, apple juice, preserves, bread, pies and cakes.
Local knowledge: Farmers markets provide a great place to talk directly to the people who know a lot about food and how it is made, even if you don’t buy you can still get tips to improve your home cooking!
Exmouth Farmers Market
Pin Colour: Pink
When: Second Wednesday of each month 9am – 1.30pm
Location: Strand Gardens, Exmouth, EX8 4NP
Exmouth Farmers Market is located in the recently redeveloped Strand Gardens right in the heart of Exmouth town centre. The market was started in 2003 and provides a great range produce from fish, meat, fruit, vegetables to dairy products and much more.
All product is of a fantastic standard with traceability at the heart of this, just ask the stallholders who have been directly involved in producing the goods on offer to their ever growing fan base.
Local knowledge: Do you keep animals yourself? Ask the producers about their organic and free-range conditions and see if you can pick up any tips to take home with you?
Honiton Farmers Market
Pin Colour: Light Green
When: Third Thursday of each month 9am – 1pm
Location: Lace Walk Car Park, Honiton, EX14 1LT
Honiton Farmers’ Market offers a very agricultural experience with local meats being brought straight from the farm. Other tasty goods on offer include fresh organic bread and vegetables. The market also has some specialist produce that include rare breed pork, venison and wild boar. For those less concerned about meat there are also a lovely range of local flowers, fruit and local honey’s to take home. Flowers, Herbs, Fruit and Honey.
Killerton House Farmers Market
Pin Colour: Orange
When: Third Saturday of each month March – October 10.30am – 2.30pm
Location: Killerton House, Broadclyst, EX5 3LE
Can you picture a better place to sample local farming produce than the grand setting of a beautiful National Trust country house? Nope, neither can we.
Don’t worry of your holiday doesn’t match up with the 5 suggestions above, here are a few other recommended farmers markets dotted around beautiful Devon.
Ashburton Farmers Market
Pin Colour: Navy Blue
When: 5 days a week Tuesday – Sunday – open all day
Location: Library end of the West St Car Park, Ashburton, TQ13 7QH
Barnstable Farmers Market
Pin Colour: Brown
When: Every Tuesday and Friday
Location: Pannier Market, Barnstaple, EX31 1SY
Dartmouth Farmers Market
Pin Colour: Lavender
When: Second Saturday of the month
Location: The Old Market, Dartmouth, TQ6 9QF
Paignton Farmers Market
Pin Colour: Light Grey
When: Held every first and third Wednesday of each month from 9.30am – 2.30pm
Location: Occombe Farm, Preston Down Road, TQ3 1RN
Greendale Farm Shop
Pin Colour: Dark Green
If you find there’s simply too much to do in Devon and can’t make it to a farmers market then be sure to try Greendale Farm Shop, it is open 7 days a week and is less than 20 mins from Ladram Bay. The shop has a tasty selection of meat, game, seafood, fruit and vegetables from trusted local producers – perfect for that first BBQ of 2015!