The foodie revolution has truly taken hold here in the UK. And some of the best places to sample the finest in Britain’s local produce are, of course, our farmers’ markets.
They are heaven for those of us who like to try new food and drink, and they are often also an opportunity to meet the producers themselves. The great news is that most of them are also easily accessible for those of us with different mobility needs. So, here is Quingo Scooters pick of the best accessible farmers’ markets in the UK.
1. Alexandra Palace Farmers’ Market, London
We love this one because it is so spacious – you almost feel like you’re making your way through a small village of stalls, rather than being crammed in with narrow gaps between them. Of course, that’s great news for mobility scooter users, as are the flat, level paths of Alexandra Palace park.
And the stalls themselves? Think the cream of the crop from the ‘garden of England’ itself – most of the fresh fruit and veg here has made just a short journey from the fields of nearby Kent. It’s on most Sundays – entry is near the Crouch End entrance of the park.
2. Uplands Market, Swansea
We head west next, to what we think is the best farmers’ market in Wales.
Uplands Market in Swansea is also the biggest indoor market in the principality, and is full of delicious local produce.
As well as high quality local fruit and veg, you’ll also find plenty of cheese and meats too – our tip is to try the local fish and seafood from the excellent Cardigan Bay Fish stall: always tasty, and always freshly caught. The market is accessible to all, monthly, and well worth a visit.
3. Orton Farmers’ Market, Cumbria
A farmers’ market that feels true to the whole ethos that drives these events – locally made and often organically grown produce, alongside artisan products made in small quantities.
The village of Orton itself is also lovely, and a tranquil setting for this bustling market. It is completely accessible to all, and has a good range of stalls. Pick up some veg from Cath at Bluebell Organics, or buy some delicious fell-reared lamb from Kitridding Farm’s stall.
If you’re looking for a special gift then there is also some beautiful handmade silver on sale here too. It’s held on the second Saturday of every month.
4. Edinburgh Farmers’ Market
We’re huge fans of Edinburgh anyway, and it is a great city for a few days’ getaway. But if you are heading to the Scottish capital then we recommend you time your visit for the first Saturday of the month so that you can enjoy this great farmers’ market.
This one has been around for a long time – pre-dating the current boom in farmers’ markets – and it’s no wonder it has been such a lasting success. The setting beneath Edinburgh Castle is stunning, for one.
But of course it is the quality of the produce that really stands out. Our personal favourite stall has to be the weird and wonderful Paper and Jam’s Scottish preserves – try their Rowan & Apple Jelly with a slice of your favourite cheese!
5. Stroud Fresh-n-Local Market, Gloucestershire
If you love cheese, you’ll love this farmers’ market in Stroud. Every Saturday you will find some of the very best local cheeses you’ve ever tasted – from the fresh and lemony ‘Jersey Curd’ to a slice of Gould’s cheddar.
But it’s not all about the cheese here – there’s also delicious fresh bread from the Salt Bakehouse, as well as some of the best honey we’ve ever tasted from The Painswick Beekeeper.
If you’re more into your arts and crafts then there are also plenty of beautiful pieces to browse by local makers. It’s also very accessible, with well-spaced out stalls and a level surface. Stroud itself is lovely too – a quiet, relaxed corner of the Cotswolds which is well worth exploring.
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