Our first sunny day in Marlborough, we made the most of it.
With a trip into the township of Marlborough and more specifically to the Farmers Market. As you might have gathered from previous writings on our food shopping, we do enjoy supporting local markets. We enjoy the interaction with the grower or producer, it’s a fun way to know local food and where it comes from. Not forgetting it can be fresher and the availability of niche foods not found at larger establishments.
One drawback with small markets can be the price, as with small markets or niche products they are on the higher side, and not everyone can afford to do their shopping via this way. Another factor is time, which many people don’t seem to have much spare time. This, of course, is not a problem for us as we do have the time to enjoy and mull over what we would like to try and then buy.
Concerning the price, you can imagine our delight when the day we frequented the Saturday market there was a considerable amount of cheese on sale. Well, this made us more than agreeable to support the local cheesemaker and the UK economy with purchasing more than what was required for two people supposedly watching their weight!
It really was no surprise to us that we had brought way too much cheese. We simply love cheese. Other food groups needed attention and of course to accompany said bulk cheese purchase, next came bags of vegetables and fruit then the smell of fresh sourdough bread was too much to ignore.
Finally, we dragged ourselves away from yet another stall as it was time to go. As we wandered off with our bags of goodies, the big question was what were we going to do with our big horde of cheese? How creative could we get when it came to recipes utilising cheese?
On the subject of food, we finally indulged in some delicious fish and chips, as we were spoilt with a meal at a local pub famously renowned for its Fish and Chips. How could we resist? The pub in question is the Bakers Arms.
Now back to our sunny Saturday morning.
Just down the road was the Town Hall, a slightly noticeable building when we first set our eyes on the central shopping area. As well as the Farmers Market we managed to visit the Craft and Gift market that was on in the Town Hall. Well timed on our part. Without a second thought, we were in the town hall to check out what was on offer. We were in luck as a few stall holders captured our attention.
Holly Whittaker, a Wildlife and Landscape Artist, who creates the most amazing pictures, was our first stop. You won’t be able to resist her artwork, it is stunning.
The second stall was about the Wiltshire Wildlife Trust and the work they do. We were greeted by a somewhat happy looking chap, asking if we liked wildlife. Our answer to that question was yes. In quick procession came the next question, “Which one?”. The Squire in a playful mood, replied, “A dog”. The smile returned. Then the stallholder exclaimed that he couldn’t grasp our accent, the Squire told him we were New Zealanders, to which he replied, “You have all our brown hedgehogs!”, “Excuse me?”, the Squire muttered. “What can I say, your ancestors brought them out to control the slugs and snails” he replied. With a smile from the young chap, he answered, “They are nearly extinct here”. Of course, the extinction is mainly due to the destroying of their habitat.
Want to know more?
Check out: Wiltshire Wildlife Trust
This encounter at the market and further reading, lead me to find another website worth a view is: Tiggy Winkles – a hospital for wildlife in Britain.
Another stall that was more for me than the Squire was a lovely couple selling face and hand creams, all homemade, which made the purchase even more enticing. I can never have enough aromatic face and hand creams.
A list of markets she will be attending is on here: Marthas Garden Skincare
Then came a quick visit to the supermarket for odds and sods that were not sold at the market. It is not easy entering a new supermarket without spending a ridiculous amount of time perusing food aisles. With arms full of goodies it was time to head back to Bess and Molly and a walk around a section of a vast 100-acre field. Though being ladies of a more mature status, our walks aren’t too long though just enough to tire them out plus get that daily constitutional task out of the way.
Back to home base, it was now time for a cuppa to mull over how many combinations we could enjoy with all that cheese we bought at the market! We may have to share it!
Or perhaps a cheese sandwich in our picnic while we wander over the countryside to visit Avebury Stone Circle?