What Exeter lacks in size it makes up for in the quality of its local market. Though small and often muddy, the markets are a real weekend treat. I am probably preaching to the converted here – but I really cannot emphasise enough how valuable it is to buy directly from farmers and producers at an event like this. You are intelligent folk, you know the deal, you can figure out why. And if this is completely unchartered territory for you, well, just do it anyway. Here you will find delicious food because it is in season and it is fresh, and you will be able to interact and exchange directly with the real living breathing humans who have gathered and produced these things for you to enjoy. See the dots connecting?
There are a couple of produce stalls selling whatever fruit and vegetables they have growing – ranging from foraged pine and slippery jack mushrooms, to giant zucchinis, to ripe red rhubarb, to devastatingly sweet berries – anything and everything that is in season at the time. You can also pick up soy candles, Argentinian knitwear, potted herbs and succulents, young citrus trees and unusual varieties of pretty plants. Inside the hall is a cosy little café for a cup of tea and cake if you get a bit chilly, as well as a bakery stand, a book shop, a wall of vintage buttons and lace and a delightful fellow in a red cap selling delicious curds and chutneys from a suitcase. Arrive early, arm yourself with a take away coffee from the Exeter General Store across the way and treat any growling stomachs with a home baked melting moment, almond crescent or Portuguese tart from one of the market stalls.
When: First Saturday of the month
Where: Exeter Village Hall, 12-20 Exeter Road, Exeter