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Fresh, delicious and local There is a fabulously enticing variety of local produce available at farmers’ markets and farm shops in this area, and by adding it to your shopping list you can support our farmers, eat seasonally and reduce your food miles. Your taste buds will most certainly thank you, too. Katie Mitchell takes a closer look at what’s on offer. Photography by Elli Dean.

Farmers’ markets Market Harborough

At Market Harborough’s well-established monthly farmers’ market, held in The Square on the first Thursday of each month (8am–2pm), you can purchase fresh fruit and vegetables, locally sourced meats, vegan produce, flowers and plants, handmade pies and cakes, local cheeses and locally brewed beer. Once a month it also plays host to a new artisanal and street food event, where you can expect to find street food from around the world alongside hot, ready-to-eat, local produce. •

Farm shops Ashley Farm Shop

It’s not surprising that Ashley Farm Shop (Tuesday–Saturday 10am–6pm, Sunday 11am–4pm) was nominated last year in a regional competition for “Best Farm Shop” – it really is a little gem. It’s stocked with everything from delicious pastrami to home-made cakes and meringues to locally produced jams and chutneys. Saturday 30 September (10am–4.30pm) is the date for the next Ashley Farm Shop Artisan Food and Craft Fair. In addition to the farm shop fare, there’ll be Helen Buff Chocolate, Paula’s Pickles, Redlands goat cheese, The Roving Apothecary, Ganders Goats, Daisy Fawcett Pottery, Halfpenny Green Vineyards, Saxby Cider, English Spirit Distillery, Botterills and more. • Main Street, Ashley, Market Harborough LE16 8HG, 01858 565722,

Farndon Fields Farm Shop

This lovely farm shop (Monday–Saturday 8am–6pm, Sunday 10am–4pm), located on the way to East Farndon, is choc-a-block with the tastiest produce grown on the farm (shown right), alongside an extensive selection of other items sourced locally and from further afield in Britain. Best-sellers include the home-grown broccoli, cabbages and leeks, and, in summer, wonderfully succulent strawberries and raspberries. Every morning its chefs are busy making home-made quiches, coleslaw and soups and scrumptious sausage rolls that are very hard to resist. Excellent brownies too! • Farndon Fields Farm, Farndon Road, Market Harborough LE16 9NP, 01858 464838,




It’s all about fine food at Hambletons (Monday–Saturday 9am–5pm), a farm shop in a town location. From farming its pedigree herds of Longhorn, Dexter and Aberdeen Angus on its own farm on the edge of Rutland Water to buying from other local farmers, the firm offers award-winning sausages, pork pies, cooked meats, patés, sausage rolls, hams, bacon (dry-cured or smoked), meat pies and posh ready meals, and a delicious wide choice of deli products. • 2–3 Gaol Street, Oakham LE15 6AQ, 01572 724455,

Rutland Living Sept 2017  
Rutland Living Sept 2017