We are in Bath for a week and we are delighted to discover one of the two Farmers Markets per month will be held on the Saturday that falls during our stay. We head off early Saturday morning, shopping bags in hand and shod in sensible shoes to see what we could find that was uniquely English. Lo and behold, in the midst of the market was an Australian selling his lovely tartlets under the name of Oven To You.
But we did find plenty of English specialities. An eccentric looking man selling game, not sure if he was a shambolic lord of the manor or simply the gamekeeper. He looked like he could be cast in both of those parts.
We bought a shoulder of lamb from the Salt Marsh Lamb stand and had it taken off the bone on the spot. If I lived here I would be taking advantage of the free weekly home delivery service they offer. We put it in a roasting pan on a bed of quartered red and brown onions, added a little rosemary and thyme, a sprig of parsley and smeared it in olive oil, added seasoning and popped it in a high oven, once it had a nice brown crust on top in went half a bottle of white wine and covered it tightly with olive oil and cooked it slowly for around 3 hours. Toward the end I took the foil off, added some small vine tomatoes and served it with some of the organic carrots and green beans. It was a meal that Jamie Oliver would have approved of. Australian Paul Davis’s apple and berry pie was a fitting end. To avoid making this a very long post I have put the photos in a gallery but please click on them to get a better view of the variety of food and visit the Bath Farmers Market website to learn more about the market. Roz