Bath Farmers Market, Somerset

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

  1. #1 by Ron Pirotta on September 6, 2010 - 10:04 pm

    Hi John and Roz,
    Funny how we food lovers always gravitate to the loacal food markets where ever, in the world we are. Just love the offal stand, those pickeled pigs tongues would be just irresitable lightly smoked.
    Kind Regards Ron

  2. #2 by mary D on September 6, 2010 - 11:04 pm

    I agree with Ron! I am attracted to all food markets too! I notice that you had a giant wok with paella – the same as in the markets in St Tropez. Love the sound of your lamb.. Have fun. x

  3. #3 by Anna Johnston on September 6, 2010 - 11:52 pm

    Oh how I love to explore markets like this & I envy you spending time in Bath, a place I just can’t wait to see again. Love the photos & interesting roast lamb, bet it tasted a treat 🙂

  4. #4 by Joanna @ Zeb Bakes on September 8, 2010 - 12:15 am

    Hi there! I don’t know why I thought of you tonight, but there you are not very far away eating the salt marsh lamb that we eat too from the same supplier. Small world! We get ours when he comes to Bristol, or sometimes delivered. The Bath market looks wonderful as always. Hope you’re having a good trip – all the best Joanna

    • #5 by tastetravel on September 8, 2010 - 7:35 am

      Had Berkshire pork last night – we are making the most of our stay in UK. Will think of you tomorrow when we drive to Cornwall we have to head up toward Bristol first to get to the motorway.

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