Sunday, 19 May 2013

Moseley Farmers' Market

Entrance to Moseley's Farmers Market

Moseley as a district is one of the jewels in Birmingham's crown.  An extremely popular destination for shoppers and revellers alike.  Once a month it hosts its award winning farmers' & arts market.

Attending last month, I took the time to peruse the market stalls and the local shops to see what goodies were available. Although Moseley is near to home, I don't always have the opportunity to venture there so it was great to have the chance to go.

Swiss Chard
Akiki Organics Stall

First stall to catch my eye was Akiki Organics.  Providing a range of home grown produce, I was particularly drawn to their swiss chard.  Lovely green leafage with multi-coloured stalks.  Having tried to source some via my local supermarket to no avail, it was great to find some here!  A bagful purchased, I started thinking what I could serve it with.... (I am forever meal planning)!

Curds & Whey Cheese Stall
Then I came across the Curds & Whey Cheese stall.  New to the Birmingham farmer's market circuit, they provide a wide variety of cheeses, many of which are suitable for vegetarians.  One of the cheeses that heightened my interest was the Pennard Ridge Red which is the only red goats cheese in the UK.  A lover of goats cheese and indeed red cheese too, this is the perfect combination!  A rare find, I simply had to buy a block - to not only to eat as it is, but ideal grated over pasta.
Pennard Ridge Red Goats Cheese

As always, the farmers market regulars were there too: chutney/jam makers Cuffufle Preserves, spice/jerk sauce makers Tan Rosie, veggie hot food vendors Kuskus Foods and Earlswood Fowlers Cheesemakers amongst others.

My shopping spree extended to Moseley's shops and there are two delicatesessens based around the market.  Nima Delicatessen which has a Middle Eastern slant but yet packed with veggie refrigerated goods and the usual deli stalwarts of flavoured oils, pickles, preserved lemons etc.

Lewis's Delicatessen has a whole host of Italian inspired foods with unusual pastas,  biscotti amongst other Mediterranean fine foods alongside goods from local producers.

Indigo Wholefoods based just by St Mary's Church is a treasure trove of vegetarian and vegan supplies with grains, pulses, vitamins and refrigerated items.  They have recently started a pre-order service for organic fruit and vegetable boxes.  Contact them for details. 

Food aside (just for a moment), my visit was combined with the opening of the new haberdashery & fabric shop/studio - Guthrie Ghani.  

Co-owned by BBC 2's The Great British Sewing Bee finalist Lauren Guthrie, the launch showcased the new shop (just past The Village Pub) as well as its creative studio where workshops and classes will take place to make seamstresses and knitters of us all!

Celebratory Cake at the opening of
Guthrie Ghani
The Great British Sewing Bee Finalist and shop co-owner -Lauren Guthrie

Whether you're a foodie 'so & so' or a creative 'sew & sew' or both, Moseley, its shops and its Farmers & Arts Market (held on the 4th Saturday of each month) will have you returning time and time again!

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