Whether you’re visiting Cornwall, have recently made the move here, or are considering one of our current properties on the market, no doubt one of the major attractions is the great Cornish food scene.
To really get to grips with grassroots food here in Cornwall, visiting a local market is a must. Which is why we’ve compiled a list of the best farmers markets in Cornwall, to help you enjoy shopping for local food and drink in the Duchy!
From Sennen in the far West, to Bude in the North, you’re never far from a fantastic market. A much more memorable experience than any supermarket trip, at these events you’ll get to meet the people behind the produce. Plus, you’ll be shopping ethically and sustainably in the knowledge that your spend is going straight back into the local economy.
Find a Cornish farmers market near you:
In the far West of Cornwall, Sennen market offers a vibrant taste of local food and drink, arts and crafts. The market takes place every Tuesday, 10am – 1pm, in Sennen’s Community Hall (TR19 7AS). Parking is free for Market customers and there is a cafe within the hall serving food and drink.
First established in 2010 as a Farmers Market, Sennen Market has grown over the years to showcase the best of locally grown produce, freshly made foodstuffs and handmade arts and crafts.
Penzance Country Market
Penzance’s neighbourhood market takes place every Thursday in St John’s Hall, rain or shine, 8:30am to 12:30pm.
Penzance Country Market began in 1960 and continues to sell home-baked goods, flowers, plants, fruit and veg, crafts and more!
Read our Penzance Location Guide here.
St Ives Farmers Market
Indoors, and with a great tea and cake area, the St. Ives Farmers Market runs every Thursday from 9.30am until 2pm throughout the year at The Guildhall, Street an Pol, St Ives.
Founded in 2008, the market is operated by a community group called GULP (which stands for Great-tasting Unbeatable Local Produce), a not-for-profit organisation that was set up to support local food producers and make local produce more widely available in St Ives.
Read our St Ives Location Guide here.
Helston Farmers Market
One of the longest established farmers’ markets in Cornwall, this busy market is packed with local, seasonal produce. It’s indoors – which can be a benefit in the winter – and extra markets usually take place shortly before Christmas.
Helston Farmers Market is open the first Saturday of every month from 9:30am to 12:00pm at the Old Cattle Market, next to Lidl’s and the Boating Lake in Helston. There’s free parking and disabled access.
The Food Barn, Flushing
The Food Barn at Flushing near Falmouth is a weekly gathering (Saturday from 9am – 1pm at Long Close Farm, Tregew Rd, Flushing, Falmouth TR11 5UQ) of local producers selling direct to the public, which aims to shorten the food supply chain as much as possible.
A host of grassroots food and drink producers adhering to the highest ethical and sustainable standards can be found in the old agricultural barn each week, joined occasionally by sail-shipped cargo from Europe spirited into Falmouth by the beautiful ship, Gollant.
Read our Falmouth Location Guide here.
Truro Farmers Market
A true microcosm of Cornwall’s fabulous food and drink scene, Truro Farmers Market is frequently cited as one of the best in the whole of the UK. Weekly markets take place in Truro, Lemon Quay, on Wednesday and Saturday from 9am – 4pm. The market also ‘pops up’ in Falmouth on the pedestrianised area known as The Moor every Tuesday from 9am – 1.30pm.
A visit to this wonderful, diverse and growing market is a chance to buy some of the region’s finest produce, where many of the traders are truly artisan in scale.
Read our Truro Location Guide here.
Bude Farmers Market
This seasonal market runs every Friday, 10am – 3pm, until the end of September at The Lower Wharf of Bude Canal.
All the stalls at Bude Farmers Market showcase local food and drink, plants and crafts. Everything is locally made, grown and produced, and it’s a lovely shopping experience.
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