Food’s always tastier when it’s fresh. From eggs with the brilliant orange yolks collected by the kids that morning to salad picked five minutes before lunch in our veggie patch, or cream teas in one of Cornwall’s gardens with still-warm scones, clotted cream and homemade strawberry jam. Mmm….
We’ve put together a list of some of our favourite local producers, farm shops and farmer’s markets to help you seek out the best of what Cornwall has to offer while you’re on holiday (just ask in the office or take a look at the board in the laundry). In the meantime, whet your appetite with the selection below:
From Cornish cheeses to ice cream made on local farms and organic meat, there’s plenty to tempt you. And if you’re after fresh fish (but don’t want to catch your own), we’d recommend Mevagissey Wet Fish. Head down to the quay and you’ll be able to take your pick from that morning’s catch – just make sure you get down early or they’ll have sold out. You can’t get fresher than that!
Lobb’s Farm Shop (just down the road in Heligan) has a deli and a huge range of locally grown produce. You can also order from Lobb’s online when you’re back home – they’ll deliver UK-wide. The Orange Farm Shop in Charlestown harbour is a new mobile shop which operates out of an old milk float and has a range of tantalising local produce on offer from freshly baked bread to smoked fish and homemade chutney. Humfrey’s Farm Shop in Tregony, Trudgian Farm Shop, Trevaskis Farm and Watts Trading (organic emporium in Lostwithiel) are all recommended.
There are also local farmers’ markets in St Austell, Grampound and Truro where you’ll find a huge variety of edible delights and get to meet some the people who’ve produced them too. For fresh-off-the-boat fish, head down to the quay at Mevagissey and check out Mevagissey Wet Fish for the catch of the day.
And after all that, you might need something to wash it down with. Try one of Camel Valley’s award-winning wines (if you do the Camel Valley cycle trail you’ll go right past their vineyard and shop) or quench your thirst with some Cornish cyder.
So that’s the food sorted. Next question – who’s cooking? And will it be a big family BBQ, traditional picnic or a romantic dinner for two?