Gainsborough Farmers Market is held in Marshall’s Yard on the second Saturday of the month. It is attractive with a row of stalls with green, white and grey awning.
It was and cold and wet day in November when I visited and even though it was 10.30 there were few people around. I felt sorry for the stall holders who looked frozen.
The market isn’t as large as nearby “Brigg.”:http://www.silvertraveladvisor.com/review/attraction/162088
I wandered along the row of stalls past the fish van and “Redhill Farm”:http://www.redhillfarm.com/ with its joints of pork, sausages, pork pies and hazlet. This also trades at Brigg Farmers Market. Next to this was Ryan Jepson Cheese selling a very good range of speciality cheeses not seen in the average supermarket. It also had packs of farmhouse butter and a selection of biscuits.
Next was Turner’s Bakery with a mouthwatering selection of breads including soda breads and sour dough. I was tempted by the stilton and walnut soda bread. I’d intended this to last for two days lunch but it was so good, I’m afraid I ate it all in one sitting.
“Lime Tree Pantry”:http://www.limetreepantryfoods.com/ had a range of fruit pies and savoury pasties. I’d have been tempted if I hadn’t bought the soda bread.
Trentside meats were selling chickens and lamb. Next to them was “Snowden Hill Water Buffalo”:http://www.snowdenhillbuffalo.co.uk/ reared in South Yorkshire. I knew water buffalo meat was low in fat compared with other meats. Talking to the stall holder he explained it was very similar in taste to good quality well hung beef. I had to try it. I bought a pack of beefburgers and a pack of shin which I was recommended to cook in the slow cooker. I did but even though I cooked it for over seven hours I still found it a bit chewy. Next time I would eat the beefburgers with mash and gravy rather than scrambled egg.
I passed by “Aunt Katie’s Kitchen”:http://auntiekatie.wix.com/auntiekatieskitchen with preserves and chutneys with “Lincolnshire poacher Cheese”:http://lincolnshirepoachercheese.com/ (also at Brigg) next to them. Then there was a stall selling home made cards and Woodpecker Crafts selling a range of bird boxes and bug houses.
It was interesting to visit Gainsborough and compare it with “Brigg Farmers Market”:http://www.silvertraveladvisor.com/review/attraction/162088 which is larger with a wider range of stalls. Turner’s bakery was more interesting than Mount Pleasant Windmill Bakery that sells at Brigg. Snowden Farm Water Buffalos don’t go to Brigg Market. These would be the only two stalls which would encourage me to visit here rather than Brigg.
There is no fruit and vegetable stalls in the farmers market although there were two in the weekly Saturday market in the Market Place. Here I bought one of the largest cauliflowers I’ve ever seen for only 59p.