Out of a slightly dull weekend, I somehow picked the two sunniest hours on Sunday 19th June to spend down at Nether Edge Farmers Market today and thoroughly worth my while it was too. Organised by Nether Edge Neighbourhood Group, it takes place on a quarterly basis on Nether Edge Road and Glen Road – if you missed this one, your next chance is the 25th September 2011. Here are some photos of what caught my fancy:
Indian Sheffs, who I haven’t seen before, serving up hot bhajis, curry, rice and dips.
Pumpkin Oil is a relatively new addition to the Sheffield food scene. The oil is cold pressed, 100% pure extra virgin Styrian pumpkin oil from Slovenia and brought back for bottling by a Sheffield family who fell in love with the oil on one of their many visits to the country. Their website lists suggested uses for the oil, including drizzling over vanilla ice cream, dipping oil for crusty bread and a garlic and pumpkin oil sauce. I’ll be testing these out with the bottle I bought – £4.50 for 100 mls, £11.25 for 250 mls or £20.25 for 500 mls.
I was excited to see Autumn Harvest Mushrooms from Rotherham, as I do love my shrooms. They were offering tasters of a delicious mushroom called eryngii – really rich and meaty. They sell a great mix of dried and fresh mushrooms, as well as things like dried mushroom powder which can be used in a similar way to stock powder. They farm most of the mushrooms themselves and forage for porcini too. They visit a number of farmers’ markets around Yorkshire – contact them on email@example.com
Heavenly Cheesecakes were at the market, with a range looking as delectable as ever – though by the time I got to them, the stall was looking a bit depleted so they must have had a rush on.
Heard of the Sharrow Pie Experiment? No? Then head down to London Road and see what all the fuss is about. Quite simply, they’re finding out if they can change the world by eating pie, and at the London Road site, they offer pie and space – the conversation (and the results of the experiment) are up to you. Follow them on Twitter or like them on Facebook to keep up with their events, and if their pies are as good as the root vegetable bhajis they had to try at the market, it’ll be worth your trip.
There was plenty of hot food available, including smoked haddock fishcakes from Lincoln, bacon butties from Whirlow Hall Farm and sausage patties from Moss Valley Fine Meats, though today I went for a juicy venison burger from Round Green Farm before moving on to find pudding. Another new find for me was Feel-Good cakes from Sheffield, who specialise in cakes suitable for people with food intolerances and health-related conditions, including gluten-free, dairy-free, vegan and no-added sugar cakes and bakes. They use vegetables in the cake in place of fats, to add flavour and moisture.
I went for one of their chocolate, orange and raspberry cakes, made with courgette – fabulously fresh and sweetened by the raspberry; highly recommended next time you spot them at a market.
In need of pudding pudding, we stopped at Yee Kwan Ice Cream to buy some to take home. There was a debate over lemon tart vs. the salted butter caramel special (though green tea and chocolate & chilli are my favourites of Yee Kwan’s flavours) but my husband won and we went for a tub of lemon tart.
Only once we’d bought our ice cream did we stumble across Pimms on the bowling green, in the sunshine – but sadly too late for us, as the ice cream was calling for the freezer so we were now on a deadline.
There was however just time to stop off at The Old Sweet Shop to pick up some Rhubarb and Custard tea from Tea Box. Here’s the sum total of my spoils from a busy afternoon’s shopping, including Stichelton cheese from Welbeck near Mansfield, Sheff’s Special Mojo sauce, mushroom powder from Autumn Harvest and great ham from Hall Home farm: