Local Food and Farmers' Markets
Dartmoor is home to small traditional farms and other businesses, many of which sell their goods direct to you, the customer. So rather than joining the queue at the supermarket, buy local, support local producers and the future of Dartmoor.
As you are travelling around keep a look out for farms selling their own produce direct from the farm or alternatively you could visit the Dartmoor Farmers website (external link, opens a new window) and get a taste of Dartmoor delivered to your door. Choose those shops, pubs and restaurants that offer the best quality local produce and if in doubt don’t be afraid to ask. For further details on food and drink establishments on Dartmoor please see the the Dartmoor tourism and trade website, www.dartmoor.co.uk (external link, opens a new window).
Local produce markets are also great fun to go along to. They only sell produce from a defined local area and the stallholders are the farmers and producers themselves so you can easily find all about what you are buying. A number of markets take place on or around the moor.
Bovey Tracey Farmers' Market.Union Square, usually the 2nd and 4th Saturday of the month, 8:30am until 1pm. Local produce, fruit, vegetables, fresh fish, meat, Fair trade and home made cakes and soaps are just some of the available products. "Take a step closer to a better way of life". For more information on this and other events visit www.boveytracey.gov.uk (external link, opens new window) or contact M Carpenter 01626 834109.
Buckfastleigh Community Market.Globe Inn car park, every Thursday 9am until 1pm. Local produce and Fair Trade refreshments. Contact 07799 534109.
Manaton Produce Market.Parish Hall, usually the 3rd Tuesday of the month, 10:30am until 1pm. Sales of local produce and crafts. Contact Christina Everitt 01647 221302.
Okehampton Farmers' Market.St James' Chapel Square, centre of town, usually the 3rd Saturday of the month, 9am until 1pm. Okehampton Farmers' Market has 20 or more stalls of local foods. You will find pork and pork products, free range chicken, venison, ostrich meat and products, lamb, beef and game in season. Organic foods, cheeses, preserves, honey. Fresh fish (weather permitting) and beer. Bread, cakes and chocolates. Vegetables and fruit in season. Free range eggs, yogurt. Herbs, herbaceous and perennial plants. www.okehamptonfarmersmarket.co.uk (external link, opens new window) or contact Ruth Kelsey 01837 811762.
Tavistock Farmers' Market.Bedford Square, usually the 2nd and 4th Saturday of the month, 9am until 1pm. Everything you will find on sale is produced within the local area, and stallholders are the farmers, growers or producers themselves. All products sold have been grown, reared, caught, brewed, pickled, baked, smoked or processed by the stallholders. Contact www.tavistockfarmersmarket.com (external link, opens new window).
Widecombe-in-the-Moor Village Market.Usually the Fourth Saturday of the Month, 10am until 4pm, see website below for exact dates. The market is held in the beautiful and historic Church House, owned by The National Trust and leased to the village. It becomes the perfect market hall and adds considerably to the festive atmosphere of this event. There is always an interesting range of produce, from olives and olive oil to locally grown vegetables and plants. Cheeses, apple juice, honey, home made bread, cakes, jams, chutneys etc. are all there with the core stalls being beef, lamb and pork from local Widecombe farms. For any information or enquiries please contact Diana Cameron or Richard Holmes on 01364 621218 or see www.widecombe-in-the-moor.com (external link, opens new window) for details.