Last month I visited Incredible Edible Wilmslow and Helen suggested I visit on the third Saturday so I could also see the Artisan Market. I'm very glad I took her advice!
Shenton Farm Shop in Handforth had fresh damsons and plums:
I expect they'll be over by now, but hopefully they'll still have these romano cauliflowers and cabbage:
You can buy gourmet mushrooms direct from the grower:
I was in the mood for a pie, and had quite a choice! I've enjoyed Fidget and Homity pies from All About Pies before:
and was very tempted by the Lord of the Pies, who one 3 gold, and 1 bronze awards in the 2011 British Pie Awards:
but in the end I settled for the Great North Pie Co, which I was going to try at Wirral Food Festival but they'd sold out by lunchtime!
We really enjoyed their pies, We bought one of each and chopped them into quarters to try 4 different pies. Neil Broomfield gave up a job with the police to make gourmet pies!.
Also selling pies was the Country Fayre Deli in Bramhall. These pork pies looked good:
I must pay them a visit!
There was a stall selling fresh fish:
and plenty of good butchers to choose from.
in the Lyth Valley in Cumbria have already had several mentions in this blog
Des Coleman is an award winning master butcher from Whaley Bridge:
who I must visit when I'm going that way.
Also deserving a visit is the Artisan Meat Company:
who have a farm shop in Didsbury
Rushey Farm sell outdoor reared Gloucester Old Spot pork:
and last year won the Cheshire Life Food Hero of the Year award.
Dinebox, from Holmfirth, aim to inspire confidence and creativity in the kitchen with their kits:
The Curry Box, from Macclesfield, were selling their Gujarati style home made curries:
Apparently Noddy Holder loves their mango chutney!
Another stand was selling genuine traditional Caribbean spicy sauces:
Vegetarians are very well catered for, with Bernadette Cleary from Yum's offerings:
Who said vegetarian food is boring?
I'd already met Mininkis Kitchen at a Church Minshull Food Fayre and I love everything they make. They do traditional basil pesto, sun dried tomato pesto and Asian-inspired coriander pesto. The coriander pesto makes a great starter:
or a tasty topping for baked fish. They also do delicious pistachio & lemon or macadamia & lime shortbread.
I was also spoilt for choice with bread. There was the French Corner:
and another stall was selling sourdough:
but in the end I settled for bread from the fabulous London Road Bakehouse in Stoke:
who now also do bakery classes.
Talking of Stoke on Trent, another stall sold Staffordshire oatcakes and pikelets:
had a sign saying there's no business like scone business! They're passionate about their scones, and make a very wide variety.
Cheshire Cheesecakes were still unpacking their cheesecakes when I walked past:
they'd look even better on a nice plate, they're both beautiful and tasty!
Cupcakes and Co were selling their creative cakes:
and I rather fancied Country Fayre Deli's apple strudel:
Peter Herd is a Wilmslow baker, who made me wish I was 5 again!
Also in Wilmslow is Cheshire Tarts:
who specialise in French style patisserie. It was difficult deciding what to choose, but in the end I treated my family to a chocolate and pear torte:
Talking of chocolate, there was chocolate from Pure Origin
who use some of the finest cacao beans in the world to make their single origin bars.
Tinakiiana are petit four makers based in Norley, Cheshire.
Because their petit fours are tiny you can have more than one J!
I hope the next wedding we're invited to buys Miscos chocolates and Truffles:
They look fantastic and taste even better than they look!
Also looking fantastic were these macarons:
from the Daisy Chain Bakery.
If by now you're felling thirsty, the Wincle Beer Company have found an interesting use for a redundant milking parlour!
By now I was desperate to get home to try all my "new finds". However I could have eaten there with some of this chicken:
made with milk from their Brown Swiss herd.
I'm sorry this is such a long post, and I've only covered a fraction of what was there! It's a really good market, it's the Borough Market of the North!
It's on the third Saturday of the month - so there's one on Saturday.
Wilmslow Artisan Market