Leeds Farmer’s Markets is one for the food-lovers. This market is home to a host of stalls, each selling the freshest locally farmed produce and specialist fare, filling the air with all manner of wonderful aromas. You can enjoy the smell of a hog roast or fresh bread as you stroll among the stalls selecting handmade cakes, ales, fresh game still with the feathers on, specialist local cheeses or seasonal fruit and vegetables.
Leeds Farmer’s Markets takes place on the first and third Sunday of every month on Briggate and every second and fourth Thursday of the month inside Kirkgate Market. These traditional market spaces have bags of charm and character and make great destinations for a foody on a wander.
You’ll find lamb, pork, beef, chicken – either in raw form or cured or in sausages and pies. Oh, and pheasant and partridge and duck with the feathers still on, and maybe even venison and rabbit. Skotch’d scotch eggs, and Stickey’s Leeds Honey and the Chilli Jam Man are some of the famous brands that have emerged from the Leeds market scene. Then there are great-value selections of fully organic, earthy carrots, swedes, potatoes, and onions, as well as endless home-made preserves, jams, chutney, and sauces. All this produce comes from local farms in the nearby hills.
There are also local arts and crafts for sale, including glassware, cushions and other homeware, plus soaps and candles and carpentry. As well as something for the table, there’s every chance you’ll find an actual table.
In an age where traditional market shopping has declined in favour of big stores, why not sample what the original source has to offer? For those following diets and looking for a healthy lifestyle, and of course for the environmentally minded, organic and locally sourced food is a step to where you want to be.