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Farmers Markets

When taking a cottage break do look out for local farmers’ markets.  Farmers markets often represent an excellent opportunity to buy local fresh produce direct from the growers or producers.  Whether you love the idea of eating rare breeds meat, award winning cheeses or organic fruit, all of these can be found at farmers markets in the UK.  Some areas have more regular farmers’ markets than others so do your research before going on your trip so you are sure not to miss any local markets that are on.

If you are enjoying a farmstay do ask the farmer that you are staying with about local produce.  At some farmstays you will be provided with free eggs and may be even some local milk.  Whether you have to buy these products or get them given to you for free, there can be a real pleasure in eating fresh produce.  If you can’t manage to get to a farmers market and don’t get any free goodies from the local farmer then why not pay a visit to the local farm shop.  It is usually best to go to a shop that can be recommended by someone locally or if not, why not just pop in to the local farm shop and find out what is on offer.  You can then enjoy cooking up some cuisine made with locally sourced ingredients in your comfortable cottage.

Local resident sheep next to farmstay in Northumberland

Sheep, great neighbours for a self-catering holiday

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