The temptation of food, flowers and a bit of fashion, for me, is too much to ignore!
About a week ago, I heard that Cranborne Garden Centre were going to launch the first of their Farmers’ Markets on a Saturday (yesterday) and the thought of being able to wander around the roses and plants while sampling cheese, chutneys and jams sounded like my idea of weekend heaven.
… Lavender plants in pots at the entrance to the shop …
So of course we went! I have always loved this garden centre and if you’ve never been, prepare yourself to feel as if you have stumbled across a stunning parkland setting. Try not to convince yourself that perhaps you have taken the wrong turning and definitely don’t whisper your way quietly back into your car to make a hasty retreat. It honestly does look this good!
In fact even the car park is beautiful… and Brinks and I spent a good twenty minutes just cavorting in amongst the trees before I could persuade him that the fun was going to start if we could just make it through the front doors!
… the line-up …
There was a real sense of welcome as we entered the shop and we were encouraged to explore the market and nursery for as long as we liked, tasting, chatting and generally having rather a relaxing time.
… delicious cheese from Chalke Valley Cheese …
… jellies and jams from Parkside Produce …
The loveliest thing about this event is that it is not just a one off. Cranborne Garden Centre are going to be hosting a Farmers’ Market on the last Saturday of each month, with the next one being on the 25th July.
Of course, you could always go in between times and spend some time soaking up the relaxing atmosphere and return to your car with armfuls of plants… I saw some particularly spectacular rose bushes that I was very tempted by. Mr D-F dragged me away. Spoil sport.
If you would like to keep up-to-date with the happenings, you can check out the Garden Centre’s Facebook page, here.
Oh, and in case you were wondering… the fashion part came in the form of ‘Boutique in a Bus’ – a travelling clothing boutique… very cool!
What are your favourite things to sample at a Farmers’ Market? How do you convince your dog not to make a beeline for the cheese stalls and look up adoringly?! Please let me know.
Have a great Sunday x