To give you a taste of life in Aber, I will share some links to local food-related items.
- Aberystwyth Farmer’s Market BBC article: http://www.bbc.co.uk/wales/mid/listings/pages/event.shtml?eid=80631&rid=80
- Harmony Herd (farmer’s market) wild boar cross pork and bacon, great for Saturday morning breakfast: http://www.organicpork.co.uk/The%20herd.htm
- Birchgrove free range eggs (farmer’s market), goes well with HH bacon: http://www.birchgrove-eggs.co.uk/english/index.html
- Cothi Valley Goats (farmer’s market), nice soft goats cheese to put on crackers: http://www.fmiw.co.uk/?function=producershow&producerid=31
- Mecca Coffee House (no, the coffee and tea isn’t locally produced but the shop is right around the corner), my favourite is Sulawesi Kalossi: check out the video on YouTube here: http://www.aberystwyth-online.co.uk/eating_out/mecca_coffee_house.shtml
- Morgan’s Butchers, local meat, also local produce in season such as strawberries, really nice new potatoes etc: http://www.morgansofaberystwyth.com/
- Treehouse organic food shop: http://www.treehousewales.co.uk/
- Rachel’s Organic Yogurt: http://www.rachelsorganic.co.uk/index.php
- Others include Jonah’s for fresh fish, Slater’s Bakery, and Morris’ Greengrocer, but they don’t have nice web pages I can link you to.
Basically, Saturday in Aber means making my loop through the market if it’s on (every other week or ‘fortnightly’ as they say in the UK), and a pass through these various shops to pick up what I need for the week.
Some nice things in season at the moment are the freshest possible brussels sprouts on the stalk, and ingredients for Mary’s Magic Mixed Mash, which can include red carrot, white carrot, parsnip, swede (a kind of turnip) coarsely mashed, then add in onions and maybe garlic sauteed in butter. Add more butter and nutmeg if desired and either serve or make in advance, put in a casserole and heat in the oven before serving.
Not much is left to get from the real supermarket….