Our location in the heart of the city gives us a front-row seat on many of the exciting happenings here in Truro, from hit shows at Hall for Cornwall to food festivals, parades, and sporting events. However, one of our favourite weekly happenings is Truro Farmers Market, which brings a feast of colour and flavour to Lemon Quay throughout the year.
Find out more about this famous Cornish farmers market below, including how to make a day of it with a visit to Mannings!
When is Truro Farmers Market?
Throughout most of the year the green and white stripped stalls of Truro Farmers Market can be found on Lemon Quay (outside M&S) every Wednesday and Saturday. The exception is during January, when the mid-week market takes a short break.
The market opens at 9am and closes at 4pm. In extreme weather check the Facebook page – sometimes high winds force a cancellation. Eager food shoppers will want to visit promptly in the morning, as some of the fresh produce sells out due to the market’s popularity.
There are also regular bumper markets at key times in the seasonal calendar. Spring, Summer and Autumn have their own ‘BIG’ markets which span several days, and The BIG Christmas Market is a month-long annual festive event in the run-up to Christmas.
What can you buy at Truro Farmers Market?
The market showcases local food and drink, art and craft. Some stallholders come and go with the seasons, but there’s always a great selection of fresh produce including fruit and veg, meat, fish and baked goods, plus store cupboard supplies such as honey, preserves, sauces and sweet treats. There’s usually an array of drinks to try and buy too, from Cornish-made spirits to local small-batch cider and beer.
A browse of the craft stalls might uncover vintage finds, homewares, jewellery, locally made skincare products and handmade accessories.
Are there other things to see and do at the market?
Visiting the farmers market is a good opportunity to get to know the people behind Cornwall’s famously good food and drink! The traders are keen to share their stories and allow you to sample their wares.
At the larger seasonal markets, visitors are treated to the all-round experience; street entertainment, choirs, demonstrations… there’s even an annual pasty-making competition and a chilli-eating contest!
Can I make a day of it?
Absolutely! To find out what’s going on, check out the Truro Farmers Market website to plan your visit. And, once you’ve stocked up with goodies at the stalls, be sure to head to Mannings for a coffee, a glass of wine, or a leisurely lunch.
Our Market Menu runs Wednesday – Saturday, midday – 6.30. At just £15 for two courses, it’s a great way to refuel ahead of the journey home. You’ll find us just a few hundred metres from the market, at the other end of Lemon Quay.