By Kate Foster, Frome-based writer and business mentor
I always think that the Frome Independent—Frome’s monthly market day—is Frome at its most resplendent. When I tell non-Frome friends about it, I tend to describe it as “a festival in one day” because it really does have everything: music, food, crafts, interesting people, tonnes of great things to buy and sheer vibe.
And while the 200-or-so carefully-curated traders make those market Sundays, many of the town’s shops and cafes also take the opportunity to open for business. That’s why, for me, the ideal market day blends the best of both worlds—discovering new makers and producers while enjoying the festive atmosphere when I visit local favourites. My perfect market mooch? It goes a little something like this:
Stock Up On Treats
Market day brings an artisan food market almost to my doorstep, so I’m always sure to visit the At The Chapel van at the bottom of Stony Street for great sourdough and savouries, often grabbing some local Bath Soft Cheese to go with them along the way. Stop to admire Helen’s fantastical cakes at The Bakemonger too, or if you’re being more virtuous (or have allergies), check out Elspeth Humm’s beautiful gluten- and dairy-free raw creations.
Treasures and Tunes
Down in town, the Cheese & Grain carpark becomes a vintage and antiques haven on market days. I’m currently obsessed with Gorgeous Old French Stuff so I make a beeline to see what treasures they’ve brought along each month. Browsing is made all the sweeter by the vintage disco tunes rocking the Village Green family area beside the library.
Home in on Catherine Hill
Bags full, it’s round about now that I need to escape the crowds for some R&R. A window seat upstairs at Sam’s Kitchen and Deli is the ideal place to watch all the action on Catherine Hill while enjoying a coffee or laidback late lunch.
The last two Frome Independent markets of 2017 take place from 10am-3pm on Sunday 5 November and Sunday 3 December and there are no markets in January and February. Most independent traders are open on market Sundays. For information on how to get there, visit: http://www.thefromeindependent.org.uk/visit/
Watch our Frome Independent video for a glimpse of the full day festival.