As a supporter of all things local, the Frome Independent Market has been on my radar for a few months now. This award winning market is held on the first Sunday of every month from 11am – 3pm between March and December.
Once a month, Frome’s high street is taken over to showcase the best independent craftspeople, designers, makers, producers and traders in the South West. As the strap line suggests, Frome Independent Market really is ‘more than a market’. There’s artisan food, garden & flowers, antiques and collectables plus an additional focus on designers and makers, plus elements more familiar from festivals: live music & DJs, street food, art and events.
One thing I really hadn’t taken into consideration was just how busy it was going to be. We arrived into Frome around noon and quickly realised that we should have got there 30 minutes before the market opened as there was really limited parking. There is a park and ride scheme which is brilliant for a small town to have in place. Luckily, JB used to live in Frome so knew a couple of sneaky places we could find a space.
We were there a good couple of hours, exploring every street that was packed with stalls on both sides. We picked up some great vegan sweet treats that were JB friendly (aka vegan!). These included brownies from Dark Matters and cheesecake from Elspeth’s Kitchen. Unfortunately we didn’t choose so well for our savoury goodies. I’m not going to name and shame but I wish we’d found the street with the dim sum stand sooner!
Now I know what’s there, next time we go I’ll be more prepared and not so overwhelmed! There was SO many wonderful producers there it was hard not buy everything and spend a months’ wages in one hit.
If there’s one piece of advice (actually, make that 2) I can give you – arrive early if you’re coming in a car and arrive with a hungry tummy!