On the second and then the final Sunday of each month, Bath Artisan Market comes to town. Blossoming across the gentrified Green Park Station, it showcases bespoke and handcrafted home goods, delicious food and drink, art and photography, clothes and all manner of other wonderful things, with each having a stall. The second Sunday is the 'Brunch Market', which was a relaxed and beautiful affair this morning. Green Park is at a major intersection in the City Centre, and with a massive Sainsbury's carpark adjacent to the covered market area, it is extremely accessible. I love going there first thing on a Sunday morning, as the glass roof and wooden floors are illuminated by the morning sun.
With many, many stalls to visit and explore, this market needs at least two hours to have a proper look around. The stallholders exude a genuine sense of community t this event, and so perhaps allow even more time so that you can have a chat to the people selling their goods. Everything is beautifully set out beneath the station canopy, and old Victorian Railway station which is now listed and has been restored somewhat to its former glory. Permanent stalls are located down a wooden kiosk-lined corridor, which opens out into a row of shops. My favourite haunt here is the recently opened Resolution Records, which pumps out great tunes all day long. It also adds to the happy ambience of the place, where people come together to share a love of creative ideas and products.
Today I made a beeline for Lucie Cousins' stall 'Bath Culture House', and tried her energising Ginger Kombucha drink. It had a refreshing and tangy kick to it that was perfect for a Sunday pick me up. I was a novice when it came to Fermented Foods, but Lucie began educating me all about the probiotic processes that glean and enrich fermented drinks, all down to the mysteriously named 'Scoby'. Lucie told me about many romantic theories about the origins of the Kombucha drink, and I loved it. Working in a similar way to sourdough recipes, the fermentation process enriches the ingredients added to the scoby, which in this case were a special tea. I would love to know more, and will return to the market to see Lucie.
In our increasingly mechanised and commercial society, it is always refreshing to see people creating independent businesses and wonders which they feel passionate about. I always get a keen sense of this from the market, and Lucie is a wonderful ambassador of this creative energy and drive. The city of Bath is a place which attracts creative folks, and it is a special experience to see such people come together and celebrate what they do. Long may it reign.