Yipee and yay, the farmers market came today. Birmingham's monthy Farmer's Market hit New Street on the first Wednesday of the month. All of the local traders sell home made bites and nibbles, which you can enjoy there and then, or take away with you.
The best stall for this has to be the original Oslinc stand. The much-popularised ostrich burger seems to have had its day by their standards because they were selling zebra, crocodile and wild boar fillets. Next to their fridge of more tropical game was the grill where their trained chef was flipping and tossing kangaroo burgers for £3.50
I don't like burgers so I didn't want to waste money on something I wouldn't eat, I did however take ostrich and kangaroo fillets away with me. For £8.00 for two fillets of each meat it is expensive, however they're only in the city once a month, and I figured I had to try kangaroo, so I sashayed away with my purchase.
A few stalls down from the Oslinc stand was the Something Different Beez Neez honey stall. Home-made and packaged in Worcestershire their honey isn't just the good stuff made by bees; their jarred pots of honey come in a variety of flavours and honey types. Wildflower honey, ginger honey, starflower, runny and set varieties.They 300g jars cost £2.50, but you can also buy a 'sampler' gift set if you want to try four varieties for £12.50
Iced cinnamon buns, brownies, flapjacks and cupcakes were strewn across polka dot trays, ready for my delectation. Starting at 50p per piece, I couldn't really resist taking a flapjack away with me, which was not too-sticky and syrupy, but oaty and delicious.
The farmer's market gives a countryside quality to the city centre, and adds a much needed pastoral characteristic to one of the main streets in Birmingham city centre.
Considering that Birmingham is the second city, the quality of produce on show, and contribution from local cooks, chefs, bakers, and grocers is first class. It seems Birmingham might just steal London's title.