Harborne has jumped on the bandwagon of weekly and monthly markets. The Saturday market used to be a monthly farmers' market, but due to the growing interest, and new customers who have created a demand for the market, it has become a weekly occurrence.
As the temperature rises so does the list of events – festivals, BBQs, shows – ensure your weekend is full with the help of yours truly. Local happenings are on the rise as spring turns into summer, and Harborne is no different. The Saturday market on Harborne High Street is a weekly invitation to the best local produce on offer in Birmingham.
Sample, sip, lick and slurp your way through each stall because the producers really don't mind if you're 'just having a look'. When I visited it seemed everyone was just like me – curious. I wasn't hungry as such, but of course when there's a tempting oil or infused vinegar that's begging to be soaked up by some crusty bread, who am I to say no?
It's one of the most relaxed markets I've been to. Harborne itself is quite a chilled out area though, and it's reflected in the cool and calm nature of this market. Those behind the stalls aren't pushy, or 'salesy'; they're happy to chat.
It gets busy, but not so rammed you can't move, so I advise getting there early because it is nice to have a bit of space when you're nibbling on some local cheese.
There are numerous offerings for all palettes – pies, local meats, local dairy, and fresh fruit and vegetables, everything you could expect at a farmers' market.
One of the stipulations for the stall holders is that at least two of the ingredients in the food sold are local, so you're really munching on some of the freshest grown food around Birmingham.
I parted with £3.00 for a jar of 200g chutney, £3.00 for some local cider, and £4.50 for a bowl of fresh pasta. Purse-friendly prices with an Artisan quality I think.