National Vegetarian Week, a campaign established to celebrate veggies, runs from Monday 15th May until the Sunday 21st this year. The campaign, run by The Vegetarian Society, aims to encourage people to take a step out of their usual routine and go meat-free for the week.
But if you’re an avid meat-eater, seven whole days of being meat-free can be somewhat of a challenge. Taking meat off the menu sometime results in the opinion that your meal options become more limited, but that needn’t be the case.
Pembrokeshire always has a whole host of delicious produce on offer, a statement that is not just limited to meat and seafood. Being very much an agricultural county, there is an incredible array of mouth-watering delicacies and vegetables available never too far from where you are.
For instance, Pembrokeshire has some of the best (and also in fact, THE best) farmers markets around.
St Dogmaels Farmers Market takes place inside the village’s Abbey and Coach House every Tuesday morning of the year between 9am and 1pm. Despite being a smaller market of around 18 stalls, it was declared as the best food market in Britain by the BBC 4 Radio 4 Food and Farming Awards. The market offers a range of produce including bread, pastries, pies, cheeses, eggs, chutneys and of course, vegetables. The best thing about this market is that there is certainly no way you can argue its dedication to keeping things local; all produce available is grown, reared and/or manufactured within thirty miles of the village. Enjoy a browse whilst volunteering musicians play tunes alongside, you can even bring along your dog!
Haverfordwest’s riverside streets become awash with stalls every Friday morning when the Farmer’s Market comes to town. Offering a range of high quality local produce, this market often hosts special markets depending on the season. Visit in September for their Harvest Fayre or kick off the summer with their BBQ Market where you can pick up some tips from their cookery demonstrations!
Pembroke and Fishguard both host their own Farmer’s Markets on Saturday mornings in their town halls, where you can purchase local fruit and vegetables, home-made cakes and jams. Pembroke even offers plants, flowers and crafts too!
Carmarthen has a year-round indoor market near to St Catherine’s Walk shopping centre which is open six days a week and offers a wide range of local produce, crafts, clothing and household goods. They also take stalls to the streets of the historical town on Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays between the hours of 9am and 4.30pm.