Taunton Farmer’s Market – The Thinking Person’s Supermarket

Lounging behind my stall on Thursday, enjoying the shade of the Birch tree and eating breakfast (a Bramley-and-Walnut loaf from Stentwood Farm and a tub of olives), I reflected that many things are subtly greater than they superficially appear.  

Taunton Farmers’ Market, for example, (every Thursday in the High Street near Hatcher’s) has attracted a motley assortment of buskers over the years, and you never know quite what you are going to hear next. Have you ever heard Paul Scofield playing “Sitting on Top of the World” on his home-made guitar? If not, come next week, or you will spend the rest of your life wondering what you have missed. If I could drive a tractor as well as that man can play three pieces of string and a cigar box, I should be a very satisfied young farmer.

This week, for personal reasons, I was particularly struck by the super-ancillary qualities of many vegetables. Normally I just use them to soak up gravy, but recently I have been advised to look for foods with anti-cholesterol properties. Between the stalls of Helen-The-Veg, Ray-The-Marrow and Tom-The-Beard, I assembled an anti-cholesterol arsenal of Blueberry, Courgette, Turmeric, Raspberry, Celery, Red Onion, Garlic, Fennel, Nasturtium, Rhubarb, Beetroot, Purple Carrot and Apple Juice.

All “ordinary” vegetables, but all recognized by the medical establishment as having medicinal Cholesterol-Lowering properties. 

There are hidden greatnesses in every little thing.

Like the tides: There is no such thing as solid ground, even rock flexes slightly under the tidal pull of the sun and moon. When the ocean rises, say, twenty feet, the ground itself rises by, say, six inches.

This means that every high tide you have ever seen was actually six inches higher than you thought it was.


God bless your work. See you next Thursday in Taunton High Street.


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