Behind Sennen School
Try to hold out on too much shopping until Tuesday 9am when The Sennen Farmer's Market opens. You really can get everything you need (except wine/beer). The locally baked bread was superb, huge outdoor selection of fruit and veg, fresh fish, fresh meat, cooked meat products and cheese. Plus treats such as fudge, cakes, jams, chutney and plenty of craft stalls.
We visited the farmers' market on the last Tuesday in August, having read reviews on this site. We weren't disappointed. Apart from the delicious cakes, bread, ewes' milk yoghurt and fresh vegetables I also bought a Turkish meze meal for £5. Not cheap for one portion, but absolutely amazing flavours and all vegetarian. I ate this for my lunch on Porth Chapel beach - wow, what a change from ham rolls! My partner bought a large Greek salad and chose to eat this with a couple of freshly-made lamb samosas which he thoroughly enjoyed.
We also bought, but have not yet tested, some nail scissors, a nail file and mini bottle-brushes. I'm not quite sure why, but they were a bargain!
We loved the Sennen Farmers Market and bought lots of lovely fresh food - bread (including Spelt), cheese, and meat. The fish stall was very attractive (but you had to gut the fish!!) And the locals very friendly. Nice to see the 'real' Sennen - not just the tourist part.
I just wrote a 5-star review for Pendeen Farmers' Market, which is superb. But having just visited Sennen Farmers' market yesterday I think it's even better. AND it's clearly signposted from the A30. AND it's on every week. Heaven!
Where to begin? Your first challenge is to get past the baker just inside the door without spending all your money on fluffy, chunky bread, olive-and-pepper focaccia so loaded it looks like a pizza, and cinnamon-pecan buns you could just elope with. Then you have to run the gauntlet of at least 2 cake stalls before you reach Crabby Jacks, selling whole cooked crabs, crab meat and the most delicious crab pate (all local). Local butchers sell fat sirloin steaks, fantastic bacon and sausages, and seriously hefty meat pies, while a lamb-farmer offers joints, chops - and even rugs. (You know you're talking to a real farmer when she can remember precisely which animal a particular rug came from and what its temperament was.) Vegetables - have you ever seen swedes bigger than your head? No? Then this is the place to buy them, along with intriguingly sweet kale, sprouts on the stalk, and potatoes with Cornish earth still clinging to them. Deliciously creamy cheese is stacked up in piles and being sold by the man who has made it with his own hands. And yes, everything is cheaper than it is Tesco's.
When you've finished browsing through hand-made soaps, photographic cards, curios, plants, even MORE cakes, the local play-group's fundraising table, you can grab a cafetiere of fresh coffee, gossip with the locals (and everyone in the village seems to be there) and tuck into those cinnamon-pecan buns which, let's face it, never were going to survive the few yards back home.
As with Pendeen Farmer's Market, my advice is to do yourself a favour and do your weekly supermarket trawl AFTERWARDS - if you still need anything. If you go BEFORE coming here, I promise you you'll kick yourself.