Keen on supporting small, local businesses? Passionate about local produce? Or keen to reduce the food miles associated with your weekly shop? Then you won’t go far wrong getting your groceries at any of these local independents.
1. Cardiff Indoor Market
“If it ain’t broke, don’t try to fix it” as the saying goes. Well, this beauty opened way back in May 1891, and a farmers’ market is known to have existed at the same site since the 18th century. To this day, it’s still an excellent spot for fresh bread, veg and meat, and arguably the best Welsh cakes in Wales.
I recently wrote a guide to the market for Wales Online, which you can read here.
St Mary St, Cardiff CF10 @cardiffmarket_
2. The Riverside Markets
Popping up in Roath, Rhiwbina and Riverside, the RCMA markets are a foodie’s dream. From fresh, free-range eggs, to organic veg, herbs and spices and still-warm loaves of bread, it’s hard not to want to walk away with one of pretty much everything.
The inclusion of street-food traders like Mr Croquewich also means you can refuel as you shop.
Fitzhamon Embankment, Cardiff, South Glamorgan CF11 6AN @
3. Penylan Pantry
Winners of the ‘best cafe’ at the Cardiff Life Awards, the Pantry is so much more than that – it’s a corner-shop-come-deli that respects local producers, the community and the environment (all the veg is organic, too).
They pride themselves on offering produce and products which meet at least three of the following principles; low food miles; organic and/or Fairtrade; quality; unique; and /or from a cooperative, social enterprise or sustainable business.
They also host regular pop-up events in partnership with other local businesses – cheese and wine night, anyone?
72 Kimberley Rd, Cardiff CF23 5DN @
4. Forage Farm Shop
Who loves honey for breakfast? 🍯🥣@GwenynGruffydd was winner of the Welsh Food Awards Wales 2019. This Welsh wildflower honey is hand jarred at home. With its light, subtle, blossom flavoured taste this is one for the honey lovers! 🐝🌻— Forage Farm Shop & Kitchen (@foragefarmshop) March 18, 2020
#foragefarmshop #cowbridge pic.twitter.com/kdZOhnsTB4
Not strictly in Cardiff (but it does have a CF postcode), Forage is part of the Penllyn Estate, comprising 2,500 acres of beautiful Welsh farmland, lakes and woodland.
The farm shop is full of fresh, seasonal produce, an artisan butchery, and a huge range of carefully selected, dry goods and drinks from local, artisan suppliers.
Penllyn Estate Farm Llwynhelig, Cowbridge CF71 7FF @PenllynFarm
5. Thorn hill Farm Shop
Just north of Cardiff, the team at Thornhill Farm stack their shelves high with fresh, tasty local produce. The butchery on site provides lamb and beef, pork and leek sausages, mint and lamb burgers, and even Kofta kebabs – all made with meat reared on the farm.
Cheese, butter and seasonal vegetables are also available, and there’s a cute coffee shop on site, too.
Capel Gwilym Rd, Cardiff CF14 9UB @