Dom Stevens from Destination
Words & Images: Dom Stevens
For the tastiest local produce for your Christmas meal, not to mention Christmas gift ideas for family and friends – Chesterfield has all you need.
“We source as much as we can locally – everything is much fresher than you would get in a supermarket.
Ibbotson's fruit and veg stall has been standing on Chesterfield market since 1945 and is run by the third generation of the Ibbotson family. They recently merged with Ayres fruit and veg stall and stand on the market six days per week, offering top quality fruit, vegetables and salad produce.
Owner Nick Ibbotson says, “We now have much more room to display the produce – meaning we are able to stock more produce and offer more variety for our customers.
Their produce is, where possible, sourced locally to reduce the mileage involved and the impact on the environment. Nick says: “We source as much as we can locally – everything is much fresher than you would get in a supermarket.
“The big sellers at Christmas are carrots, sprouts and parsnips – people tend to buy them for Christmas lunch whether they like them or not. The ones we have here will have been growing in the ground yesterday and are here on the stall today, ready for you to cook tomorrow.”
Chesterfield Market Hall also hosts a variety of stalls to offer you the ingredients for your perfect Christmas, including: W Hodkin Butchers offering a variety of meat and poultry; Lamb’s cupcakes, offering Christmas cakes, biscuits and traybakes; and the Fruit and Nut Centre selling dried fruits for your cakes and puddings and nuts for after your Christmas meal.
The outside of the Market Hall also has Davidson’s Cheese Factor for stocking your Christmas cheeseboard; Thanks a Bunch Flowers and Gifts offering all you need for your festival floral displays and gift ideas.
To give you a break from the shopping and the chance to warm up with a hot drink and a mince pie – call into Chesterfield Market Café in the Market Hall.
There is a market taking place each day from Thursday 12 December to Monday 24 December (selected traders standing on non-market days) - this includes the usual general markets, the flea market each Thursday and the farmers’ market on Thursday 13 December.
There will also be festive-themed artisan markets on Sunday 24 November and Sunday 22 December, held in association with The Market Co, offering the very best produce from local providers as well as unique gifts and crafts.
Beyond Chesterfield Market, check out the pages of S40 Local for a great range of independent traders with plenty of unique and distinctive gifts.
Visit the Chesterfield Christmas gift guide at www.chesterfield.co.uk/christmas for more suggestions for the festive season.