Part of what makes Falmouth and Penryn so special is its unique character and diverse community. A major part of this sense of community is enhanced by the thriving local businesses that promote the individuality of Falmouth and Penryn. This also provides the inhabitants with the ability to make a difference in the local economy by supporting it while providing scope for a variety of consumers to find the produce they want. Falmouth was also Cornwall's first Fair-Trade town. A lot is changing in food sales at the moment with increased importance being placed on issues such as organic, fairly-traded and free-range produce, food miles and of course the need ensures that a wide variety of food shops thrive.
In Falmouth and Penryn there are a variety of companies supplying this choice:
Fruit and Vegetables:
The greengrocers in Falmouth always has a wide range of fruit and veg and tends to have something a bit different in to try. They are good value for money, which is always good when shopping to a budget, and they are very keen on supporting local farmers. On the outskirts of Falmouth there are many farm shops. They are hard to access without a car but great as you know your food is as fresh as it can be! There is also the option of veggie box schemes. Cusgarne Organic Farm, near Truro will deliver to your door once a week, and then there's the ever popular Riverford Organic box scheme which is available over the internet.
WC Rowes can be found in both Falmouth and Penryn and sell a variety of baked goods. Pippins in Penryn and Kessels Kitchen in Falmouth sell a variety of good lunch foods, in generous portions. And of course for pasties there is Choaks, who are the only pasty shop in town make their own pasties on the premises, and The Cornish Miner which stock local organic steak pasties and even a few vegan ones!
Cornish Quality Meats in Falmouth has a range of products at reasonable prices, and then of course there are local farm shops selling the best quality local produce.
Falmouth and Penryn are obviously great places to get the freshest fish around. If you're having trouble catching your own there are a few fishmongers who can help you out. In Falmouth and Penryn there is Seabourne Fish at Islington Wharf, Penryn. South West Seafoods at the Ponsharden end of Falmouth may be in an odd location but is a popular option with the locals. Arwenack Fisheries in Falmouth is a lovely little shop which also supplies duck eggs as well as the freshest fish from the day's catch - they'll even give you fish recipes! Atlantis Foods are in Grampound, a bit out of the way for most students, but they have an online shop and delivery service for their high quality smoked fish.
The Little Yellow House in Penryn sells local and organic deli style foods and as a newer shop is proving very popular. In Falmouth there is The Cavendish Courtyard Deli and near the Woodlane Campus, there is Provedore, both of which sell a variety of local produce and specialty products from all over. The Natural Store up the Old High Street has a wide range of products from organic ice cream and washing up liquid to eye liner and everything in between. Having just expanded into next door, the ever-growing shop is perfect for a weekly shop. Truro Farmer's Market comes to Falmouth every Tuesday bringing all sorts of food with it - not good if you're on a diet!
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