We’re a couple of idlers. While you are taking your children to swimming lessons and tending to your horses on a Saturday morning, we’re nearly always lazing about. However, due to a quirk of fate, we were up early today and you know what that means – a visit to Ryde Farmers Market.
It was that really cold Saturday when we were braced for a return of the ‘Beast from the East‘. Nonetheless, three hardy stallholders were at Victoria Square outside Ryde’s big Co-op. And something caught our eye..!
Island Bakers is one of our favourite lunch spots in Newport so we were delighted to see them in our home town. Cat eyed up the potato pizzas while Matt bought himself a seed and malty bloomer.
We popped over to say hi to Max at the Brownrigg Farm Meats stall…
…and he kindly showed us some large brown eggs!
But what we really wanted was some of the newest cheeses from the IW Cheese Company stable – or should that be byre? Blue Slipper and Borthwood Brie were both launched this week.
You have to be quick – only 250 of each of these new cheeses are available each week, and only on the Isle of Wight. We bought one of each.
Once it started snowing in earnest, we went home and unpacked the cheeses. The Blue Slipper really lived up to its name – we even had to serve some of it using a spoon!
Matt spread his cheese on the malty loaf. We loved the texture of both of the cheeses – beautifully soft and creamy. The brie was more gentle, as was expected.
Cat had her cheese on some of Cantina‘s delicious focaccia bread.
Both new cheeses are really good – we’d say that the Slipper is the best though, it really is quite spectacularly gooey, and has a blue taste that is always soft and creamy, never tangy or harsh. Great work, cheesemongers, keep it up. Definitely worth getting up early for!