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Porthcurno shops, and the former post office

In season beach goods are available at the Porthcurno beach cafe right next to the beach and carpark, and souvenirs at the Museum shop and the Minack theatre. The nearest food shops and post offices are in the villages of Sennen and St Buryan, each 3 miles/5km distant, and in summer there is also a shop and off-license selling hot and cold food and drinks at the campsite in Treen. You can buy excellent locally baked bread at the Apple Tree Cafe at Trevescan near Sennen. Local vegetables, flowers, strawberries and bread are sold on several local stalls, and there is even a live vineyard in the Penberth valley.

Sennen Farmers Market is a thriving food, produce and craft market every Tuesday from 9-12am at the Sennen Community Centre behind Sennen School on the main A30 road, just three miles from Porthcurno and St Levan. The market features plants and herbs, vegetables, cards, jewellery, bread, crafts and a popular cafe area for socialising.

Bosavern Community Farm Shop is open daily 11am to 6pm in St Just TR19 7RD offering local organic vegetables and weekly veg box scheme, plus many more local products including bread, details at bosaverncommunityfarm.org.uk.

There is a sizeable Co-op shop in St Just, 7 miles/11km away, and you will find a number of local shops, galleries, cafes and a bakery there around the Market Square. Online deliveries are available locally from Sainsbury, Asda, Tesco and also Iceland, with Hollland and Barrett now willing to send orders above £20 by post with no shipping charge. Further afield in Penzance you can find a large range of local and national shops, accessible by bus from Porthcurno and St Levan parish.

Chegwidden Farm Shopin St Levan is no longer in operation.

Porthcurno Stores and St Levan Post Office are now closed forever

The Porthcurno shop and off-licence, called PK Stores, also included the St Levan Post Office and sold food, maps, newspapers, cards, beach goods and coal to local residents, holidaymakers, and students at the Cable College. The flat above the shop has been sold and the shop itself converted to an enlarged flat. The previous owner of PK Stores was Mr Fritz Ballerstedt, who closed the shop when he retired in December 2009 after thirty years service. A young couple relaunched the redecorated shop in June 2010, but then closed it again in September 2012 for good. Fritz passed away on Sunday, 19 October 2014 in Carbis Bay, at the age of 72, and is buried in the St Levan churchyard.