Where are the 12 Best
Farmers Markets in the UK for Local Food?
We have the best farmers
markets in the UK for local food for you here. These are 12 of the top
farmers markets, some of them selling local organic food, can
be found in the country from Scotland down to Kent. Local food means
fresh food that has been picked from the farms that morning.
Top 12 Farmers' Markets in the UK
Dirty dozen: the best of Britain's 600 local-produce markets
where you can buy muddy carrots and misshapen fruit that tastes as it
1. St Giles Farmers' Market, Shipbourne, Kent
St. Giles Church, Stumble Hill every Thursday, between
Voted one of Britain's best farmers
markets in the 2007BBC
Food and Farming awards, this market is held
both inside and outside an 11th-century church at the heart of the
village. More than 20 stalls offer local fare, including breads, meat,
vegetables, mushrooms, smoked fish, pickles, cheeses and fruit, sold
direct from the producers. It's a truly local community affair,
providing a forum for both shopping and socialising.
2. Winchester Farmers’ Market, Hampshire
Middle Brook Street, second and last Sunday of the month Tel:
This mega farmers market has been
running twice a month since May 1999 and has almost 100 stalls. The
produce must be grown, reared, baked or caught in Hampshire or within
10 miles of the border. Hampshire Fare is the county's excellent food
and drink organisation and specialties include Alresford watercress
(the festival is on May 11), water buffalo, Dexter beef, and Manx
3. Stroud Farmers' Market, Gloucestershire
Cornhill Market Place, held on first and third Saturday of
each month. Tel: 01453 758060.
Gloucestershire's first farmers market
is a triple winner of the Cotswold Life Magazine “Best Farmers Market"
award and the FARMA certified farmers' market of the year
elegant central venue hosts demonstrations at 11am by resident chef
Robert Rees of the Country Elephant who makes meals using produce from
the market. Specialties include Katie Lloyd's Shitake-mushroom growing
kits, Annette Eaton's smoked garlic and the superb outdoor cafe run on
a rota by different groups.
Get there early
for organic vegetables. A
real social gathering event.
4. Kings Norton Farmers’ Market, Birmingham
The Green in King Norton held the second Saturday of the month
Tel: 07966 434177
Voted the West
Midlands farmers' market
of the Year 2008 by the National Farmers' Retail and Markets
Association, it offers goods from more than 25 producers.
organizers are proud of the market's patent, established in 1616,
though the market was re-established in 2005. Stalls sell vegetables,
fruit, fresh meat, fish, garden plants and organic and fair trade
5. Cardiff Riverside Farmers' Market
Fitzhamon Embankment held every Sunday from 10 am to 2 pm Tel:
This popular market, in the shadow of
the Millennium Stadium, has more than 25 stalls selling baked goods,
fish, meat, fruit, vegetables and even malt whiskey. Sample the chili
jam, Cardigan Bay honey, goat's sausages, wine from Sugarloaf vineyard
and a number of award-winning cheeses.
6. Wirral Urban Farmers’ Market, New Ferry
New Ferry's Village Hall held every second Saturday from 9 am
to 1 pm Tel: 015 16431393
An indoor market voted the UK
Market of the Year at BBC Radio 4's Food and Farming Awards 2007.
than 30 stalls offer some of the North West's finest produce including
fruits, vegetables, cheeses, chocolate and beer. Profits from the
volunteer-run market are given to local community groups.
7. Hexham Farmers’ Market, Northumberland
Hexham Auction Mart (Jan-April), The Market Place
(May-August), held the second Saturday of the month Tel: 01434 270393.
This farmers market, located on the
site of a cattle market, won the NFU award for Best Farmers' Market in
England and Wales last year. Over 30 producers show off
as local oyster mushrooms, Northumberland hill lamb, hand-made
chocolates and fudge, beef, poultry, eggs, cheeses, bread and
gluten-free baked goods, soups, salads and veg, all of which are grown
or reared within 50 miles.
8. Alnwick Farmers' Market, Northumberland
Market Place held on the last Friday of the month 9 am to 2 pm
Tel: 07894 402766
This market, which sits near Alnwick's
medieval market cross, offers an array of seasonal foods.
It has hosted
demonstrations from chefs, including Master Chef finalist David Hall,
as well as an array of crafts including soaps and jewelery. Local
specials include Hill Lamb, cheeses, cakes and pies, teas, preserves
and pickles, mussels, fudge, soft fruits and plants.
9. Orton Farmers' Market, Cumbria
Held the second Saturday of the month Tel: 01524 781003.
With more than 40 stalls of foods and
crafts, Orton farmers' market sits in the heart of the countryside.
This tiny village is in game country, so you’ll find pigeons, rabbits
and game birds for the pot at Austen Davies’s stall – and something to
warm your cockles at the renowned Weardale Soup Company. Bessy Beck's
trout products, delicious homemade Country puddings and the Cumbrian
Fair Trade Cooperative has more exotic goods.
Most of the stallholders
also crop up at Brough (third Saturdays) and Pooley Bridge (last
Sundays until winter).
10. Haverfordwest Farmers' Market, Pembrokeshire
Riverside Quay, held on alternate Fridays Tel: 01437 776 168.
This market, which is situated on a
peninsula, has a stunning range of cheeses, real heather honey and the
occasional live cookery demonstration.
From late June to early July there is
the Pembrokeshire Fish
Week which features cooking demonstrations at
the market; usually locally caught and reared fish.
guinea-fowl and geese, home-reared meats, organic, rare-breed Oxford
and Sandy Black pork, crab and lobster sandwiches, continental salad
leaves, bread and locally milled flour, bara brith (a traditional sweet
tea bread) and Welsh cakes, Lanboidy farmhouse cheese and laver bread,
ewe’s milk cheese, smoked game are just some of the delights.
11. Bristol Slow Food Market
Corn Street Wed 9.30am-2.30pm, and the Slow Food Market, Corn
Street, the first Sun of the month, 10am-3pm. (0117 9224014;
Recent winner of a Soil
Association Award, the market offers the usual staples of
wet fish and shellfish,
buffalo and other cheeses, fruit and veg, hand-made bread, honeys,
apple juice and plants and herbs, but with strong emphasis on local,
organic and free range.
Visit the Slow Food market for
fresh fish and
local sausages for Sunday lunch, to be washed down with local beer,
cider or perry (an alcoholic pear drink). Or watch one of the regular
12. Edinburgh Farmers' Market, Scotland
Castle Terrace, held first and third Saturday of each month.
Tel: 0131 652 5940.
A model farmers market in a stunning
setting beneath the castle. Features up to 70 specialists, from
Inverness to Northumberland. All stallholders are primary producers:
they rear it, grow it, make it, bake it. Beer comes down from the Black
Isle near Inverness, fresh langoustine, crab and mussels are shipped in
from the island of Arran, as well as hunks of wild boar, venison,
ostrich, a very particular sausage-meat mix, superb hedgerow wines,
gorgeous mead and, of course, whiskey.
The on the best farmers markets in the UK was
written by Nick Wyke for Times
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