UK Farmers Markets

Farmers Markets

There are many farmers markets up and down the country all selling superb goods that are sourced locally to the area. Here we take a look at what we consider to be ten of the best farmers markets in the UK in terms of location and what they have to offer in no particular order.

Edinburgh Farmers Market

Edinburgh Farmers Market

The farmers market In Edinburgh is located beneath the historic Edinburgh Castle and takes place every Saturday from 9am to 2pm on Castle Terrace. The market attracts visitors from all over the region and with parking close by plus excellent bus services to the venue it has been running successfully for the last fifteen years.

What's On?

There are usually fifty plus stalls to be found at the market every week with a wide range of fresh locally sourced produce along with speciality goods too. So what does Edinburgh Farmers Market offer us?

Fruit and Veg

Customers can buy a whole assortment of organic fruit and veg at the market with just about every type of produce available.

Meat Fish and Dairy

Carnivores will be very pleased with the produce here which includes

  • Beef, lamb, pork, venison, poultry
  • Sausages and bacon
  • Shell fish and fish
  • Free range organic eggs and cheeses

Bakery and Sweets

Amazing handmade chocolates are on offer along with fluffy marshmallows. Fresh homemade bread products will whet your appetite as well as delicious pies and crunchy toasted sandwiches

Specialty Goods

Visitors can buy a lovely hand knitted Shetland sweater, leather goods and handmade soaps. Fresh soups are also a speciality, scotch eggs and warming Scottish tea to drink. Amazing jams, preserves, chutneys and chilli products are just some of the many inviting products sold at the market.

Edinburgh Farmers Market Image

Finally

Edinburgh Farmers Market also puts on seasonal events such as an Easter egg hunt at Easter time, Christmas Markets during the festive season and cookery demonstrations throughout the year. It's worth visting Edinburgh City just to pay a visit to the market which is located very near the castle as well.

  • Edinburgh Farmers Market
  • Essential Edinburgh
  • 139 George Street
  • Edinburgh
  • EH2 4JY
  • Tele 0131 220 8580

Brixton Farmers Market

Brixton Farmers Market

Brixton Farmers Market takes place every Sunday on Brixton Station Road from 10am till 2pm. This popular market offers all the usual market fayre plus a range of other goods to suit the avid Sunday shopper. It’s a great way to spend a couple of hours on Sunday morning perusing the stalls to see the quality produce and goods on display.

What's On?

There is plenty of choice when it comes to produce sold at the Brixton Farmers Market. Stalls featured include

  • Freshly sourced fruit and vegetables
  • Cheeses
  • Flowers
  • Bread, cakes and jams
  • Fresh meat and poultry
  • Groceries

There are also food stalls where visitors can buy delicious snacks too.

Brixton Farmers Market Image

Finally

There are excellent travel options to choose from when coming to the market including tube services, bus services and if you are feeling generous taxi services.

  • Brixton Market Traders' Federation
  • Community Interest Company
  • Registration No.6955281
  • Brixton Station Road
  • London
  • SW9 8PD

Winchester Farmers Market Hampshire

Winchester Farmers Market

There are a number of farmers markets that take place in Hampshire with Winchester Farmers Market being one of the best. The Winchester market takes place on the High Street from 9am to 2pm on the last Sunday of the month. Winchester is the biggest of the Hampshire Farmers Markets and is an award winning event.

What's On

Winchester Farmers Market Image

The Winchester Farmers Market hosts over ninety stalls making it one of the largest markets in the UK. The next scheduled market is on November 29th 2015. Naturally with so many stalls there is a wealth of product choices to be found here some of which include

  • Fresh fruit and vegetables
  • Cheeses and honey
  • Free range pork and pork products
  • Lamb and beef
  • Bread and bakery
  • Livestock
  • Pizzas
  • Flowers and plants
  • Charcoal and logs
  • Savoury pies
  • Wines
  • Juices

Finally

There is plenty of parking for visitors to the market with the Jewery Street car park just round the corner from the High Street. There are also car parks on Upper Brook Street and Cossack Lane with both conveniently located for the High Street. Further information is available from the website.

  • Winchester Farmers Market
  • High Street
  • SO23 9BL
  • Tele 01420 588671

Orton Farmers Market Cumbria

Orton Farmers Market

Orton Farmers Market hosts over thirty five stalls selling amazing local produce whose quality is second to none. The market runs every second Saturday of the month from 9am to 2-30pm in an amazing location that is to the east of the Lake District National Park. With wonderful local produce and amazing crafts on sale visitors will find there is something for everyone who loves to peruse market stalls here!

What's On?

Orton Farmers Market is affiliated to FARMA therefore works within the parameters of what the organisation expects from its members. Visitors are assured of quality produce when purchasing at the market, while the array of goods on sale is superb and includes

  • Veal
  • Cheeses
  • Traditionally reared pork, venison and poultry
  • Fell reared lamb and beef
  • Organic fruit and veg
  • Cakes, jams and sweet products
  • Mustards, piccalilli, chutney and relishes
  • Wines
  • Crafts
  • Plants
  • Refreshments
  • Handmade silver jewellery

Everything on sale at the market comes from within a fifty mile radius of Orton meaning visitors really are sampling local produce as promised.

Orton Farmers Market Image

Finally

Orton is located just two miles from the M6 motorway. Leave at junction 38 onto the B6260. The Sat Nav postcode is CA10 3RU. Should you wish to contact the market organisers the details are as follows but bear in mind that this is not the location of the market itself.

  • Orton Farmers Market
  • C/O Raisgill Hall Farm
  • Tebay
  • Near Penrith
  • Cumbria
  • CA10 3UB
  • Tele 07969 335 598

Yorkshire Farmers Market Otley

Otley Farmers Market

Otley in West Yorkshire is a lovely market town that sits close to Ilkley Moor and the Yorkshire Dales beyond. On the last Sunday of the month the centrally located market square in Otley is taken over by the Farmers Market from 9am to 1pm. The centre of Otley has plenty of cafes, restaurants and bars for visitors to enjoy as they will also enjoy the traditional market town that Otley is famed for.

What's On?

Otley Farmers Market Image

Otley Farmers Market sells amazing produce that is locally sourced and in most cases is organically farmed. Stall holders are renowned for their warm Yorkshire welcome and are happy to chat and advise visitors should they require it. Why not go along and sample some of the delicious foodstuffs on offer that include

  • Fresh Fruit and Veg
  • Jams honey and preserves
  • Fresh Homemade Breads
  • Eggs
  • Pork, Bacon, Beef and Pies, Ostrich Meat
  • Fish
  • Italian Food
  • Indian Food
  • Plants and Flowers
  • Delicious Handmade Chocolates
  • Locally Brewed Beers

Finally

Otley has coach parking facilities that are relatively new but were required due to the town's popularity with tourists. Drop off points are outside Argos in the town centre and Boroughgate.  Regular bus services run from Leeds, Ilkley, Skipton and Bradford, while a convenient shuttle service runs to the train station in Otley offering train connections to both Bradford and Leeds. Transport services couldn't be better, while the town has a number of sign-posted car parks too. The next market is on November 29th 2015.

  • Otley Farmers Market
  • Otley Market Square
  • Otley
  • Near Leeds
  • West Yorkshire

Hexham Farmers Market

Hexham Farmers Market

Hexham Farmers Market is located in the centre of Hexham Northumberland and is a market that is recognised by FARMA. All the produce sold at the market comes from within a fifty mile radius, while the market trades every second and fourth Saturday of the month. November markets take place on the 14th and 28th between 9am and 1.30pm, while their special Christmas market takes place on December 12th 2015.

What's On?

The market sells a vast array of amazing produce that includes

  • Locally reared meat
  • Organic beef, lamb and pork
  • Trout and trout products
  • Fresh fruit and vegetables
  • Bread
  • Cakes, jams and eggs
  • Honey and honey products
  • Selection of cheeses
  • Pies and pasties
  • Plants, flowers and holly wreaths
  • Curries, salamis and sauces

Over thirty different producers sell at the market that also sells woollen garments and crafts. Hexham Farmers Market also features seasonal events such as "guess the weight of the pumpkin" at Halloween, while there is very often live music at the market too.

Hexham Farmers Market Image

Transport and Parking

Hexham Farmers Market can be found in the central market square in the town which is just off the A69. Hexham has three great car parks and transport services into the town run regularly.

  • Hexham Farmers Market
  • C/O 3 Hexham Road
  • Wark
  • Hexham
  • Northumberland
  • NE46 1XQ
  • Tele +44 1434 230605

Moseley Farmers Market

Moseley Farmers Market

Moseley Farmers Market takes place on the last Saturday of the month in the centre of Moseley Village on the green. The market runs from 9am till 2pm, while the Arts Market also runs across the road from the farmers market from March through to December. Moseley is just three miles from Birmingham City Centre, while the market has been running successfully since 2000.

What's On?

Moseley Farmers Market offers a vast selection of foods and goods for visitors to purchase and there is certainly plenty to see and do on market day. Produce on sale here includes

  • Poultry and Game
  • Red Meats
  • Fruit Vegetables and Salad
  • Eggs Cheese and Dairy
  • Breads and Cakes
  • Honey and Preserves
  • Chocolate
  • Handmade Goods
  • Firewood
  • Plants and Flowers
  • Drinks

The market has been shortlisted for the Best Farmers Market in the UK Award and with some sixty plus traders setting up stall here this fabulous farmers market is well worth visiting!

Moseley Farmers Market Image

Parking and Transport

Drivers will find the market south of Birmingham. Take the M42 leaving at junction 3 onto the A435 road. The Sat Nav postcode for parking is B13 8HJ. There are a number of car parks in the area that are sign-posted, while the numbers 1, 35 and 50 bus services run from Birmingham City Centre regularly.

  • Moseley Farmers Market
  • Village Green
  • Moseley
  • B13 8HW
  • Tele 0121 449 3156

The Goods Shed Canterbury Farmers Market

Canterbury The Goods Shed

The Goods Shed Restaurant and Food Hall also hosts a daily farmers market selling a vast array of amazing produce that is second to none! Established in 2002, on Station Road West in Canterbury the restaurant uses produce sold at the farmers market in all its restaurant dishes. This permanent market is one of the only farmers markets that open six days a week. Market days are Tuesday to Saturday from 9am to 7pm and 10am to 4pm Sundays. The market is closed on Mondays.

What's On?

This amazing market really is a gem and sells a huge selection of produce meaning there is something here to please most visitors. Goods include

  • An amazing fish stall selling every type of fish imaginable
  • Free range meat and game sourced from local farms
  • Cheeses from Canterbury cheese makers
  • Fruit Vegetables and nuts
  • Speciality foods from Spain and France
  • Traditional vegetarian foods
  • Fine Wines

The onsite restaurant is wonderful and serves great breakfasts, lunches and dinners, seasonal banquets and delicious dishes. The restaurant is located on a raised mezzanine area overlooking the market. Visitors can spend a whole day here there is so much to see and do, while the Goods Shed also provides a personal shopper service too.

Canterbury The Goods Shed Image

Parking and Transport

The market boasts an on-site car park, while for those who fancy a stroll it takes just five minutes to walk to the Goods Shed from Canterbury town centre. The market is sited next to Canterbury Railway Station conveniently placed for those arriving by train.

  • The Goods Shed Canterbury Farmers Market
  • Station Road West
  • Canterbury
  • CT2 8AN
  • Tele 01227 459 153

Cheltenham Farmers Market

Cheltenham Farmers Market

Cheltenham Farmers Market takes place on the second and last Friday of the month from 9am to 2pm on the towns promenade and is well worth visiting if you are in the Cotswolds area. The market has been trading for twelve years now and has grown from strength to strength (there are over forty stalls) proving very popular with traders and visitors alike. Parking is facilitated for traders with stalls priced at £32.00 for those who are interested in trading here.

What's On?

So, what produce can we expect to buy at the market? Stalls trading here include

  • Fresh meats
  • Charcuterie
  • Fresh fruit and vegetables
  • Pickles and preserves
  • Cakes and Bread
  • Cheeses
  • Plants and flowers
  • Desserts

All produce is locally grown and sourced and during December the market moves down the road a little in order to make way for the Christmas Market.

Cheltenham Farmers Market Image

Transport and Parking

Cheltenham is located just off the M5 motorway and has excellent transport links.

  • Cheltenham Farmers Market
  • The Promenade
  • Cheltenham
  • Gloucestershire
  • GL50

Notting Hill Farmers Market

Notting Hill Farmers Market

Established since 1999 Notting Hill Farmers Market is located just behind Notting Hill Tube Station. You would think hidden away like this that the traders don't want any customers but once visitors discover the market they return again and again such is the quality of the produce sold here. The market takes place every Saturday from 9am to 1pm in the car park behind Waterstones book shop. The market comes under the London Markets banner who operate so local farmers can sell their produce at prices that are fair and reasonable.

What's On?

Stalls here offer a spectacular range of fresh produce to whet your appetite selling delicious goods such as

  • Cheeses
  • Honey from local bee keepers
  • Fish
  • Beef lamb pork and pies
  • Poultry all free range and organic
  • Dairy and eggs
  • Fruit and vegetables
  • Pasta products and cooked local foods
  • Fresh breads and cakes with many gluten free options
  • Wines and juices
  • Plants and flowers

Many of the stall holders have permanent pitches now and are from the local area. Much of the produce is organically grown and produced offering quality that is second to none, while all London Markets including Notting Hill are certified by FARMA.

Notting Hill Image

Parking and Transport

Notting Hill is of course serviced by its own tube station which is very close to the market. Please visit the London Transport website for further details.

  • Notting Hill Farmers Market
  • Car Park
  • Kensington Church Street
  • Kensington
  • London
  • W11 3LQ