A guide to the UK’s best farmers' markets

Events, Food and Drink, Working Farm

Posted by Hayley Kitto on 11th November 2020

A guide to the UK’s best farmers' markets

Does the thought of a delicious local hamper of foodie treats tickle your taste buds? Imagine creamy and tangy local cheeses, freshly baked flavoursome breads and fluffy scones still warm from the oven, topped with thick cream and sweet homely jams. Or perhaps, earthy wholesome vegetables and organic fruit; smoked fish and cured meats, each with individual tastes capturing the flavours of the region that nurtured them.

We’ve put together a tasty guide of all the local farmers' markets around the UK that 'tick all the boxes' for delicious local foods. Taste the enticing different flavours of the country by visiting these appetising hot-spots.

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Truro and Falmouth

South West

Truro and Falmouth

Head to Truro for their award-winning market held every Wednesday and Saturday. Pick up anything from meat and dairy, fruit and veg, savoury breads and sweet preserves. If you're inspired for more finger-licking Cornish cuisine, nip down to Falmouth on a Tuesday and head to ‘The Moor’. Famous for its seafood splendour and oyster festivals, you won’t be short of local cuisine at Falmouth's Farmers' Market, backed by the gorgeous seafront.

Tavistock

Just across the border into Devon and the beautiful Tamar Valley, step into the traditional market town of Tavistock. Sample the fine creamy taste of the country cheeses and browse around the stallholder’s trade-stands selling everything from locally made handcrafted gifts and fresh produce, to local antiquities. The Tavistock Farmers' Market is held on the second and fourth week of every month, this is a treasured town for a taste of Devon not to be missed.

Taunton

Tavistock

Taunton market local farmers and producers will only be too pleased to share information about their bounties of Somerset delicacies at Taunton's Farmer's Market. Look for a wide selection of regional cheeses, free-range and organic meat and eggs, chutneys, cakes and many more local specialties. Held every Thursday, why not browse the 25 stalls stuffed with local goodies and take some home with you?

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south of england

South Coast

Winchester

Every other month, Winchester's farmers' market comes to the city. You can be sure that all of the incredible produce on offer comes from local farmers and suppliers from Hampshire. From fresh fruit and veg to organic soap made from goat's milk, you'll find a superb choice of goods each week, to tempt your tastebuds.

Ripley 

More than 30 stalls of seasonal, locally farmed or produced goods including speciality foods, crafts and plants. The market, established in 2005, is held on Ripley Green on the second Saturday of the month and all proceeds go towards funding good works in the village.

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Tavistock

Heart of England

Cheltenham Spa

During the second and last Friday of every month from 9am – 3pm, this vibrant market has recently been declared the best farmers' market in Gloucestershire by Cotswold Life. If that isn’t enough to tempt you to pay a visit, maybe the thought of the sweet and sticky freshly made desserts will alongside stalls packed full of plants, meats, Cotswold cheese and local fruit and vegetables.

Stroud 

Voted Best Farmers' Market in the UK 2013 by FARMA for the second time running, Stroud's market is certainly one of Britain’s most renowned, regularly appearing on TV shows. Held every Saturday from 9am-2pm head to Cornhill Market Place and hunt through the award-winning stalls for local produce and hand crafted goods ranging from chutneys and cakes, Cotswolds cheeses and organic vegetables to handmade soaps, scrumptious snacks and smoked specialities and more; all gathered and made from a 17 mile radius. What more could you ask for a local harvest of treats?

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North of England

Moseley

Moseley market is held once a month on the last Friday, Moseley Market has about 50 stalls and offers a wide range of locally grown and sourced produce that's as tasty as it is healthy. It is one of the best farmer's markets in the Midlands and the North of England.

Orton

With more than 25 local farmers, growers, producers and craftsmen, variety is guaranteed in Orton Market Hall. As well as making local foods more available they support town centre regeneration schemes and aim to reduce the environmental impact of the food trade.

Otley

Set in the glorious Yorkshire Dales, the market takes place on the last Sunday of each month and is full of jams, honey, preserves, fresh eggs, homemade bread, plants and herbs.

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Tavistock

East of England

Loddon

Everything at Loddon farmers’ market has been produced in East Anglia. All food and drink sold must have been grown, reared, caught, brewed, pickled, baked, or processed in the region. Buying locally reduces the distance from field to fork.  With around 30 stalls, Loddon Farmers’ Market offers a superb selection of local Norfolk and Suffolk produce.  It is held on the second and fourth Saturdays of each month in the Jubilee Hall on George Lane.

Beccles

They certainly know a thing or two about selling quality local produce at the Beccles farmers' market as they are celebrating our 20th anniversary this year! The event offers visitors around 30 stalls and they meet twice a month making it one of the biggest rural markets in the UK. 

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Haverfordwest

Wales

Haverfordwest

Every Friday, up to 50 stallholders come together for Haverfordwest's farmers' market along the riverside of Haverfordwest to offer visitors and locals alike, a bounty of home-reared meats, award-winning cheeses, and an interesting collection of shellfish and seafood stalls. There’s plenty to see in this outdoor market in the heart of Haverfordwest’s community so if you’re passing make sure to pay a visit!

Riverside Market Cardiff

Cardiff

Located close to Cardiff city centre, this popular  farmers' market isn’t hard to miss. Head to the banks of the River Taff on a Sunday between 10am -2pm to stock up on fresh local and international foods, bursting full of flavours.

Swansea 

As the biggest indoor market in Wales, the Swansea Farmers' Market, you can expect to uncover a hoard of yummy local delicacies. From laverbread and Welsh cakes to cockles and regional cheeses, enjoy browsing over 100 stalls stuffed with produce as local as their traders; many who have served the people of Swansea for generations.

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Edinburgh Farmers' Market

Scotland

Edinburgh 

The largest farmers' market in Scotland, Edinburgh's Farmers' Market  is held every Saturday on Castle Terrace, under the magnificent presence of Edinburgh Castle itself. Snap up some of Scotland’s finest meats, honey, seafood, pates and seasonal vegetables from the abundance of primary specialist producers. Soak up a real traditional atmosphere.

Loch Lomond 

The shores of Loch Lomond at Balloch are full on the first and third Sunday of every month with local produce. What’s available varies greatly with the seasons but there’s usually cheese, bread, chutney, oils and meats on Ben Lomond Way.

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Disclaimer: Whilst every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the information at the time of writing, please ensure you check carefully before making any decisions based on the contents within this article.