Gloucestershire farmers' markets guide

Supporting local farmers and keeping food miles low, shop at one of Gloucestershire’s farmers’ markets for fresh, seasonal, organic and free range produce, as well as arts, crafts and more.

The SoGlos guide to Gloucestershire farmers’ markets will point you in the right direction, whether you’re looking for seasonal fruit and veg for your family feasts, unique condiments and local cheeses to impress at an upcoming dinner party, or just fancy treating yourself to a homemade cake.

With hundreds of stallholders and farmers offering everything from freshly-caught fish to locally-reared meats, organic cordials and ciders to meals-to-go, and even some crafts and seasonal flowers, there really is something to satisfy every food, drink and culture connoisseur in Gloucestershire.

Farmers’ markets in Cheltenham

Venue: The Promenade, Cheltenham
When: The second and last Friday of every month, from 9am to 3pm.
Expect to find: More than 30 bright and bustling stalls from farmers and businesses within a 30-mile radius, that showcase and sell a wide array of delectable delights, including meats and charcuterie; fresh fruit and veg; preserves and pickles; devilish desserts and homemade cakes; artisan breads and even some plants and flowers to tempt the non-foodie passersby.
SoGlos loves: Organisers of the market run a strict accreditation scheme, which means that all stallholders must prove that their produce has been grown, reared or processed on their premises without the use of unnecessary bought-in ingredients. What’s more, the stallholders must also be closely associated with the production of their products, or a close family member, so that they can advise customers on exactly where the food has come from and how it was made.
For more info: Call Cotswold Markets directly on (01608) 652662.

Farmers’ markets in the Cotswolds

Venue: Market Place, Cirencester
When: The second and fourth Saturday of every month, from 8.30am to 1.30pm.
Expect to find: More seasonal fruit and veg than you can shake a stick at, including in-demand asparagus during the spring and the sweetest strawberries in the summer, as well as locally-sourced, organic meats, free-range poultry, choice cheeses and dairy, and even the odd cupcake stall.
SoGlos loves: The friendly, helpful faces behind every stall at the market, who are always on hand to help with recipe ideas and cooking instructions, and to tell customers the stories behind the sourcing and sustainability of their produce.
For more info: Call Cirencester Town Council on (01285) 655646.

Venue: Market Square, Stow-on-the-Wold
When: The second Thursday of every month, plus the last Thursday from May to September, from 9am to 1pm.
Expect to find: Between 15 and 20 stalls boasting a fine range of produce from the local area, including farmhouse cheeses; freshly-caught trout from the nearby lake; wines, ciders and apple juices; freshly-baked bread and pastries; plenty of locally-reared meats; and fresh vegetables – simple and wholesome food that you can guarantee has been grown or reared in an environmentally-friendly fashion.
SoGlos loves: The picture postcard location of Market Square, which sits around the village green where the old stocks are located – steeped in history, these date back to the 15th century and are quite the tourist attraction to this day.
For more info: Call Fresh-n-Local Farmers Markets on (01453) 758060.

Venue: Countrywide Stores, Bourton-on-the-Water
When: The fourth Sunday of every month, from 9.30am to 1pm.
Expect to find: A huge variety of quirky stalls selling everything your fridge could desire, including fresh from the fields; meats and just-caught fish; seasonal fruit and veg; free range eggs; pickles and preserves; creamy cheeses; and the finest ice-creams the Cotswolds has to offer.
SoGlos loves: Pick up some treats from the market and enjoy a picnic along the banks of the River Windrush, a beautiful spot for soaking up the picturesque village on a summer’s day.
For more info: Call Cotswold District Council on (01285) 623000.

Farmers’ markets in Gloucester

Venue: The Cross, Gloucester
When: Every Friday from 9am to 3pm.
Expect to find: More than 24 vendors each week trading from full-size traditional stalls, creating a bustling, farming hub in the city centre location. Filled with a wide range of quality local food and drink, keen foodies will find everything from award-winning cheeses, wines and ciders, to prime meats and poultry straight from the farm. The cornucopia of local delights also boasts fresh fruit and veg from local growers, including Over Farm; a bounty of herbs and spices; deliciously warm artisan breads; plus a variety of Mediterranean and Asian hot food and snacks for the more discerning palate in need of instant sustenance.
SoGlos loves: The team behind the Gloucester market, Fresh-n-Local Farmers, also operate the hugely successful Stroud Farmers’ Market and offer, space permitting, free stalls to local charities and community groups.
For more info: Call Fresh-n-Local Farmers Markets on (01453) 758060.

Farmers’ markets in Stroud

Venue: Cornhill Market Place, Stroud
When: Every Saturday from 9am to 2pm.
Expect to find: One of the biggest, busiest and most popular farmers’ markets in the UK, boasting between 45 and 60 stalls each week and up to 10 organic producers selling food and drink to the masses. On top of heaps of local produce, including cooked food stalls all year round, there is also a wide range of traditional and contemporary crafts, a market café for a welcome rest and even a buskers’ corner. Smell the free-range sausages and organic burgers sizzling away on-site, be tempted to try the Thai snacks, and take your time browsing the growers’ stalls, which offer everything from sunflowers and crunchy sweet corn to Christmas trees, according to the season.
SoGlos loves: As well as often being featured in the likes of The Observer, The Times and The Guardian Weekend, Stroud Farmers’ Market has appeared on Blue Peter, Rick Stein’s Food Heroes and even had The Hairy Bikers stop by to film for a series. What’s more, it has won countless awards, proving that Stroud is quite possibly the place to be for local foodies on a Saturday morning.
For more info: Call Fresh-n-Local Farmers Markets on (01453) 758060.

Venue: Town Hall, Dursley
When: The second Saturday of every month from March to December, from 8.30am to 1pm.
Expect to find: A good range of high quality and local produce from stalls staffed by the local producers themselves, including fresh farm meats; award-winning jams; seasonal fruit and veg; cheeses; homebaked breads and cakes; free range eggs; and delicious fudge, as well as plants for all the seasons.
SoGlos loves: Teas, coffees and homemade cakes are served in the upstairs gallery at the Town Hall during market opening times, giving visitors the chance to enjoy a welcome rest after stocking-up on local produce.
For more info: Call Rosie Coates on 07721 727017.

Venue: Mortimer Gardens, Nailsworth
When: The fourth Saturday of every month, from 9am to 1pm.
Expect to find: Up to 20 stalls filled with locally-grown and reared produce such as fresh vegetables; tender meats; crumbly cheeses; homemade cakes; and delicious jams and honeys for those with a sweet tooth. There are also usually some local craft stalls offering anything from stone ornaments to handmade soaps and cards.
SoGlos loves: The festival atmosphere created by the live music that’s often found at Nailsworth Farmers’ Market.
For more info: Call Sue Arnold on (01453) 839145.

Venue: Town Hall, Wotton-under-Edge
When: The first Saturday of every month except January, from 9am to 1pm.
Expect to find: Mouth-watering meats and poultry from local farms alongside an array of seasonal fruit and vegetables; homemade pies; pasties, cakes and preserves; sweeter-than-sweet honey; and plants galore for the budding horticulturalists in attendance.
SoGlos loves: Organisers do their bit for a good cause, by hosting a guest or local charity stall each month.
For more info: Call Steve Carpenter on 077389 31240.

Venue: Minchinhampton Market House, Bell Lane, Minchinhampton
When: Every Thursday, from 8.30am to 11am.
Expect to find: A warm welcome and a wide range of local produce awaits foodies upstairs in Minchinhampton Market House, just a stone’s throw away from the famous common. Stock up on everything from plants, preserves and sweet or savoury baked goods, to free-range eggs, seasonal fruit and veg, and flowers in all forms. Plus, the weekly market also offers hand-crafted goods, gifts and soft furnishings, in addition to serving teas, coffees, cold drinks and homemade cake throughout the morning.
SoGlos loves: Anyone over the age of 16 can become a producer and sell their home-produced goods at the Minchinhampton Market House, organisers just take a 10 per cent commission to cover costs – perfect for the budding entrepreneur’s first step on the business ladder.
For more info: Call Wendy Bacon on (01453) 824779.

Farmers’ markets in Tewkesbury

Venue: Abbey Lawns Car Park, Gander Lane, Tewkesbury, GL20 5PG
When: The second Saturday of every month, from 9am to 1.30pm.
Expect to find: Everything from fresh local meats, homemade cakes, breads, preserves, pies, seasonal fruit and vegetables, along with a selection of local beers and ciders.
SoGlos loves: The market also throws the spotlight on a host of traditional and contemporary crafts made by local artists and craftspeople and is the perfect place to find unique gifts, be it a piece of jewellery, glassware or candles.
For more info: Call Cotswold Markets on (01608) 652662.

© SoGlos
Monday 05 June 2017

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