Wednesday 11 December 2019

14 must-visit Gloucestershire farmers' markets

Supporting local farmers and keeping food miles low, shop for fresh, seasonal, organic and free-range produce, as well as arts, crafts and more, at our pick of must-visit farmers’ markets in Gloucestershire and the Cotswolds.

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, Gloucestershire has an abundance of farmers’ markets just waiting to be explored.

With stallholders and farmers offering everything from locally-reared meats and organic fruit and veg, to craft beer and meals-to-go, there really is something to satisfy every food, drink and culture connoisseur, with SoGlos selecting 14 must-visit Gloucestershire farmers’ markets.

1. Stroud

Stroud is 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 at Cornhill Market Place.

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 café for a welcome rest and even a buskers’ corner, with the award-winning market taking place every Saturday from 9am to 2pm.

2. Cheltenham

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More than 30 bright and bustling stalls from farmers and businesses within a 30-mile radius of Cheltenham line The Promenade from 9am to 2pm on the second and last Friday of every month.

The market showcases and sells 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 non-foodie passers-by.

3. Gloucester

Every Friday from 9am to 3pm, The Cross in Gloucester is transformed into a bustling, farming hub when more than 20 vendors take up temporary residence to sell 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, with a cornucopia of seasonal delights including fresh fruit and veg from local growers along with a variety of hot food snacks.

4. Tewkesbury

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Local farmers and producers pitch up at Abbey Car Park in Tewkesbury on the second Saturday of the month to sell an array of local delights, spanning fresh local meats, homemade cakes, breads, preserves, pies, seasonal fruit and vegetables, along with a selection of local beers and ciders.

Open from 9am to 1.30pm and benefitting from the striking backdrop of Tewkesbury Abbey, shoppers can also find a range of traditional and contemporary crafts for sale, with many pieces made by local artists and craftspeople.

5. Cirencester

Head to Cirencester on the second and fourth Saturday of every month for more seasonal fruit and veg than you can shake a stick at, along with locally-sourced, organic meats, free-range poultry, choice cheeses and dairy, and even the odd cupcake stall.

Held at Market Place from 8.30am to 1.30pm, shoppers can discover delights from a range of local producers and makers including Gloucester’s Over Farm, Corinium Ales, Hobbs House Bakery, the Costwold Curer and more.

6. Stow-on-the-Wold

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Visit the charming Cotswold market town of Stow-on-the-Wold on the second Thursday of every month to stock up on an array of fine local produce at its bustling farmers’ market.

From 9am to 1pm shoppers can peruse the 20 or so stalls that line Market Square, spanning everything from farmhouse cheeses and wines, ciders, juices, to freshly-baked bread and pastries, along with plenty of locally-reared meats and fruit and veg.

7. Nailsworth

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From 9am to 1pm on the fourth Saturday of each month, stallholders descend on Nailsworth’s Mortimer Gardens to sell a host of 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, while there’s often live music to provide a lively and friendly atmosphere for shoppers.

8. Wotton-under-Edge

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Mouth-watering meats and poultry from local farms alongside an array of seasonal fruit and vegetables, homemade pies, pasties, cakes and preserves, and sweeter-than-sweet honey can be found at Wotton-under-Edge’s monthly farmers’ market.

Taking place in the Town Hall from 9am to 1pm on the first Saturday of every month, the market is the perfect spot to pick up seasonal ingredients, while shoppers can also expect plants galore – perfect for any budding horticulturalists in attendance.

9. Minchinchampton

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A warm welcome and a wide range of local produce await foodies upstairs in Minchinhampton Market House, just a stone’s throw away from the famous common.

Local producers and artisans set up stalls every Thursday from 8.30am to 11am, with the chance to stock up on everything from plants and flowers, preserves and sweet or savoury baked goods, to free-range eggs, seasonal fruit and veg, along with a selection of crafts.

10. Dursley

Head to Dursley’s Market Place on the second Saturday of every month to shop for high quality and local produce, with everything from fresh farm meats, award-winning jams, seasonal fruit and veg, cheeses, home-baked breads and cakes, free range eggs, and delicious fudge, as well as plants for all the seasons.

Held from 8.30am to 1pm from March to December, stalls are manned by local producers themselves, while shoppers can enjoy tea, coffee and homemade cakes in the Town Hall for the perfect start to the weekend.

11. Bourton-on-the-Water

The popular village of Bourton-on-the-Water, known as the Venice of the Cotswolds, hosts a popular farmers’ market on the fourth Sunday of every month, with shoppers treated to a huge variety of quirky stalls selling everything your fridge and stomach could desire.

Expect to find produce fresh from the fields; local 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, with the event held at Countrywide Farmers from 9.30am to 1pm.

12. Tetbury

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Tetbury plays host to a market every Wednesday and Saturday, with stallholders gathering in the centre of the Cotswold market town to sell an array of local produce along with plants and crafts.

Held in and around the town’s iconic Market House building, visitors can expect to find a range of seasonal delights, while from June to September, the first Wednesday of the month focuses on craft.

13. Winchcombe

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Shop for local delights and seasonal ingredients at Winchcombe farmers’ market, taking place every Thursday from 9am to 10.30am outside Guide Hall, and on the third Saturday of every month from 9am to 12pm outside the Town Hall.

Expect a handful of stalls selling everything from home-baked cakes and savoury goodies to locally grown fruit and veg, along with homemade jams and preserves, while there are also a range of artisans showcasing an array of crafts and handmade gifts.

14. Chipping Norton

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Head just over the border on the third Saturday of the month to pick up seasonal ingredients, store-cupboard staples and on-the-go snacks at Chipping Norton’s popular Cotswold farmers’ market.

Held at Market Place from 8.30am to 1.30pm, shoppers can expect to find stalls selling everything from organic cheeses and local honey to delicious baked goods and plentiful produce, offering all you need to rustle up a tempting weekend feast.

By Anna Marshall

© SoGlos
Wednesday 01 November 2017

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