Gloucester Farmers' Market - Photo by: TrekEarth.com
Farmers' Markets are a great way to support your local farmers, by buying fresh local produce from the people who actually make, rear or grow it. It’s also a good way to compliment your supermarket shopping, as it adds nutrition and healthy ingredients to your diet. Farmers’ markets are typically lively events, and feature colourful characters that are experts in their field. What makes the Cotswolds farmers’ markets stand out is that they adhere to the 30-mile local food-sourcing rule, meaning that you only get the very best local ingredients and produce, so if you want fresh, food from farms which are a stone’s throw from where you buy it, then you really can’t do better than this.
Here are just a few of the most popular Farmers’ Markets in the Cotswolds:
Cheltenham - 9am - 3pm on 2nd and 4th Fridays of the month
Situated in the heart of the town’s centre, outside Cavendish House on the Promenade, you’ll find a wide variety of stalls selling anything from bread, cheese, cakes, meats, fruits and vegetables, to pickles, preserves and plants.
Cirencester - 9am -1pm on 2nd and 4th Saturdays
This farmers’ market is located in the Market Place, where the town’s locals get the chance to purchase meat, vegetables, fresh milk and cream and much more. Stallholders include Chesterton Farm Shop, Hayles Fruit Farm, Angel Bakery and Yara’s Fudge.
Gloucester - 9am - 3pm every Friday
Gloucester farmers market is proud to sell produce from local traders that they have either made, bred, baked, brewed, pickled, preserved or caught themselves. With an emphasis on bringing goods to the public direct from the producers, Gloucester market is renowned for its lively and friendly atmosphere.
Nailsworth - 9am - 1pm every 4th Saturday
Situated between the A46 and Old Market in the Mortimer Gardens, Nailsworth boasts around twenty stalls, not just full of locally grown and produced meat, fruit and vegetables, cheese, bread and cakes, but also including craft stalls selling handmade cards, jewellery, soaps and ornaments. There’s also live music, which makes this market a little different from the norm.
Stow - 9am - 1pm every 2nd Thursday
Stow on the Wold is undoubtedly one of the most quintessential English Cotswold towns, with narrow streets of golden stone, and quirky independent stores. Their Farmers Market reflects its character, and features a wide range of local produced goods, from cider, wines, apple juices, local cheeses, freshly caught trout, locally bred meats and bread and pastries.
Stroud - 9am - 2pm every Saturday
Arguably the most famous and well known within the Cotswolds and often frequented by some of the area’s famous chefs. This multi-award winning market is so popular that it has been featured in national newspapers such as The Sunday Telegraph, The Observer, The Independent, The Guardian Weekend and The Times, amongst many others. It’s also one of the largest in the Cotswold’s, with around 60 stalls, which feature a variety of fresh fruit and vegetables, as well as cooked produce.
Wotton-under-Edge - 9am - 1pm on 1st Saturday in the month
Finally, this is one of the few indoor markets, located within the Town Hall, where you can find anything from local meats from nearby farms, plants, locally produced honey and preserves, homemade cakes and pasties. This market also features stalls from regional craftspeople, and there’s even room for a local charity stall.
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