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Ten top farmers’ markets

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With CPRE proudly backing local food we celebrate ten of the finest farmers’ markets around England

ashton market hall openining ceremony1. Ashton Farmers’ and Producers’ Market

Ashton-under-Lyne, Lancashire

There has been a market ground in Ashton since 1284, and while the intervening centuries may have seen the area transform from rural to industrial, the monthly Farmers’ and Producers’ Market is keeping alive the tradition of selling local food. Held on the last Sunday of every month, the farmers’ market is one of the largest in the North West, with around 70 stalls. Produce includes everything from lamb and venison to cheeses, chutneys and fudge.

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2. Borough Market

Southwark, London

borough market traderLondoners enjoy a number of excellent-quality food and farmers’ markets, such as Queen’s Park Farmers’ Market in Brent and Walthamstow Farmers’ Market in Waltham Forest, but Borough Market is one of the oldest and best established, with a blue plaque marking its history as the capital’s oldest fruit and veg market. While today’s market includes food from all over the world, it boasts a fantastic selection of British fare, and many stallholders are also the makers, growers and producers of their stock. The market is open every Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

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3. Hexham Farmers’ Market

Hexham, Northumberland

cooking demonstration at hexham marketSelling produce sourced within 50 miles of Hexham, this bustling market has a distinctly local feel. Promising fresh, seasonal food at a fair price, over the course of the year it also hosts cookery demonstrations, live music and seasonal events such as an Apple Day in October. The market takes place every second and fourth Saturday of the month.

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4. Moseley Farmers’ Market

Birmingham, West Midlands

Homselection of wines at moseley markete to more than 50 stalls representing farms and other local food producers, this bustling market takes place in the centre of Moseley on every fourth Saturday of the month. It won Farmers’ Market of the Year at this year’s industry Oscars, the FARMA (National Farmers’ Retail & Markets Association) awards.

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5. Orton Farmers’ Market

Orton, Cumbria

In the peaceful Cumbrian village ofcake display orton farmers market Orton, this popular market is held on the second Saturday of the month. Alongside top-quality local baked goods, meats, dairy and veg, you’ll find delicacies such as fresh trout, potted shrimps, local wine, speciality mustards and traditional butter, curds and whey.

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6. Otley Farmers’ Market

Otley, West Yorkshire

Highlightedfresh and organic fruits otley farmers market in CPRE’s local food mapping work as an example of foodie excellence, this successful market sells fresh and organic goods direct from producers, and has grown from a simple outfit of just 12 stalls to as many as 50 during peak season. Visitors flock to Otley on the last Sunday of the month to pick up tasty Yorkshire produce, which includes pies, preserves, bread, cupcakes and confectionery.

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7. Ripley Farmers’ Market

Ripley, Surrey
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Run by a charity staffed entirely by volunteers, this friendly rural market takes place on the village green in Ripley on the second Saturday of the month, and uses its proceeds to support local good causes. With a real community feel, the market also hosts occasional cookery and farming demonstrations, dog shows and family events.

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8. Stroud Farmers’ Market

Stroud, Gloucestershire

organic breads stroud farmers marketThis popular Cotswolds market has won numerous awards, and it’s easy to see why. Running weekly on Saturday mornings, it is packed with delicious produce, not to mention takeaway hot food such as organic burgers and Niang’s Thai snacks made with free-range local chicken. Seasonal specialities include asparagus, sunflowers, sweetcorn and Christmas trees.

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9. Tavistock Farmers’ Market

Tavistock, Devon

Held in the square of this historic market town, Tavistjams and preserves tavistock marketock Farmers’ Market is one of the most popular in the South West. Billed as a treasure trove of fresh local produce, the market takes place on the second and fourth Saturdays of each month. It sells delicious Devonshire foods, including meat, game, fruit and veg, honey, pâté, goats’ cheese and cider.

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10. Winchester Farmers’ Market

Winchester, Hampshire

Offering everything from local River Itchen trout to ostla chocolates hampshire marketrich and water buffalo steaks, there’s a huge amount of choice on offer at this Winchester institution – little wonder that it’s a favourite with foodies, as well as the UK’s largest farmers’ market. Held on the second and last Sunday of every month, with more than 90 stalls, the market sells local produce from all over Hampshire and within 10 miles of the borders.

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