Six of the best British farmers’ markets

For local specialities, fresh food delights and homemade treats nothing can beat a British farmers’ market. With so many quality British farmers’ markets available choosing the best can never be easy, so it is probably safer to say: here are six you should not miss. Do continue to keep your eyes peeled for the hundreds of other opportunities to get stuck into premium local produce and show your support for British farmers.

Winchester Farmers’ Market

The bi-monthly festival of local produce hosted in Winchester is worth a visit for the stall selling nineteen varieties of delicious handmade ice cream alone. Winchester is the largest farmers’ market in the country, with 95 stalls that attract a spectacular 16,000 people who sample the succulent hog roasts, drizzle the delicate herb dressings, obtain obscure ostrich meat and even get Rover to roll over for the delectable dog treats. If the excellent fresh trout from the New Forest Smokery doesn’t catch your attention you can treat yourself to scented organic soaps luxuriantly made from goat’s milk.

Ripley Farmers’ Market

FARMA’s ‘Rural Farmers’ Market of the Year’ gong rang this year for the Surrey town of Ripley. Run entirely by volunteers with all its proceeds going to local causes, this great British institution is held on the second Saturday of every month. You will find 40 stalls crammed with fresh meat, eggs, vegetables, bread and cakes and the chance to support deserving local charities so you can whet your appetite whilst salving your conscience.

Edinburgh Farmers’ Market

Heading north it just gets better: every Saturday Edinburgh farmers and retailers congregate to offer the largest food market in Scotland. Picturesquely situated under the auspices of the beautiful historic castle this is a market with a truly traditional flavour. You can find venison and lamb from Scotland’s oldest family farm, Scottish oatcakes, porridge in every possible edible permutation and local cider, knitwear or leather goods of premium quality.

Harrogate Farmers’ Market

It is buffalo, pies and honey that give Harrogate’s market its distinctive flavour. Award winning Yorkshire pies, unparalleled local honey and all-natural buffalo burgers, steaks and sausages are amongst the tasty morsels this famous Yorkshire market serves up on the second Thursday of every month.

Belfast St. George’s Market

Every weekend this is by far the best place to try an Ulster Fry – the Northern Irish ‘English’ breakfast. If you have room you can sample local fish from Portavogie, pork from Cookstown, beef from Armagh and fresh pheasant or seasonal vegetables.

The internet’s Forman & Field

For those wanting to sample the delights of British produce but not able to reach a farmers’ market offers a food hamper for all occasions and a great choice of quality fresh British produce and delicacies from an online shop that is like a farmers’ market prepared to deliver direct to your door. This one is open every day of the year and every hour of the day!