What is a farmers' market?

Cheltenham farmers' market

A farmers' market is a venue for local farmers and people making food with local ingredients to sell their produce to local people.  Cheltenham farmers' market follows a number of basic rules.

The majority of producers come from within a defined distance from the town

Like most other farmers' markets Cheltenham uses the 30 mile limit as a guideline.  Most of our stallholders are from within 30 miles of the town; however, producers outside 30 miles may be considered if they offer the most local supply of a product which would add to the diversity of the market, or if there are stalls available.   

Produce must have been grown, reared or processed on the stallholder's premises.  No bought-in produce is allowed unless it is an ingredient used in processing.

Cheltenham farmers' market runs an accreditation scheme, which means that every stallholder has been asked questions about the produce that they sell, how long their stock spends on the premises before it is sold and what local ingredients they use.  We encourage stallholders to use local ingredients, such as eggs and flour, where possible.  We also monitor what is being sold at the market and will follow up on any queries received from customers.

The person selling the produce must be closely associated with production, or be a close family member

All stallholders at Cheltenham farmers' market should be able to tell you about what they are selling.  One of the advantages of a farmers' market is that you can find out exactly where your food has come from and how it was made.  

Non-food producers

Local growers of flowers and plants are eligible to trade at Cheltenham farmers' market, subject to the criteria above; however, the sale of cut flowers in not permitted.