Farmers’ markets play an important role in protecting the environment, as all food is produced by local farmers around the market. What’s more special about them is the sellers have grown, produced, caught, cooked or reared everything they sell.
Bristol’s has a number of award-winning farmers’ markets offering shoppers the opportunity to buy fresh produces direct from the producers across the county. Buyers can also get to interact with the sellers and producers.
The weekly Bristol Farmers’ Market opens every Wednesday from 8.00am to 2.30pm with the very best and freshest fruits, vegetables, breads, cakes, cheese and pies on display across the producers’ stalls.
The cluster of producers at the market include the Great Cake Company, Oven to You, Pieminister, Elm Tree Farm, Nutts For, Taynton Farm, Pullins Bakery, and Leigh Court Farm, which is the nearest and oldest organic-grower vegetable box system in the city.
Established in 1999, Leigh Court Farm farms its fresh produces on a 25 acres of organic land, about 5 miles from the heart of the city near Abbots Leigh. The company sells most of its produce through its Vegetable Box Scheme; and shoppers can supplement their orders with extra items of fresh dairy produce, vegetables and fruits, and free range eggs from the company’s Paddock.
Buyers can order for home delivery or pick up their order from their collection points. Leigh Court Farm are also present at Whiteladies Road Farmers Market, which opens to shoppers every Saturday, from 8.30 – 2pm.
There is also the Ashton Court Producers Market located at Mullion Cove, 12 Richmond Park Road, Clifton, Bristol, BS8 3AP; as well as University of the West of England (UWE Bristol) Farmers’ market, which buyers can shop from a wide variety of sustainability themed stalls. It is in line with Bristol’s ambition to become a sustainable food city.
There are fresh and high quality food, drinks and crafts on sale such as fresh local produce, local crafts and jewellery, delicious Fairtrade food and gifts.
For the decade or so, UWE Bristol Farmers’ market has been satisfying the public’s diverse fresh produces and local crafts need. Now taken over by the Students’ Union who now runs it together with UWE Bristol students, this farmers’ market is always abuzz with mixed and large community comprising local people, serving students, staff, and members of the public. The market is opened for business during the autumn and spring academic terms.
The Farmers markets in Bristol are always a lively and interesting destination to shop for weekly groceries or splurge for Christmas or birthday presents. From fresh vegetables and fruits, to meat products and fish, to cheeses to breads and cakes, and to clothes, trinkets and local craft, at Bristol’s farmers’ markets, the world is your oyster.
Head on to a farmers’ market to enjoy the full Bristol experience. Get yourself mouth-watering baked goodies or buy fresh food for a delicious home-made meal. You never know, a seller may help you with a recipe.