No trip to the Cotswolds would be complete without you visit one of the many farmers markets held monthly, weekly, or in some places daily.
Steeped in history and tradition, the markets in the Cotswolds are a great place to pick up local produce grown by the local farmers. Because the Cotswolds is a large agricultural area, you can be sure you're buying only the best and freshest of fruits and vegetables, as well as locally made sauces, jams, cheeses, and pickles.
Something for Everyone
Every town in the Cotswolds holds a market at least once a month and should not be missed. The stallholders come from all over the Cotswolds region so you can be assured that you will have a great day browsing the stalls and sampling the organic produce available.
Take some time to stop and chat to the stallholders and you will learn plenty of new and interesting recipes for you to try with the fresh produce you have just bought. Many of these recipes and methods have been passed down through the generations, so you can learn some amazing traditional recipes.
Stroud Farmers Market
There are anywhere between 40 and 60 stalls to visit at this very popular farmers market. The Stroud Farmers Market is every Saturday. Awarded the "Best Farmers Market" in Gloucestershire and the Cotswolds in Cotswold Life Magazine's Food and Drink, this very relaxed but busy market is definitely worth a visit. Not only are there stalls selling their wares, there is also hot and cold food available and entertainment all day.
Cheltenham Farmers Market
The Cheltenham farmers market is another market worth a visit. Held on the second and last Friday of each month and located by the Long Gardens on the promenade, you will find everything you can think of at this popular Cotswolds market. You can buy fresh produce, as well as homemade cakes and eggs, plus various meats and fish. It's a great place to pick up some local cheeses and pickles too.
Gloucester Farmers Market
This popular market takes place every Friday in Gloucester city center and has around 30 stalls, depending on the season. This market is a little different in that you can buy all the freshest fruits and vegetables, pickles, cheeses and bread then turn the corner and see fossils, plants and handmade soaps for sale. This is a very diverse market and popular for anyone wanting to spend a day browsing for traditional fare.
Finding the best farmers markets in the Cotswolds region is a little different for everyone. With so many to choose from, it's easy to spend time at each market, several times a month and still find great new things to discover.
You can be assured that all these markets have the same thing in common; they sell fresh locally grown produce that typifies this beautiful area of England they call the Cotswolds.