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Farmers Markets in Hertfordshire

August 1, 2016

 

 

Farmers’ markets make it easy to buy fresh, healthy, nutrient-rich food in a charming, often deeply- historic setting, far removed from the clinical supermarket experience. The produce is sourced direct from local farmers or growers, which means you can be assured the food you purchase hasn’t travelled long distances and undergone lots of packaging

 

Herts is fortunate to have a healthy list of farmers’ markets across the county which bring people into towns and village centres for an enjoyable monthly- or twice- monthly shop. Farmers, growers and producers are at these markets because they have a passion for their products and it is one of the few occasions in the modern shopping experience when people can meet the experts behind the food, learn about its production and taste the goods before they buy

 

HERTFORD

Second Saturday of the month. 8.30am-1pm in Market Place, Hertford.

eastherts.gov.uk. Meet your local producers, sample food, get advice about seasonal produce, find out recipe ideas and special promotions at Hertford’s farmers’ market. Look out for Sawbridgeworth Brewery, which brewed its first beer in 2000 and sells bitters, ales and cider. Try the excellent Dragon’s Blood, a rich malty ale with a deep red colour, hints of toffee and dark chocolate.

Local Producers

Daisy Roots - Hardy perennial plants and grasses

Fungi to be With - Mushrooms

Perks Pickles - Pickles and chutneys

Eat Drink Ideas - Cheese, yeast bread and pizza bread, sundried tomatoes

Bee Keeper's Association - Beeswax candles, beeswax soap, honey & lavender face & lip cream and wax wood polish, as well as our unique locally processed excellent honey

Maria's Artisan Bakery - Artisan breads

Old Swan Tea Shop - Honey, preserves, eggs and pies

Whitehouse Coffee - Selection of coffee, mixed and blended

North End Farm - Poultry, beef and game

Foxholes Farm - Beef, mince, steaks, joints, burger, sausages

Linny's Larder - Cakes and bakes

Highbury Farm - Lamb, Mutton, mince, lamb burgers, knitting yarn, carded sliver for spinning and felting, sheepskins, chamois leathers, slippers, gloves etc.

Radwinter Wild Game - High quality wild game meats including partridge, pheasant and venison

Hertford Porker - Sausages made from an old original recipe

Meah's Curry Sauces - Flavoured sauces

Sawbridgeworth Brewery - Local ales and cider

Jolly Tasty Fudge - Homemade fudge

Wells Vegetables - All seasonal veg

 

 

HATFIELD

First Saturday of the month, White Lion Square, 8.30am-1pm.

hatfieldtown.co.uk.

Hatfield Farmers’ and Craft Market has more than 50 stalls with a varied mix of seasonal fruit and veg, meats, fish, cheese, pies, pickles and cakes.

The market is certified by the National Farmers’ and Retail Markets Association and aims to bring consumers and producers together and so reduce the distance food travels between farm and shop. There are several organic products on sale and products that, if not strictly organic, are free from pesticides and preservatives. No genetically-modified organisms are knowingly included in any products sold. Parking is available in the town centre and there is ample disabled access

 

 

ST ALBANS

Second Sunday of the month, St Peters Street, 8am-2pm.

stalbans.gov.uk.

This market, one of the biggest, occupies space in the heart of St Albans, just outside the town hall, where customers can expect to discover local specialties, mouth-watering cheeses, seasonal fruit and vegetables, fresh herbs, quality meat and game, dairy produce, and freshly-baked cakes and bread. Charity earthworksstalbans.co.uk runs a stall selling fruit, vegetables, herbs, plants and its own apple juice, honey (from its own hives) and chutney. Buy your goods from here and you will not only get freshly-grown produce but will be supporting the charity too.

 

HITCHIN

Last Saturday of the month, Hitchin Market, 7am-3.30pm.

hitchinmarket.co.uk.

This lovely market has more than 30 stalls offering locally-produced meat, poultry and handmade delights, all made or produced within a 30-mile radius of Hitchin. The market runs alongside the general market which is held by the side of St Mary’s Church. The award-winning Wobbly Bottom Farm sells a range of gourmet, soft and hard goat’s cheeses made in small batches from milk produced fresh on the farm just outside the town. Another great attraction is the number of street-food stalls selling the wares of many different countries. The Now Now South African Food Company sells authentic Durban curry and baboti.

 

Farmers’ markets make it easy to buy fresh, healthy, nutrient-rich food in a charming, often deeply- historic setting, far removed from the clinical supermarket experience. The produce is sourced direct from local farmers or growers, which means you can be assured the food you purchase hasn’t travelled long distances and undergone lots of packaging

 

Herts is fortunate to have a healthy list of farmers’ markets across the county which bring people into towns and village centres for an enjoyable monthly- or twice- monthly shop. Farmers, growers and producers are at these markets because they have a passion for their products and it is one of the few occasions in the modern shopping experience when people can meet the experts behind the food, learn about its production and taste the goods before they buy

 

 

 

STEVENAGE

Second Saturday of every other month, High Street, from 10am-2pm.

stevenagefarmersmarket.com.

While Stevenage Farmers’ Market is a fairly new innovation, its roots go way back – nearly 800 years to be precise. After closing in the 1960s, this Old Town feature is back in its original position in Market Place, and is run by an enthusiastic committee of five.

Shoppers can expect to find an enticing selection of lovingly-produced food which frequently includes wild boar, fish, honey, cider, meat, cakes and plants.

 

TRING

Twice-monthly (check website for dates), Market Place, 9am-12.15pm.

tringfarmersmarket.co.uk.

Tring Farmers’ Market started in 1999 to promote local food for local people. Since then, it has grown in size and popularity and now offers a full range of produce including meat, eggs, bacon, cakes, biscuits, preserves, pies, vegetables, cheese, fish and more. It has established a reputation as a friendly shopping experience and its refreshment stall offers shopper the chance to sit and enjoy a cuppa with a hot bacon roll.

 

WOOLMER GREEN

Fourth Sunday of the month, village hall, 9.30am-12.30pm.

woolmergreenpc.org.uk.

Run by the parish council, this market sells local meats, cheeses, vegetables and jams as well as cakes. Bridget B’s, a local producer, sells an extensive range of beef, pork, lamb, poultry and game, while there are also delicately-flavoured authentic creations from Meah’s Curry Sauces

 

HARPENDEN

Fourth Sunday of the month, Lower High Street, 10am-2pm.

harpenden.gov.uk.

Harpenden Farmers’ Market has a huge selection of produce available including meats, pies, sausages, game, fresh fish, preserves, honey, cheeses, vegetables, dry herbs and spices, flowers and plants, fresh bread, cakes, eggs and other organic produce. Morgan House Foods sells organic, additive-free preserves and cordials. Sinclair Condiments Co. produces all-natural goodies made with fresh ingredients. A favourite is its hot banana ketchup – unusual and delicious

 

BERKHAMSTED

Third Sunday of the month, High Street, 10am-2pm.

berkofm.co.uk.

The vineyard at Frithsden is a popular feature of Berkhamsted Farmers’ Market. Look out for its Solaris 2013 dry white wine – full-bodied, with a nose of tropical fruits and notes of vanilla, honey and raisins. Also here is Grove Farm, which produces lamb traditionally reared, a must-buy at this market. Other produce includes cakes, meats and cheeses.

 

GREAT AMWELL VAN HAGE GARDEN COMPANY

From 9am to 1pm, every 1st Thursday in the month

 

 

 

WARE MARKET

Tuesday - Weekly IN Tudor Square and High Street

List of regular stallholders

Water's Delicious Sweets

Burling's Fresh Fruit and Veg

Ideal's finest meats

El Picante's Mexican foods

Claydon's Fresh Fish

Westley's hats, gloves, underwear and accessories including pet beds

Elliot's Garden plants, bulbs, Christmas trees and wreaths

Pinnoch's Household supplies

Wickenden's Pet foods

 

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