Wiltshire Farmers’ Markets Association run monthly markets across the county where local people can buy local food and drink direct from producers.
The Association has around 60 producer-members selling at the markets which vary in size and character. Expect to find a good selection of seasonal vegetables, meats, cheeses, preserves, cakes and bread and, increasingly, cider and beers. Also look out for: rapeseed oil and natural skin care with new products appearing all the time such as fish and locally produced charcuterie e.g. salamis, air dried ham and chorizo.
The aim is to give farmers, growers, foragers and makers a reliable outlet for their goods and, importantly, more control over the price in relation to the cost of production.
There are lots of benefits for the consumer too. The markets have a great atmosphere and the producers are always ready to talk about what they do, to explain about production methods, where the products comes from and what makes them special.
Shopping at the farmers market can turn the chore of the weekly shopping trip into a pleasure.