Following concern expressed by market stallholders about the tendering of the market and despite the council’s efforts to reassure them, the tender was stopped in December last year. To enable the council to consider the concerns that were raised additional consultation with stakeholders, including the stallholders, has been undertaken.
A report will be submitted to Strategy and Resources Committee on 26th June 2014 providing feedback on the consultation for the future operation of the market and asking Committee to agree the option for running the market in the future.
As part of the consultation, the council undertook a survey of district residents and also of visitors to Stroud town centre. To view the results of these surveys please view the documents below:
Details of farmers markets held across the district can be found below:
Held every Saturday this award-winning farmers' market, winner of Radio 4's Best Farmers' Market in the country in 2010 and featured in the Sunday Telegraph, The Observer, The Independent, The Guardian Weekend, Rick Stein's Food Heroes and the Country Living guide to Farmers' Markets, is held in the purpose-built Cornhill market place in Stroud town centre and spills into the surrounding streets.
Stroud Farmers' Market, run by "Made in Stroud", celebrated it's 10th anniversary on 4 July 2009. There are around 50 to 55 stalls at each market, depending on the season, with up to 7 organic producers selling a good range of certified organic produce.
With occasional cooking demos from local celebrity chef Robert Rees, entertainments throughout the morning and the "al fresco" market cafe, the atmosphere of this well established and popular market is something to be experienced.
As well as a wide range of local produce, including 4 cooked food stalls and an ice cream stall, there is always a wide range of quality local crafts. Seasonal events include special celebrations for farmhouse breakfast week, potato day, apple day festivities in October and Christmas events in December.
When: Every Saturday (except between Christmas and New Year)
Time: 9am - 2pm
Organised By: Made In Stroud
Tel: 01453 758060
More information on the Stroud Farmers Market
Held on the fourth Saturday of the month (this may be brought forward a week in December), in the Mortimer Gardens, a pedestrian only area between the A46 and Old Market, from 9 am until 1 pm. There are usually eighteen to twenty stalls, mostly locally grown and produced. Fresh vegetables, meat, sausages, cheese, cakes, jams and honey are available, often joined by other produce stalls. Some local craft stalls including stone ornaments, cards, notepads and soaps are also available.
Live music is provided at most markets, giving a festive atmosphere, once people visit they return to enjoy a market that is a little bit different. Nailsworth is well known for its range of interesting shops to explore, there is a well known delicatessen and an award winning restaurant. Parking is available near the market and good access to the market. Nailsworth Farmers' Market is funded and supported by Nailsworth Chamber of Trade.
When: fourth Saturday of the month (may be brought forward a week in December)
Time: 9am until 1pm
Organised By: Rowland Blackwell
Tel: 01453 833043
Held in Wotton Town Hall, situated in Market Street, just off Long Street, on the first Saturday of the month (except January) from 9 am to 1 pm. The recently modernised Town Hall provides a pleasant environment for inspecting the local food stalls. Lamb, chicken, pork and beef from local farms, vegetables, cakes and home made preserves, plants, cheese, apple juice and local craft stalls are arranged on two floors. Music is usually provided. Access to the upper level is easy using the lift and car parking is available near the Town Hall. Wotton, which is on the Cotswold Way, has an interesting range of local shops including a deli and a wet fish shop. All proceeds from the Farmers' Market are used by the Town Amenities Fund.
When: first Saturday (except January)
Time: 9am until 1pm
Organised By: Diana Pawlowski
Tel: 01453 843210