Farmers’ markets in Cumbria

The objective of a farmers’ market is :

  • To market and promote quality local produce
  • To bring the customer and producer closer together
  • To increase social cohesion and promote community well being
  • To encourage and support agricultural diversification and self–reliance

 

Kendal Farmers’ Market. Photo by Matthew Emmott.

 
A farmers’ market (according to Orton) will :

  • Sell products which are local (within 50 miles of the market).
  • Have a majority of producers coming from within the local area.
  • Offer produce that will have been grown, raised, caught or processed (using local ingredients) by the producer.
  • Have the producer or someone involved in production present at the stall and able to answer questions about the produce on offer.

 
The markets :

  • Brampton – last saturday of the month
  • Brough – 3rd saturday of the month
  • Carlisle city centre – 1st friday of the month
  • Carlisle Borderway – 2nd Saturday of the month
  • Cockermouth – 1st Saturday of the month
  • Egremont – 1st Saturday & 3rd Friday of the month
  • Kendal – last friday of the month
  • Keswick – 2nd thursday of the month
  • Milnthorpe – 2nd Friday of each month
  • Orton – the second Saturday of the month
  • Penrith – 3rd tuesday of every month
  • Sedbergh – every Wednesday
  • Ulverston – 3rd saturday of the month

 
Produce usually available at the markets will include locally reared meat (including our local Herdwick Lamb), cheeses, breads, cakes, eggs, vegetables, Cartmel Sticky Toffee Pudding, Morecambe Bay shrimps, smoked trout, beer, gin, fruit juices, and more.
 
If you are staying in self catering accommodation why not get Cumbrian local produce from a Farmers’ Market! Or if you run a b&b or hotel – likewise.
 

Kendal Farmers’ Market. Photo by Matthew Emmott.

 
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