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The Best Farmers’ Markets in Wiltshire

Posted on 22nd April 2016

For those of you looking to escape from the hustle and bustle of a city job or those who just want a great family break, the place to definitely consider is Wiltshire.

Market Stall

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With great attractions like Stonehenge and Salisbury Cathedral, it is one of the most beautiful parts of the UK. These are just a few of the reasons why holiday cottages in Wiltshire are often snapped up very quickly.

It is also a great place for foodies to visit. Wiltshire is famed for the local produce that is sold at the various farmers’ markets taking place all over the county. Here are some insights into some of the best outdoor markets:

Devizes Farmers’ Market

Held on the first Saturday of the month, the Devizes Farmers’ Market is a great way to begin experiencing country farmers’ markets. Organisers offer a wide range of stalls and local producers for you to choose from at the market.

The markets sells a wide variety of locally grown vegetables. There are also stalls offering smoked fish, specialist cheeses, honey, and chilli sauces as well. One thing that helps make this farmers’ market stand out is that many local sellers will help you properly store and even suggest ways to prepare their products. For those seeking a culinary adventure, Devizes has a great marketplace.

McArthur Glen Designer Outlet Farmers’ Market

If you are looking for Sunday markets to visit then the McArthur Glen Designer Outlet Farmers’ Market is the perfect market for you.

Every Sunday around 20 traders come to sell a range of locally produced foods such as freshly baked bread, British cheese, locally produced vegetables, jams, cakes and meat sourced from local farms.

The popular market takes place all year round from 10am-4pm on Sundays, except during the Easter, Christmas and New Year periods.

Poultry Cross Farmers’ Market

One of the very best Wiltshire farmers’ markets is located at Poultry Cross in Salisbury and those who decide to visit the weekly market will certainly not be left disappointed.

Taking place every Wednesday from 9am-2pm, the market, which is located on an ancient trading site, sells a range of freshly picked vegetables, a variety of meats from local farms, baked products and freshly made pies.

An added bonus for visitors is that the market is just eight miles away from Stonehenge which is easy to get to from the market.

Stalls in the Market

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Sutton Benger Farmers’ Market

Just outside Chippenham, this up-and-coming farmers’ market has been a local hit since it was started. Hosted on the grounds of the Bell House Hotel, this village market focuses on fresh local food and produce in a friendly atmosphere. The market incorporates village businesses with a café, the hotel, and even the local Post Office taking part.

You will find stalls with fresh organic vegetables and free range chickens and eggs. There are also home baked cakes and award-winning pies. Wash it all down with some locally produced cider. The market takes place on the second Saturday of month from 9am-1pm.

Malmesbury Artisan and Farmers’ Market

The well-attended and well-known Malmesbury Farmers’ Market was forced to close, but a new venture took its place in 2015. The new operators focus on a mixture of local produce and locally prepared foods.

The new Artisan and Farmers Market in Malmesbury is held every Friday from 9am-3pm at the historic Market Cross. The market focuses on selling local, fresh and organic produce together with artisan products.

Calne Farmers’ Market & Monthly Craft Market

Local farmers’ markets are really unique and the Calne Farmers’ Market is a must-visit for foodies as visitors can buy quality produce directly from the local farmers and producers.

The Calne Farmers’ Market & Monthly Craft Market takes place on the second Saturday of each month from 9am in the New Market Place and, as the name suggests, visitors can also browse through a range of homemade crafts that are on display at the market.

There is also a general market that takes place in the New Market Place in Calne that boasts stalls selling local fruit and vegetables, and much more.

Trowbridge Farmers’ Market

Trowbridge isn’t just renowned for being a great place to visit on Wiltshire holidays, as the town is home to a popular farmers’ market as well.

The Trowbridge Farmers’ Market takes place from 10am-1pm every second Saturday and fourth Friday of the month. The farmers market is open all year and is attended by a small group of traders selling meats and vegetables.

Market Stalls

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