Farmers Markets are becoming a more popular way for people to purchase locally grown and in season fruits and vegetables, as well as some more exotic items. There are many farmers markets across Essex, some take place in the major towns and many are in village halls scattered across the county. Many farmers markets are recognised and certified by Farma.org.uk, who are the governing body for farmers markets in the UK.
The information is correct at time of going to press. You may want to check with the relevant town council before making your journey (we hope to provide this information soon). The farmers markets are listed alphabetically by town, if you wish to correct any details or add a new regular farmers market event then please contact us here.
Remember that there are many excellent farm shops all over Essex that are open most days of the week.
Brentwood Farmers Market
The Brentwood farmers market is held every Saturday at the Baytree Shopping Centre. All day, 9am – 3pm. Includes foods, plants, fish, free range produce, sausages and curry sauces.
Chelmsford Local Produce Market
Held on the first Sunday of each month on Chelmsford High Street. 10am-4.30pm. Selection of hot and cold foods, fish, burgers and sausages, fresh fruits and vegetables, pastries and cakes. Call 01245 606253 for information.
Farmers and Crafts Market, Hylands Park
The farmers market is held at the Stables Visitors centre in Hylands Park on the first Sunday of every month. Entrance is free. 10am – 4pm.
Colchester Farmers Market
Held at the Arts Centre near Mercury Theatre on the first Friday of each month from 9.30am to 1pm. Fresh, seasonal and local produce.
Gants Hill Farmers Market in Ilford
This farmers market is held at the Valentine’s Mansion, Valentine’s Park, Cranbrook Road, on the 4th Sunday of each month from 11am to 3pm.
Great Dunmow Farmers Market
Held at Great Garnetts Farm, Bishops Green 2nd Saturday each month from 9.30am to 12.30pm (Closed Jan, Aug and Dec)
Hyde Hall, Rettendon, Farmers Market
The taste of Essex is on offer at a farmers market at the RHS’ Hyde Hall in Rettendon on Saturday 17th October, from 10am to 2pm. Tel: 01245 400256
Ilford Farmers Market
Held on the High Road in Ilford on the first Saturday of each month from 9am to 4.30pm.
Maldon Farmers Market
Held at the Swan Hotel on the High Street (around the back) on the 1st Tuesday of each month from 10am to 1pm (except January).
Matching Farmers Market
Held on the 3rd Saturday of the month from 10am to 12pm at Matching Village Hall, Matching Tye, CM17 0QS. Tel. 01279 731 312.
Old Harlow Farmers Market
This farmers market is held on the High Street in Old Harlow on the 3rd Saturday of each month from 9am to 3pm.
Rayleigh Farmers Market
The farmers market in Rayleigh is part of the traditional Raleigh market that is held at the Market Place opposite the Church on the last Wednesday of the month from 9am to 1pm.
Southend-on-Sea Farmers Market
Held on the Southend High Street on the 2nd and 4th Saturday of each month from 9am to 4pm.
Takeley Farmers’ Market
1st Saturday of the month at the Silver Jubilee Hall in Takeley. From 9.30am-11.30am. Local producers of fresh and organic food.
Ugley Farmers’ Market
3rd Saturday of the month at the Village Hall, Ugley. From 10am-12pm . Local lamb, pork, pies, cakes, seasonal vegetables, fruit, crafts. Call 01279 814052.
Upminster Farmers Market
Held on Station Road on the 1st Thursday of each month from 9am to 2pm.
Wanstead Farmers Market
Held on Wanstead High Street on the 1st Sunday of each month from 10am to 3pm.
Witham Farmers Market
Held at the Grove Shopping Centre on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of each month from 9.30am to 2pm.