News

  • Markets in 2017 December 16, 2016

    Postcards with 2017 dates on are available at all of the monthly markets.Pick one up from a day manager or from one of the producers, they will also be sent out in local publications.

     

    Market start dates

    Wells Farmers market restarts on Wednesday 4th January; restock with healthy, locally produced food.

    There will be NO January markets in Axbridge or Midsomer Norton as they fall too close to New Year. These will resume on Saturday the 4th February.

    The Frome Independent will restart on March 5th.

    If you are looking to start a food business from your farm or smallholding in 2017, get in contact and see if we can help!

  • New sponsor January 8, 2016

    We are delighted to announce that Somerset Farmers’ Markets Ltd have a new sponsor for 2016 in Porter Dodson, a firm of solicitors and legal advisors with offices across the South West.

    Porter Dodson have a long standing reputation of supporting many local businesses and events; including the Gilllingham and Shaftesbury Agricultural Show and the Taunton Flower Show. We are proud to have them as a sponsor.

    Porter Dodson

  • Christmas markets 2015 October 29, 2015

    December is a great time for markets; there are lots of seasonal treats on offer in addition to the range of usual fare available and as the days steadily draw in, there is a festive feeling in the air. Not only can the markets provide the ingredients for your Christmas dinner table they can also provide great inspiration for presents. Spending money with small, independent traders rather than multinationals will make sure that more local people will be able to have a good Christmas too.

    Markets dates in December are:

    Axbridge – Saturday 5th & Sunday 20th
    Burnham on Sea – Friday 18th
    Crewkerne – Saturday 19th
    Frome – Saturday 12th & Wednesday 23rd (5.30-7.30)
    Glastonbury – Saturday 19th
    Keynsham – Saturday 12th
    Midsomer Norton – Saturday 5th December
    SFM @ Frome Independent – Sunday 6th
    Street – every Thursday (NOT 31st December)
    Wells – every Wednesday (NOT 30th December)
    Yeovil – Sunday 20th (10am-2pm)

  • Taste of the West Awards 2015 August 11, 2015

    We love our producers and our markets and we know many of you do too. So we’re very happy to get recognition for all the work and dedication that goes into them. Markets are an important part of village community life as well as providing a platform for local producers to offer their wares.

    We’ve won a fair few awards at the Taste of the West in the Hospitality and Retail section this year:

    Axbridge, SFM @ Frome Independent, Wells and Yeovil all won Gold

    Crewkerne and Glastonbury won a silver medal while Burnham-on-Sea and Midsomer Norton were recognised with a Highly Commended.

    Thank you very much to all our producers, day managers and customers who help make our markets such lovely, vibrant and tasty places to be!

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  • Seasonal crops July 22, 2015

    Summer is a booming time for many different British crops and from the middle of July till the middle of August we will have local crops of cherries and sunflowers available at some of our markets. These crops only last for about a month so make sure you don’t miss out!

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  • Change of Contact Details May 28, 2015

    We are delighted to let you know that Tim Ledbury and Jo Hayers will be taking over the administration/organisation of the SFM markets. 

    Their start date is Monday 1st June and the contact details will be:

    Email – info@somersetfarmersmarkets.co.uk

    Tel – 01934 837285

    We will be updating all of the information on this website over the next few weeks, but if you want to get in touch with Somerset Farmers’ Markets on or after the start of June please use the new contact details.

  • News of SFM Producers May 18, 2015

    Two of our producers have featured in the news very recently.

    Somerset Charcuterie has just won  ‘Best Food Producer’ in the Western Daily Press Food and Farming Awards.  James Simpson and his team are  producers of cured meat products with a  west country twist.  They only use locally produced, rare breed, free range pork and natural skins, and rear some of the animals themselves.  Somerset Charcuterie was launched at Axbridge Market about a year ago and has grown by leaps and bounds ever since.  It’s a real triumph to have received the award at this early stage of the development of Somerset Charcuterie.

    Sam Loder’s fascinating article for the Farmers Weekly describes how she diversified into cake making in her farmhouse kitchen.  In three years, Love My Cake, she says, went from a hobby, to an idea and then into a business.  In the article  Sam not only gives ideas on how  to juggle a cake business with a busy farm and family life, but also provides loads of useful information about starting and operating a business from home.  Do have a read.   You can find Love My Cake and Sam at Yeovil Market.

  • New SFM jute bags May 3, 2015

    We’re delighted to have just taken delivery of our new jute bags.  

    The bags are brightly coloured with all the markets listed on one side.  They’re very sturdy and roomy so that you can carry your purchases home safely.   We’re selling the bags for £3 each or £5 for two.

    They’re currently being distributed to all of our markets and should be available when you make your next visit.

  • Markets Matter April 19, 2015

    The Institute of Place Management at Manchester Metropolitan University has just published a review of the evidence of the effects of markets on the health of our towns and cities. 

    The report concludes that markets:

    • contribute to the economic, social and political health of towns and cities
    • add to the vitality of specific centres
    • act as important catalysts for change in town and city centres

    Twenty five critical reasons why markets matter are identified.  These include the role of markets as business incubators, their financial contribution to local activity, the positive impact they have on town centres, and their contribution to community development and community health.

    You can check out the full report at: http://www.business.mmu.ac.uk/crpcc/files/markets-matter-final.pdf

    We’re delighted to see such a comprehensive look at the evidence and the positive conclusions about markets.

  • Market Organiser/Administrator Needed April 3, 2015

    After eight years, our Market Coordinator has decided it’s time to move on.  We are looking to replace her as soon as possible with one person or two working as a team.

    We are fairly flexible about how two people might divide the work between them, although two contracts have been provided as a starting point.

    Some important details are given in Background Information and two contracts are included – Administrator Contract and Market Organiser Contract

    The closing date is Saturday 18th April and we plan to hold the interviews on Friday 24th April.  Please do get in touch (steph.keeble@btinternet.com; tel: 01934 733212) if you have any questions or would like to discuss the role(s).