- SFM begins to re-open Farmers Markets from July 4th! June 30, 2020
The time has come for us to re-open our markets and return to local communities.This will enable us to support local farmers and producers,provide a vital service to customers and aid the local community.From Saturday 4th July some traders will return to Axbridge & Midsomer Norton Farmers markets,providing they are able to meet the government’s guidelines to protect their workers and customers.SFM is working closely with producers to provide advice and support that helps them operate safely.We need traders and the public to continue to support the government’s advice to help keep the community safe when visiting our markets.
SFM responsibilities include:
Each of our venues will have a new layout which allows for social distancing between traders.Spaces between canopies will be blocked off with barriers/cones/roped off and we will define the number of customers that can be at the market whilst following social distancing and limit access to a safe number. We will provide space for queues to form at stalls with safe distancing & customers will be encouraged to shop in a one-way system and queue safely at busy stalls. We will have limited entry/exit points at each market which will be supervised by a dedicated person & customers will be encouraged to use hand-sanitiser which will be made available on entry. Plus our canopy poles will be sanitised with anti-viral disinfectant before traders set up. There will be clear signage on social distancing and hygiene displayed to people on arrival.Customers will be encouraged to shop alone where possible.Customers accompanied by children will be reminded they are responsible for supervising them at all times and should also follow social distancing guidelines. We will provide written or spoken communication of the latest guidelines to all workers at the market.
Trader responsibilities will include:
Reading and following the Governments latest guidance for food businesses. https://www.gov.uk/goverment/publications/covid-19-guidance-for-food-businesses/guidance-for-food-businesses-on-coronavirus-covid-19
Submit a risk assessment and insurance documents before trading with SFM. Increase the frequency of handwashing and surface cleaning and wear disposable gloves to limit contact where possible.We recommend traders wear face coverings.Remind customers of the need to social distance and to queue safely and to keep to the one way system. All food must be served behind a perspex sneeze guard or is covered or pre-packaged.No tasters offered or touching of food allowed.Any street food must be sold as takeaway. We encourage traders to offer contactless payment as an option however card machines should be cleaned regularly with anti-bacterial wipes/spray. Traders should also consider the option for pre-ordering and pre-paying of goods to collect at the market.
Customer responsibilites include:
Maintaining social distancing or if you cannot social distance wear a face covering.Follow the new market instructions ( as above)Do not visit the market if you feel unwell,have a high temperature,a continuous cough or a loss to your sense of taste or smell.
- How to access food from SFM members during the lockdown April 19, 2020
We are not holding our usual monthly markets until it is deemed safe to do so. However many of our farmers and food producers are still producing food and can get it to you via delivery schemes ,click and collect from their premises or farm shops or have online shops. Please support our local food producers during these challenging times.
Fruit and vegetables
Barleywood Walled Garden ,Wrington. They provide a local veg box scheme please visit their web-site for information www.barleywoodkitchengarden.co.uk
Bower Hinton Farm– Vegetables are available on their farm at The Old Dairy Café at Bower Hinton near Martock which is now serving as a local food shop .Follow the facebook page for more information @theolddairycafe
North Perrot Fruit Farm– They have a farm shop with a range of produce including their apples ,pears and fruit juices contact 01460 77090 for information or follow on Facebook for updates @farmshop
VP Collins– our veg growers from the Cheese & Grain market have a farm shop over in Bromham ,Wiltshire visit www.vpfarmshop.co.uk
Root Connections Stratton on the Fosse– They have started an organic veg box scheme contact 07904398639 or www.rootconnections.co.uk for more information. Also available via www.somersetfoodonline.co.uk
Meat & Poultry
Beechridge Farm– free range poultry eggs & lamb order on their website for home delivery www.beechridgefarm.co.uk Or contact 07921 267372
Brown cow Organics– Please visit www.browncoworganics.co.uk for home delivery options around the Shepton Mallet area.
Chewton Farm– For the Keynsham area phone Lesley to arrange collection of beef ,lamb or pork 07765091443 or email Lesley.firstname.lastname@example.org
Ellises Farm– charcuterie & pork via an on line shop www.ellisesfarm.co.uk
Mikes Pork– they will deliver to the Burnham/Highbridge/Weston/Bridgwater area .Phone 07742427967 or visit their Facebook page to order @mikespork1
Loves Lane Organic & Biodynamic Farm– Will deliver to the Frome/Midsomer Norton & Radstock areas phone 09760488633
The Story Pig– are our new Tamworth Pork producers based near Sherborne and they will deliver to order visit www.thestorypig.co.uk or phone 07724885353
Real Pork – deliveries available via www.somersetfoodonline.co.uk
Somerset charcuterie– They have an online shop www.somersetcharcuterie.com Or phone 07866636463 also available as part of www.somersetfoodonline.co.uk
West Country WaterBuffalo– Based outside of Yeovil they have a farm shop which remains open to the public with a full range of produce including their own meat, milk ,mozzarella & ice-cream www.westcountrywaterbuffalo.com
Wookey Goat Farm– They have a small farm shop for their meat, milk, cheese & other local produce plus local delivery for more details visit www.wookeyfarm.com
Sea Foods Fishmongers– their shop on Burnham High Street remains open & follow their Facebook page for delivery details @seafoodsBurnhamonSea
Fishmanwithadifference– contact Steve to find out availability of fish 07831785812 or email email@example.com
Mere Fish Farm –Are doing deliveries to the Frome area on Fridays –get your orders in via www.merefishfarm.co.uk
Cheese Dairy & Eggs
Bath Soft Cheese– their farm shop at Helston out side of Keynsham is still open contact 01225 436332 or visit www.parkfarm.co.uk for more information or to shop on line.
Goulds Farmhouse Cheddar– They continue to operate their farm shop and home deliveries visit www.gouldscheddar.co.uk
Frome Eggs– Available at the Tytherington Milk Station each morning from 7am or contact Lesley to reserve some 07922121846 or email Lesley.firstname.lastname@example.org
Somerset Cheese Company– Contact Phil & Anita on 01749 860237 to order and arrange to pick up cheese from the dairy or for delivery details visit www.somersetcheese.co.uk
Wootton Organic Dairy– Their cheese is available via Somerset Local Food Direct or phone 01749 890248 for more info.
Bread & other Baked Goods (sweet & savoury)
Blueridge Farm– Jane continues to make scotch eggs & meat pies to order ( beef,lamb & pork) email orders to email@example.com
Catacolours– Bristol based Chilean Savoury food contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information
Pistrina Sourdough Bread– will deliver to the Midsomer Norton /Keynsham areas to place an order visit www.pistrina.shop or call Charlie on 07542457965
Liams Cakes– Provide Frome based deliveries contact 07891360583 or facebook @liamscakes239
Nutts Scotch Eggs– scotch eggs & classic meals to your door contact 01934 811511 or facebook page @nuttsfor .Also via the new delivery scheme www.somersetfoodonline.co.uk
Oven to You– sweet tarts & quiches have a new on line shop for the Bath area www.oventoyoushop.co.uk
Taylors of Bruton– are keeping village shops stocked with bread such as the Mells village shop visit the web-site www.taylorsofbruton.co.uk to see all stockists. Also via Somerset Local Food Direct.
Worthy Food- Have just developed an on-line shop for cheese scones, homity pies, quiches etc & Worthy farm truckles of cheese www.worthyfood.co.uk or phone 07802845071
H’eggs Pasta Company– Bath based deliveries and shop contact 07955818893 or visit their facebook page @theheggscompany
Honey & Preserves & speciality
Fussels Fine Foods-Have an on-line shop www.fusselsfinefoods.co.uk and also can be collected from the farm by arrangement 01373 831286 also stocked in Mole Valley ,Frome Wholefoods & Denude Zero waste shop
Timmys Chillies– jellies & marmalades with a kick available via an on line shop www.timmyschillies.com
Wainwrights Bee Farm– to get stocked up with honey Dean is doing local deliveries please put in an order via their new web-site www.thehoneystash.co.uk
Bradleys Juices– for a wide range of apple and fruit juices contact email@example.com or via www.somersetfoodonline.co.uk
Hullabaloos– lemonades visit their online shop www.hullabaloos.rocks
Henny & Joes Chai Syrup– order via their on line shop www.hennyandjoes.co.uk
Honey Pot Farm– for cider,cordials and other produce visit www.honeypotfarm.org
Herby4- visit their on line shop for apple juices & Tofu www.herby4.co.uk
Marshwood Vale Cider -(plus Mead and Gin ) now has an on line shop www.dorsetdrinkscompany.com
The Medieval Ale Company– an on line shop for traditional ale www.stone-angel.com
The Incredible Brewing Company– they have set up an online delivery scheme for information visit www.incrediblebrewingcompany.com
Wraxall Vineyard– an online shop for award winning wine www.wraxallvineyard.co.ukContinue reading →
- Farmers Markets suspended temporarily March 24, 2020
We have taken the very difficult but necessary decision to suspend our Farmers’ Markets with immediate effect. It is challenging to achieve the necessary social distancing measures at our markets. It’s important to us to protect both our customers and traders.
We understand many of our customers will be greatly disappointed. Many of our food and drink producers are adapting their businesses and hopefully, by contacting them directly, you will find a way to continue to support them. You will find their details on our website; www.somersetfarmersmarkets.co.uk
We hope by taking this action we will be helping everyone get through this as quickly and as safely as possible. We look forward to seeing you at our markets again very soon.
The Somerset Farmers’ Markets TeamContinue reading →
- Corona Virus SFM statement March 12, 2020
The SFM Market community are taking steps to respond to the current health risks of the Coronavirus ( Covid 19).
We understand that our customers and the wider public may be concerned,please be reassured that all of our traders already adhere to the highest standards and best practice when it comes to food hygiene.
However we are taking further steps and you will see extra precautions and changes introduced at our markets.
- Handsanitizer available on stalls,
- An increase in contactless payment options,
- Food may be covered/sneeze guards used and less tasters available.
- Customers can also help by sanitizing hands at our markets.
We greatly apprIeciate your continued support of our farmers and small food proucers.
Somerset Farmers MarketsContinue reading →
- Finding out more about Somersets Meat producers March 3, 2020
W’ed like to do a big shout out to Somersets meat, poultry & dairy producing farmers who attend our farmers markets such as Brown Cow Organics,Wookey Goat Farm,Westcountry Water Buffalo,Loves Lane Farm,Mikes Pork ,Chewton Farm and The Story Pig.
There has been a recent backlash against eating meat in the wake of climate change & factory farming concerns.
However it is difficult & unfair to compare the mass destruction of rainforests in Brazil to keep fast food outlets in beefburgers & supersized farms where cows don’t see a blade of grass with the small scale Somerset family farms we select for our farmers markets who have animal welfare and environmental sustainability at their core.
The best advice is to make informed decisions when you purchase meat make sure you can trace where its from and take opportunities to visit Open Farm Sunday events and support Somersets small family farms.
The choice you make when choosing your meat is one of the most powerful you can make against Factory farming.Continue reading →
- Looking back at 2019 and forward to 2020 December 29, 2019
As you may know 2019 has been our 20th Anniversary and this milestone has been celebrated at each of our 8 venues with lots of cake,bunting,live music and even sunshine!
At Crewkerne the event took the form of a collaboration with ‘Eat Festival’ for a whole day of festivities.
The last 20 years have been quite a journey from those optimistic pioneering early years and it is true to say that we have weathered many metaphorical,literal and financial storms but we have survived when many Farmers Market organisations haven’t and are ‘Fighting fit’ for the next decade.
We have strengthened our collaborations within the communities we serve and remain thankful for the continued support of Thatcher & Hallam Solicitors www.th-law.co.uk who finance many of our annual leaflets,banners and adverts and who offer our members free legal advice regarding their businesses.
Similarly Midsomer Norton & Keynsham Town Councils provide grants for leaflet distributions,canopy repairs adverts and live music.
This year has seen us establish a new link with The School of Social Enterprise’ based in Dartington who offer support and free training to not for profit businesses such as SFM. They have given us £1,200 to make our web-site mobile & tablet friendly and to commision a designer to give us a marketing makeover with a fresh re-brand….watch this space over the next 6 months for the results.
We are also ‘crossing our fingers’ for lottery funding to finance creative ways to enhance our markets and encourage the wider community to participate in and benefit from our events.
We have also reviewed and updated our Criteria and now insist on Free Range Eggs for sale or use in Baked products. In reality this was just a formality as all of our existing members had a free range egg policy.
We are also asking that new and existing members help to reduce single use plastics in their packaging where possible.Also in the light of recent high profile tragedies we insist that members provide information to customers of potential allergens in their products.
We are also excited to have become members of ‘Visit Somerset’ and are looking forward to working with them to promote local food and drink.
We wish all our customers a happy New Year and look forward to seeing you at our Farmers Markets.Continue reading →
- Christmas shopping at the Cheese & Grain November 28, 2019
On Sunday December 22nd the ‘BIG CHRISTMAS FARMERS MARKET’ takes place at the Cheese & Grain in Frome from 10am-2pm.
Tradition dictates that everyone shops for the big day with Turkeys & chipolata’s to be collected ,cheeses to be tasted, Christmas tipples to be chosen and boxing day chutneys selected!
We also cater for vegans in the family and have a stall dedicated to plant based desserts!
Always a great source of last minute edible gifts for unexpected visitors and a wonderful sociable experience at the Cheese & Grain with the cafe open for refreshments.
& no one should go home without their brussel sprout tree!!Continue reading →
- Frome Independent Cancelled Sunday March 3rd March 2, 2019
A severe storm is headed for the south West and so the organisers have been forced to cancel the Frome Independent event- we will be however holding a farmers market at Boyles Cross next Saturday 9th March!Continue reading →
- Axbridge & Midsomer Norton Markets cancelled February 1, 2019
With regret we must cancel both Axbridge & Midsomer Norton Markets on Saturday Feb 2nd,due to extreme snow & iceContinue reading →
- 20 years of Somerset Farmers Markets! January 1, 2019
In 1999 we launched our first market in Glastonbury and began to build up a network of regular markets around the county of Somerset and Bath & North East Somerset. Twenty years on and we are still going strong and will this year be celebrating our anniversary at each of our markets throughout the year…we’ll give out more details as the year progresses.
However as we step into our 3rd decade we are mindful of our original purpose and role within the local agricultural and food economy. Since we began environmental issues have become ever more urgent ,the very real effects of climate change and plastic pollution more apparent and many species of wildlife extinct or in danger.
We were created from ‘Agenda 21’ funding as a direct result of the 1st climate change summit in Rio when the United Nation member states developed an action plan that each local government area should draw up its own plan to ‘act locally’ to prevent climate change by promoting local initiatives focusing on sustainable development and counteracting the damaging effects of globalisation.
In our small way we began pioneering a network of Farmers Markets supporting local food production. We were aiming to reverse the demise of small family farms and re-introducing the concept of buying local food directly from farmers and growers, brewers & cheese & cider makers,bakers,chefs & preserve makers. Trust was built up between customer and food producers who serve as an antidote to mass produced industrial scale farming and food production which adds nothing to the environment,local economy ,animal welfare and offers questionable nutritional value to the consumer.
We enforced low mileage and asked that non farmers use local ingredients where possible. We also encouraged shoppers to bring their own bags or purchase one of our re-usable jute bags of which 4,000 were produced over the last 10 years!
However we all recognise that the spotlight is now urgently on reducing single use ,non-renewable plastics so we are urging our members to evaluate their current packaging to ensure it can be re-cycled,re-used,compostable,or biodegradable depending on what they are producing.
We will share the good practice of our existing members and encourage new members to start off using the most environmentally friendly packaging for their produce.
Finally we thank and applaud our many customers who continue to bring their own re-usable bags and some of whom are also bringing along their own containers!
A Happy 2019 to you all.