With the growing trend to shop locally we have checked out some of the farmer’s markets, markets and farm shops in Essex and North Herts area:
Sawbridgeworth Farmers Market offers good quality local food including Wobbly Bottom Goats Cheese, Rodwell Dairies Cheese, Natural Yummy Steamed Puddings, Great Garnetts Pork (Hog Roast), Saffron Brewery, P McCarthy Just Salads & Soups and Bridget B Beef one of the top 3 producers in Beef Farmer of the Year 2008.
The dates for their Farmers' Markets are:
or visit their website @ http://www.farmshop.uk.com/events/sawbridgeworth-farmers-market/
This Friday the 20th September there is also a farmer market from 9.30 until 1pm, and then every 3rd Friday of every month.
Not far from Royston there is a Bury Lane Farm shop, with a chance to pick your own fruit (in season) or to buy some of the locally grown produce on offer from honey to eggs, Bury Lane Farm shop is a great place to buy food and gifts. To find out about opening times please visit their website @ http://burylanefarmshop.co.uk/
Pearce's Farm Shop, near Royston, Buntingford, SG9 9NA
This is a great place to spend half a day, picking your own fruit from the farm, buying local produce or sampling the food on offer in their café. They have a huge array of cheeses on offer, and through the month of September their English plumbs have arrived.
Each week Saffron Walden holds a large market, packed with fresh local produce. Giggly pigs, sell award winning sausages there every Tuesday and Saturday until 4pm, you can also have an chance to listen to the chants of the infamous vegetable stall owner, who is known for expressions such as ‘bananas in pajamas,’ and ‘all organic don’t panic’ and ‘come on Mum’s get your plumbs.’
Wimbish, near Saffron Walden
Elder Street Farm shop and Deli café is located just outside Saffron Walden in the village of Wimbish. They have a large farm shop with local produce as well as a café serving food from morning until evening. To find out more information please visit their website @ http://www.elderstreetfarmshop.co.uk/
Bishop’s Stortford market is on every Saturday and Thursday, and has a huge array of different stalls from clothes, to cards, continental stalls to homemade cake stalls.
Needham Green, Near Bishop’s Stortford
Cammas Hall is a pick your own fruit farm with its very own farm shop. Nestled in the English countryside, it is the perfect day out for families. It offers 2 play areas, a giant sandpit, a cafe on sunny days and of course fruit picking. Open from May to October, it offers an array of British fruit and vegetables from strawberries to sweetcorn, as well as, an array of local produce. A truly British experience. For more information please check out their website @ http://www.chff.co.uk/
At the moment it is possible to pick your own strawberries, sweetcorn, raspberries and sunflowers.
If you live near Harlow then you could try this alternative farm based in Epping, all of their produce has been made from vegetables and fruit they have grown or from the wild. On offer they have chutneys, jam and preserves, oils and vinegars and sauces and syrups. To find out more about visting please check out their website @ http://www.thebackgarden.co.uk/
If you don’t fancy going out in the cold and would like to order some organic local produce to be delivered to your home then why not contact http://www.cofco.co.uk/