Supporting local produce and local food is more important now than ever. What’s more, it can be a great way to try new things, get amazing deals and show some support for the local community. Somerset has a whole host of amazing farmers markets that supply tons of delicious treats, home-made drinks, crafts and all sorts of other goodies to get your hands on. A trip to the farmers market seems like the perfect way to spend a cosy autumn day. Lakeside Holiday Parks have put together a list of our favourite farmers’ markets so that you don’t miss them!
Axbridge Farmers Market
Set in the 400-year-old market square in the centre of medieval Axbridge, the market is on the first Saturday of each month from 9 am to 1 pm. It’s a popular monthly fixture with locals and tourists alike due to its gorgeous setting in the picturesque square and its wide variety of regular traders. Open since 2002, the market is on the edge of the Mendips and is full of rich local history. Visit next on the 2nd November and sample some of the regular stallholders goods such as Nutts Scotch Eggs, providing freshly made mouth-watering scotch eggs, The Humble Pie Co, an award-winning pie maker or Besley’s Fruit, one of the only strawberry growers in Cheddar!
Frome Farmers Market
One of the biggest stand-alone markets in the South West, Frome Farmers Market is open on the second Saturday of each month from 9 am to 1 pm. One of the great benefits of visiting Frome Market is that it is indoors, located in the Cheese & Grain Market Hall, so no matter what the English weather brings, you can enjoy the bounty of the market safe from the rain. Frome Market has a whole host of stallholders trading fresh, local produce such as Lisa’s Country Kitchen, a stand selling fresh homemade natural cordials, Oxfords Bakery, a 4th generation bakery, or Stone Angel Beer, a medieval ale stand! Additionally, why not visit Frome Independent Market on the first Sunday of each month. This unique market features independent food, live music, street art as well as a flea and vintage market too. There’s plenty to see and do in Frome!
Bath Farmers Market
Bath Farmers Market is located in Green Park Station, a former railway station in Somerset. Home to independent shops, cafes and restaurants, the station becomes packed with bustling stalls every Saturday morning from 8.30 am to 1.30 pm. The market has been running since 1997 and it brings a vibrant atmosphere to the town. Some of the best local stores include Lynda’s Loaf, an organic bakery selling cakes, sourdough and more, Unusual Pork Pie Company, selling uniquely flavoured fresh pies and quiches, and Moist, selling responsibly sourced produce made fresh the night before, the hummus is not to be missed!
Midsomer Norton Farmers Market
This outdoor canopy market is located in Hollies Gardens next to the High Street in Midsomer Norton, North East Somerset. Now in its 16th year, the market convenes on the first Saturday of each month from 9 am til 1 pm and often hosts local musicians and performers, creating a vibrant festive atmosphere. There is an alfresco coffee stall located near the market so you can enjoy a nice warm drink on a cold autumn day. Some of the fantastic stalls here include Bradley’s Juices, providing fresh fruit juices made from their very own orchard, Leafy Teas, an ethically sourced tea seller, and The Pudding Kitchen, the perfect spot for a slice of cheesecake, dessert or other puddings.
You’re sure to find something that catches your eye at one of Somerset’s lively farmers’ markets. Lakeside Holiday Park is conveniently located in Burnham-on-Sea in the heart of the West Country and hosts a range of static caravans full of cosy creature comforts. With on-site fishing as well as entertainment, Lakeside is the perfect spot for a break this autumn. To find out more, visit the Lakeside Holiday Park website here.