Eat Well! Fabulous Farmers Markets and Farm Shops in the Peak District
You’re completely spoilt for choice for farmers and other produce in the Peak District. Here is our list of favourite markets which are heavy on selling local produce. So, if you want a self-catering holiday where you can buy, cook and eat deliciously well while keeping your food travel miles low, view our recommended list of Peak District markets. You’ll find the necessary ‘what, where and when’ information for all the markets mentioned, at the bottom of this article. It’s been written by Mrs Boast - a local woman how knows the National Park well.
Over to you, Mrs Boast...
One of our favourite past-times when holidaying in the Peak District is visiting the farmers markets and enticing foodie shops.
Bakewell Farmer’s Market is one of the largest farmers markets in the UK and generally takes place on the last Saturday of every month, except for December. We advise getting there early to stock up on your favourite goodies in case the stallholders sell out. The market takes place undercover at the Agricultural Business Centre less than two minutes’ walk from the centre of Bakewell. There is ample parking adjacent to the farmer’s market with straightforward access for wheelchairs and prams.
The Buxton Farmers Market is also a great one to visit with farmers, growers and producers all selling directly to the public. Some of the choices on offer includes locally reared meats, home baked cakes, loaves of bread and handmade chocolates, smoked fish and pates and locally grown vegetables. It is held in the Pavilion Gardens usually on the first Thursday in the month. There is easy disabled access.
Another good market to visit is the Leek Fine Food market held every third Saturday of the month. Homemade pies and cakes, local cheeses, speciality preserves, artisan bread and locally produced ice cream, locally farmed meats, honey and much more besides. All stalls are located in Leek Market Place.
Some of the other farmer’s markets well worth a visit are Chesterfield (second Thursday of the month), Belper (second Saturday of the month), Hathersage (first Saturday of the month) and Matlock (third Saturday of the month).
We also love visiting Chatsworth Farm Shop when we are staying in the Peak District (and why not take in Chatsworth House at the same time?). It is open nearly all year round except Christmas Day and Boxing Day, and it really is one of the best farm shops in the country.
Some of the delights include the butcher’s counter, fresh fish counter, fresh fruit and vegetables, an amazing delicatessen and a great selection of wines and beers. There is plenty of parking even on busy weekends and helpful staff to guide you to foodie heaven.
Finally, if you are staying in the Peak District and want to make the most of your self-catering cottage’s kitchen, we highly recommend Sauced Here (you may have seen them on the recent BBC Countryfile programme on the Peak District). Luke from Sauced Here runs an online shopping company where all the products listed are sourced from the Peak District. He will deliver to any location in the Peak District. We love the fresh meat and cheeses that he supplies - a great treat for a holiday cottage break.
How and where to find the Markets in this blog:
When: 365 days of the year
Time: Online 24/7 Orders delivered.
Find it at:
T: 07842 302 210
Chatsworth Farm Shop:
When: Open all year apart from Boxing day and New Year’s Day
Time 9.00am – 6.00pm
Find this market at:
Leek Fine Food market
When: 3rd Saturday of the month
Find this market at: Leek Market Place, Leek, Staffordshire, ST13 5HH
Tel: 07766 160492
Bakewell Farmers Market:
Find it at: Agricultural Business Centre, Bakewell. DE45 1AH
Tel: 01629 813777
When: Last Saturday of the month
Buxton Farmers market:
Find it at: The Pavilion Gardens, St. John’s Road, Buxton, SK17 6BE
When: First Thursday in the month
Time: 9.30am – 2.30pm
Chesterfield Artisan Market:
Find it at: Market Place, Chesterfield
Tel: 07789 181677
When: Last Sunday in the month
Time: 10.00 – 4.00pm
Belper Farmers Market:
When: 2nd Saturday of the month
Find it at: Market Place, Belper, Derbyshire, DE56 1HX
Tel: 01773 822116
Hathersage Farmers Market:
When: Monthly at weekends. These vary but are listed on the website
Time: 10:00am – 3.00pm
Find it at: Memorial Hall, Oddfellows Road, Hathersage, Hope Valley
Tel: 07814 311181