A Farmers' Market is a venue for local producers to sell fresh, local ingredients direct to customers.
There are three golden rules that should apply to a genuine Farmers' Market these are:
- Producers must be local, defined as within a specified radius of the market site
- Producers must sell only their own produce (bakers etc should use a minimum of one local ingredient)
- The person behind the stall must be the producer, a close family member or an employee directly involved in the production
When you shop at the Farmers’ Market you have the freedom to ask questions about what you are buying of the person behind the stall.
There is a Food Safety Guidance for Farmers' Market traders in Northamptonshire, explaining how to meet the Food Safety laws that apply to you while trading at a Farmers' Market. It covers the basic areas that apply to typical Farmers' Market stalls. To make it readable and straightforward to understand, it is not a detailed guide but you should find information here about how to obtain further advice on some of the more complicated food safety issues.
Farmers' Markets are the subject of routine checking by Food Safety Officers from your local Environmental Health and Trading Standards Department, who may visit you on the day a market is held. In addition, the farm or other premises from which you operate may also be subject to inspection.
Please contact the local town councils direct to obtain further information relating to dates or reserving a pitch.