Chester Farmers Markets and Farm Shops

The Taste of Cheshire Farmers Market

Chester Town Hall comes alive every third Saturday of every month with the Taste of Cheshire Farmers Market. The outdoor market brings together about 30 Cheshire-based suppliers, giving visitors access to quality local produce. From sausages and pies to preserves and cheeses, there is plenty to choose from at the family-friendly market. With the Gothic tower of the Town Hall rising above stalls and marketgoers, the Farmers Market is a great way to support local food and drink producers.

On every second Friday of each month, the Taste of Cheshire Farmers Market also comes to the Grosvenor Garden Centre. Located on Wrexham Road in Chester, the 14-acre site features a cafe and food shop. Classes and experts also provide gardening advice. Approximately twenty of the best suppliers in Cheshire are showcased at the Farmers Market.

The Farmers Markets at Chester Town Hall and the Grosvenor Garden Centre are possible with support from Taste Cheshire, an independent online resource for food and drink. Taste Cheshire organises events and festivals throughout the year while providing easily accessibly information for residents and visitors on local restaurants, cafes, pubs, delis, farm shop and other establishments throughout the region. The organisation promotes local food and drink while also foodies discover genuine tastes throughout the region.

The Most Popular Organic/Farm Shops in Chester

Chester is within a short drive of a rich array of fresh and locally produced food available from local farm shops. Local favourites include Taste of Cheshire Award-winner The Hollies Farm Shops, as well as Cheerbrook Farm Shop in Nantwich and the shop at the Hawarden Estate Farm just across the border in Wales.

Cheerbrook Farm Shop

The award winning Cheerbrook Farm Shop is located on the outskirts of Nantwich in the heart of Cheshire's countryside. The shop has been recognised with the FARMA Best On-Farm Butchery Award, the Butcher's Shop of the Year Awards Farm Shop of the Year, the National Farming Awards Best Farm Retailers, and other awards. Founded in 2000, the family-run shop offers high quality local produce and food using traditional seam butchery methods along with innovative marinades and meat preparation techniques. In addition to a butchery counter, the shop features a bakery and ready-to-cook meals. There's a full range of local fruit and vegetables, cheese, dairy, cereals, sauces, tea and much more. The Cheerbrook Café also serves a menu of local and seasonal flavours. Go to www.cheerbrook.co.uk for more information.

The Hollies Farm Shop

In 1959, The Hollies opened as a roadside vegetable stand. Over the span of 50 years, it has evolved into one of the best farm shops in Cheshire and the North West. More than just a farm shop, The Hollies is also a butchery, delicatessen, coffee shop, garden centre and gift barn. More than 40 local suppliers are represented at the well-stocked shop, which showcases some of the best food from Cheshire, neighbouring regions and around the world. The Hollies operates two farm shops in Little Budworth and Lower Stretton. The Deli at the Little Budworth also offers a selection of homemade pies, quiches, sausage rolls, salads, bread, and other tasty dishes. See www.theholliesfarmshop.co.uk for more information.

Hawarden Estate Farm Shop

Hawarden Estate boasts a range of locally sourced products, from fresh fruit and vegetables from orchards and fields on the 25-acre estate. There is also a selection of the best ingredients and produce the region has to offer, from fresh bread to tender meat cuts. Visitors can buy local and regional sauces, jams, beer, wine, ciders, honey, cakes and other delicacies from the inviting farm shop. The butchery counter is led by a professional team to ensure perfect cuts and rich flavours. A deli counter also sells a selection of salads, cooked meats, baked goods, sausage rolls and more, and a lively café serves breakfasts, light lunches and tea. Go to www.hawardenestate.co.uk for more information.

Hall Farm Shop

The Hall Farm Shop and Café is located in an old milking parlour at Alsager Hall Farm, which has been restored into a lovely space. Most goods are locally sourced, and the shop aims to provide good quality food at a reasonable price. The butchery has an impressive selection of traditional cuts and meats, as well as homemade burgers, sausages and other ready-to-cook meat products. An extensive range of cooked meats, cheeses, sausage rolls, pies and other products are available from the shop's deli. The farm shop also stocks plenty of jams, sauces and chutneys, local bread, seasonal fruit and vegetables, local ice cream, fish, and gifts. See www.hallfarmshopalsager.co.uk for more information.

Applegates Farm Shop

Located on Milton Green in Chester, Applegates Farm Shop and Café provides high quality and locally sourced produce that is often not available from major supermarkets. The shop's deli section supplies award-winning cheeses, specialty meats, cured hams, and more. Visitors can also buy homemade pies, cakes, biscuits and fresh bread as well as fruit and vegetables. Homemade chocolates are also on offer alongside a selection of wines and champagnes. All meat available at Applegates is traceable to ensure they are only sourced from compassionately reared animals. Go to www.applegatesfarmshop.co.uk for more information.