Celebrating harvest time in the Cotswolds

30th September 2016

Categories: Media News

It’s a wonderful time of the year to enjoy the abundance of produce grown in the Cotswolds.

Stroud Farmers' Market

Fresh from the market

We have regular farmers’ markets in our Cotswold towns where you can buy local fruit and veg, cheese, meat, bread and tasty homemade treats!   

A must-visit destination for food lovers is Stroud Farmers' Market - one of the biggest and best farmers’ markets in the country - which takes place every Saturday in Cornhill market place, with over 50 stalls selling a wide range of locally produced and locally grown goods.

Another firm favourite is Cirencester Farmers' Market, held on the 2nd and 4th Saturdays of the month. Along with local fruit and veg, you can buy pies, home-baked goodies, locally cured free range meat, Gloucestershire cheese, wine from a local vineyard and craft beers.

Tewkesbury Farmers’ and Craft Market has a great mix of local produce from farmers, growers and food producers, plus a wonderful collection of local arts and crafts. It takes place on the 2nd Saturday of the month.

Find out about other great farmers’ markets in the area:

Down on the farm

There are also some excellent farm shops across the Cotswolds where you can sample local produce.  Here are just a few:

Abbey Home Farm

A 1600 acre mixed organic farm with an award-winning farm shop, café , cookery courses and much more! The farm shop is supplied with produce from the farm: meat, eggs, honey, flour (made into bread in our micro bakery), cheeses, yoghurt, cream and butter using milk from our Shorthorns. Vegetarian during the week, the cafe is famous for its salads inspired by over 150 varieties of vegetables and soft fruit grown in the garden.

Old Farm

You may recognise Old Farm as it appeared in Nigel & Adam’s Farm Kitchen – the shop in the barn is where Nigel Slater cooked some amazing meals with local produce. The farm shop sells home-produced lamb, beef and pork, eggs, cheese, butter, yogurts and fruit and veg from other local farms.

Upton Smokery

Located just outside Burford in the heart of the Cotswolds, Upton Smokery specialises in smoked meat, game and fish but it is also an excellent farm shop, selling seasonal fruit and veg, eggs, and a wide range of tasty treats!

Harvest events

Festival of Harvest at Berkeley Castle, 2 October

Find out where your food comes from, sample all sorts of tasty treats plus farm animals in the Inner Bailey, award-winning ales in the Beer Cellar, cookery demos in the Buttery, cheese and chutneys in the medieval kitchens, harvest displays around the Castle and Morris dancing!

The Cotswolds Food & Drink Fayre 22-23 October

Sample award-winning local food and drink at Gloucestershire Warwickshire Steam Railway’s Toddington Station, plus cooking demos from our excellent Cotswolds chefs. You can also enjoy a ride on a classic steam or diesel train!


The team at Snowshill (National Trust) will be celebrating this beautiful and colourful time of year. The menu will be filled with home made apple delights, you can chat to local experts and enjoy the flavours of this season.