About the Farmers' Market

Chichester District first Farmers' Market was held in 1998. They have been held regularly every month since then, growing in size and frequency over time.

Today the markets are held on the 1st and 3rd Friday each month in Chichester. Each market is attended by stallholders selling a wide variety of fresh quality produce.

All our stallholders are required to grow, rear, bake, and/or preserve all their produce and are based within 30 miles of Chichester. The majority of our stallholders are primary producers offering a wide variety of meat, fruit, vegetables and eggs. Other types of produce include fish, cheeses, honey, cakes, chutneys and plants. In addition you will find a number of guest producers who provide specialities across the year.

We believe our markets are one of the best in the region. All of our markets are certified with the National Farmers' Market Association (FARMA). This means our markets are 'genuine' Farmers' Markets and all our stallholders have to comply with the following conditions to attend:

  • All produce must be grown, reared, caught, brewed, pickled, baked, smoked or processed by the stallholder
  • The stallholder must be from the local area
  • All processed food must contain a minimum of 30% local ingredients where possible

Farmers' Market dates

Chichester market

  • Location: City Centre
  • Time: 9.00 - 14.00
  • Day: Fridays
  • Frequency: 1st and 3rd Friday of each month

 

Chichester farmers' market dates
MonthDate
June16.06.17
July07.07.17 & 21.07.17
August04.08.17 & 18.08.17
September01.09.17 & 15.09.17
October06.10.17 & 20.10.17
November03.11.17 & 17.11.17
December01.12.17 & 15.12.17

Farmers' Market Club

If you would like to be updated regularly on the Farmers' Market and benefit from discounted product promotions then sign up to our Farmers' Market club. Members of the club will receive bi-monthly email newsletters about coming markets, details of produce for sale, special discounts, events and competitions. To sign up please contact the Farmers' Market.

The District Council will not pass member's details onto any third party.

Why shop at a Farmers' market?

Fresh food

Fresh produce declines in nutritional value the longer it is left between harvesting and eating, so the sooner fruit and vegetables can be eaten after harvesting the better.

Reduces your impact on the environment

The food is in season, has minimal packaging, and has travelled less. All of which have huge environmental benefits. The organisation Sustain estimated that a complete roast dinner brought from a supermarket could have travelled approximately 24,000 miles before it is eaten. This is compared to buying a similar meal from a farmers' markets where the food would have only travelled approximately 80 miles.

Supports your local economy

A New Economics Foundation Study showed that £10 spent in a Cornish local box scheme resulted in a £25.90 investment in the local economy. A comparative study showed that spending £10 at a supermarket results in a £14 investment locally.

 

Become a stall holder

Our Farmers' Markets aim to support farmers and producers who are local to Chichester District Council. Our markets are very popular and for most of our markets we currently have a waiting list of stall holders who are wanting a pitch. We give priority to traders who are based within Chichester District, who are primary producers i.e. a farmer or grower who has grown or raised what they are selling and traders selling produce which is not sold by current stall holders.

Pitch fee

The pitch fee (from 1 April 2016) is £51 (+ £3 parking per market) for Chichester Farmers' Markets. For this you will get a canopy (size 3m by 2m). If you require electricity this is charged at £5 per market per day.

Terms and conditions

If you wish to trade at our farmers' markets there are a number of conditions which you have to meet. Please read our Farmers' Market Traders Terms and Conditions document.

Selling alcohol

If you are a trader selling alcohol you must comply with the Licensing Act. Please read our Alcohol Licensing Requirements document for further information.

What to do next?

  1. Contact the Farmers' Market Co-ordinator to check if your product is suitable for the farmers' market.
  2. Request an application form from the Farmers' Market Coordinator or download the form from here.
  3. Read the Summary Operating notes for Farmers' Market Traders.
  4. Return the completed application form with the additional paperwork to the Farmers' Market Team.
  5. We will assess your application and consider whether we are able to offer you a trading pitch. We may contact you to require more paper based information.​

Application form

Your application will then be held on a waiting list. We inspect all stall holders before they can trade at our markets, so when we have space we will be in contact to arrange this visit.