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 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

Chichester Farmers' Market wins at the Sussex Food and Drink Awards

Stallholders at Chichester's Farmers' Market have been recognised for their high quality produce and hard work after the market won Sussex Farmers' Market of the Year at the Sussex Food and Drink Awards 2018.

To make their decision, a panel of judges carried out a secret visit to each of the ten shortlisted markets. The award, sponsored by Harveys Brewery, was presented at a glittering ceremony on Wednesday 7 February in Brighton. Each stallholder will have the chance to display the award over the coming weeks.

Another award winner on the evening was Bookhams Cheese, a regular attendee at Chichester Farmers' Market. It won the coveted Best Producer of the Year award. During the evening, guests enjoyed a seven course banquet featuring ingredients sourced from across East and West Sussex.

"Our stallholders work extremely hard throughout the year to ensure a wonderful range of top quality produce - we are delighted that the market has been recognised with this wonderful award," says Councillor John Connor, Cabinet Member for Environment Services at Chichester District Council. "As well as our excellent producers, this award also recognises all the hard work that goes into organising the market and all those who are up at the crack of dawn setting up the stalls.

"On behalf of all the stallholders I would also like to thank all the customers who shop at the market and continue to support local food."

Mike Stace, owner of Noble and Stace Chocolatiers says, "I'm so pleased that Aime and the Chichester Farmers Market team have received the recognition they deserve from the Sussex Food & Drink Awards organisers, the judges and of course the customers who support the market. As a small rural business the market is a really important way for me to present my products to potential customers and be able to talk to people about what I do."

Chichester Farmers' Market runs on the first and third Fridays of the month, 9am until 2pm in East Street and West Street.

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 Markets Dates
Friday 1st JuneFriday 15th June
Friday 6th JulyFriday 20th July
Friday 3rd AugustFriday 17th August
Friday 7th SeptemberFriday 21st September
Friday 5th OctoberFriday 19th October
Friday 2nd NovemberFriday 16th November
Friday 7th December Friday 21st December

 

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

Local food has less far to travel so can be delivered and sold soon after it is picked. The food should be fresh and at its best. Producers also can select varieties for flavour rather than those that travel well or have a long shelf life. These might be heritage varieties or just unusual.

Reduces your impact on the environment

Seasonal food is usually abundant and delivers maximum eating pleasure for the best price. Fruit and veg in season will usually be field grown, which minimises their energy demand and carbon footprint. Local fruit and veg will usually be what is seasonally available in your area and it's much easier to buy locally to buy seasonal.

Supports your local economy

Research shows local food can support hundreds of jobs at outlets, even in small towns, and this in turn supports producers in your area (we define local as within 30 miles of where you shop). This means the money you spend automatically circulates again locally and at least 2 to 3 times, boosting prosperity. This can really count in areas where there are no major industries or large employers.

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 2018) 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.