Due to recent Government guidance regarding stronger restrictions, we can confirm that the Farmers Market will be operating essential-only products. Once we have a complete list of traders we will update this section. The next market is on Friday 15 January.

How coronavirus is affecting the Farmers' Market

Chichester Farmers Market is currently operating at the Cattle Market car park to ensure that social distancing measures can be put in place. The market operates from 9am to 2pm. Each market is attended by stall holders selling a wide variety of fresh quality produce. The market will continue to be held in this temporary location until further notice. It is preferred that you pay by Card and not cash, all traders will be operating in this manner.

Update regarding current Government Restrictions in place from Wednesday 6 January 2021

We would like to reassure you that  the market is being held in line with all the appropriate government guidance in place. The Government has stated that markets can go ahead as long as they only include the stalls classed as essential retail, this includes food, plants and alcohol. We will also be spacing the stalls appropriately.

Holding the market provides another option for local residents to buy food and helps remove some pressure from city centre shops. Being outside, the market is a lower risk and some people have said that they feel safer shopping at an outdoor market rather than indoors in a supermarket.

Many other councils are continuing to hold their markets for the same reasons and compliance has been good from shoppers. We know that many people in Chichester are grateful for this reduced market still going ahead. Our Farmers Market Co-ordinator will be present throughout. If government guidance changes, we will of course review arrangements accordingly.

As with any shopping facility, we urge people to respect the social distancing guidelines, which includes limiting those from your household, and leaving as soon as you have finished making your purchases.

The traders attending market on Friday 5 March (this is subject to change) are:

  • Apuldram Centre

  • Hampshire Game

  • Glasshouse Salads

  • Hill House Farm

  • Kens Eggs

  • Leesa not just Alpines

  • Lodgehill Nursery

  • Nut Knowle Farm

  • Olives and Things

  • Picnic and Hamper

  • Sodt

  • Selsey Seafood

  • St Columba Meats

  • Sussex Bee Honey

Strict social distancing measures will be in place to ensure the safety of both customers and stall holders. These include:

  • cashless payment with all traders now able to take card.
  • no food tasters
  • all produce will be pre-wrapped - any food on display will not be for sale
  • 2 metre social distancing will be in place at all of the stalls, with limited numbers allowed to queue. You may be asked to go to another stall if the queue too large 
  • do not attend if you have COVID symptoms
  • where possible shop and don't stop
  • traders will be wearing masks when serving unless classed as exempt.

All our stallholders are required to grow, rear, bake, and/or preserve all their produce and are based within 50 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

Farmers' Market dates

  • Location: Temporary Location Cattle Market Car Park
  • Time: 9.00 - 14.00
  • Day: Fridays Frequency: 1st and 3rd Friday of each month

Farmers Markets Dates - First and third Friday of the month

  • Friday 5 and 19 March
  • Friday 2 and 16 April
  • Friday 7 and 21 May
  • Friday 4 and 18 June
  • Friday 2 and 16 July

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. All the traders at Chichester Farmers Market are from a 50 mile radius of the City. The food should be fresh, seasonal and ready for your plate. You can meet the people behind the product, ask how to cook it and maybe what to serve it with.

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. We aim to offer a diverse range of produce for the customers of the market. If you wish to try a stall then please to contact our Farmers Market Co-ordinator at farmersmarket@chichester.gov.uk for an informal chat. We were winners of the Sussex Farmers Market of the year 2018.

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.

Pitch fee

Please contact farmers market co-ordinator for fees during temporary location at Cattle Market Car Park.

The pitch fee is £51 including VAT (+ £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. New Trader offer available, please contact our Farmers Market Co-ordinator.


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.​