Update

[21.05.2020] The farmers market is being reintroduced on Friday 5 June as a FOOD only market, in a temporary location at Cattle Market Car Park, Chichester. This is a health and safety measure in order to reduce the number of people in the main high street at any one time, in preparation for more shops starting to reopen. 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.

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

  • a one-in, one-out queuing system at entry
  • one-way system 
  • 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. 
     

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Chichester Farmers' Market runs on the first and third Fridays of the month, 9am until 2pm in the City Centre pedestrian area. 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 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

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 5th JuneFriday 19th June
Friday 3rd JulyFriday 17th July
Friday 7th August  Friday 21st August
Friday 4th SeptemberFriday 18th September
Friday 2nd OctoberFriday 16th October
Friday 6th NovemberFriday 20th November

 

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 ofthe 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.

 

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.​

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.