Why not sample quality fresh local food and drink with a visit to one of these farmers' markets? Enjoy the friendly atmosphere and have a chat with the passionate people behind your food. Many also include craft makers and artists showcasing their beautiful handcrafted work. They're award-winners too, Stokesley taking the 2014 FARMA National Farmers' Market of the year, and Saltburn one of the six finalists.
Depending on the season, you'll find a wide range of homemade produce, sometimes organic, from lamb, pork, beef, poultry and game, to fruit and vegetables, beer and cider, pies, cakes, biscuits, artisan bread, honey, jams, oils, chutneys, sauces, soups, chocolate and more. For the gardening enthusiast, you'll often find a range of herbs, plants and shrubs too.
As well as enjoying great tasting produce, by buying direct you'll be helping the local economy and farming communities which maintain much of the outstanding landscape in the North York Moors.
Can't wait until the next market? Luckily you'll find many market towns hold traditional weekly markets and Country Markets and plenty of farm shops on your doorstep selling fresh produce, and usually stocking other Yorkshire food and drink, and tasty treats too.
Esk Valley Mini Markets
A local Mini Market, sometimes themed, held in Danby Village Hall where most of the stallholders are from local farming families. Free admission. Sit down for a brew and homemade cakes too. Check their Facebook page for more details of each market and opening times.
2017 dates: 11 February (10-3), 15 April (10-3), 29 April (10-3), 27 May (10-3), 1 July (10-3), 29 July (10-4), 12 August (10-4), 26 August (10-4), 30 September (10-3), 11 November (10-3), 9 December (10-8pm)
Second Saturday of the month in the market square (10.00am - 3.00pm)
T: 01287 651601
The Hovingham Village Market is a previous winner of the Yorkshire Life Farmers' Market of the Year (2012) and was a finalist in the North Yorkshire County Council Best Community Project Award 2015.
First Saturday of every month (10.30am - 1.30pm). No market in January, extra Christmas market in December (2 and 16 December 2017).
More seasonal, than monthly, Husthwaite Village Markets are worth a visit. Head to the new village hall to find around 25 stallholders, including bread, honey, cider, preserves, chocolatiers, rare breed meats, arts and crafts, and café serving homemade food and beverages.
2017 dates: TBC (usually 11.00am - 3.00pm).
- Over 35 food and drink stalls. Set in and around the Milton Rooms and located in Malton’s central Market Place with live music and cooking.
- Special Harvest Food Festival (9 September) and Christmas market (9 December) with Santa, mince pies, a festive treat hunt for the kids.
Ryedale Farmers' Market - Last Saturday of every month (except December - early for Christmas)
T: Linda Bulmer - 01653 692151 or go to Malton Livestock Auctioneers for more details.
First Thursday in each month (8.30am - 1.00pm) in The Old Post Office Yard (off Market Place, opposite White Swan)
T: Andrew Dunce - 01751 473780
2014 finalist for the National Farmers' Market of the Year and run by the social enterprise Food First, find Saltburn Farmers' Market outside Sainsbury's, Milton Street.
Second Saturday of the month from March until December (excluding August) (9.00am - 3.00pm). More details here.
Scarborough Food Fair is held fortnightly on the first and third Saturday of the month in the Town Centre at Westborough, outside the Brunswick Shopping Centre. Find a range of local produce including fruit, vegetables, meat, bread, pies and more.
Quarterly Country Market held in the Village Hall, Main Street, Staintondale YO13 0EY Dates for 2017: TBC (usually 10.30am to 4.30pm).
Winner of FARMA's National Farmers' Market of the Year 2014. 36 stallholders selling organic vegetables, meat, British charcuterie, chocolates, plants and more.
Wykeham Village Market is held weekly on Fridays (8.30am to 1.00pm)
In The Hillyard car park opposite the Downe Arms, Wykeham
T: 01723 866600 or go to Dawnay Estate to find out more.
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