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 one of The Telegraph's Top 20 UK Farmers' Markets in 2017.
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.
Coxwold Village Market - find a wide range of producers at Coxwold Village Hall on the last Saturday every month (10am-1pm) except December.
2020 dates: 28 March; 25 April; 30 May; 27 June; 25 July; 29 August; 26 September; 31 October; 28 November; Sunday 20 December
Esk Valley Mini Markets
A local Mini Market, sometimes themed, held at various locations 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.
Chaloner Street Market - 30 stalls offering a mix of food, gifts, art, live music and family fun, all on a closed street.
Dates for 2020 TBC
Helmsley Artisan Food Market at Helmsley Town Hall, featuring the best of local artisan producers on the third Friday of the month (9am-2pm).
Dates for 2020: 20 March, 17 April, 15 May, 19 June, 17 July, 21 August, 18 September, 16 October, 20 November, 18 December
The Hovingham Village Market is a previous winner of the Yorkshire Life Farmers' Market of the Year (2012) and a finalist in North Yorkshire County Council's Best Community Project Award 2015.
First Saturday of every month (10.30am-1.30pm). No market in January, extra Christmas market in December (5 and 19 December 2020).
More seasonal, than monthly, Husthwaite Village Markets are worth a visit. Head to the village hall to find between 25 and 30 stallholders, including bread, honey, cider, preserves, chocolatiers, rare breed meats, arts and crafts, jewellery, plants and flowers. The Apple Tree Café also serves up delicious home-made hot and cold food and beverages.
2020 dates tbc
- 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.
- Harvest Food Festival (12 September 2020) and special Malton Christmas Market (TBC December 2020) with festive gifts, live chef demos and more
Ryedale Farmers' Market - Last Saturday of every month from March - September
T: Linda Bulmer - 01653 692151 or go to Malton Livestock Auctioneers for more details.
Third Thursday in each month (8.30am - 1pm) 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 February until December (excluding August) (9am - 3pm). More details here.
Find locally sourced or hand made produce inside and outside the village hall.
Winner of FARMA's National Farmers' Market of the Year 2014 and in the Telegraph's Top 20 UK Farmers' Markets for 2017. 36 stallholders selling organic vegetables, meat, British charcuterie, chocolates, plants and more.
Wykeham Village Market is held weekly on Fridays (8am to 1pm)
In The Hillyard car park opposite the Downe Arms, Wykeham
T: 01723 866600
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