For centuries, farmers made the trek into a town or village to sell their produce at market. The lively markets provided essential food supplies and were an important focus for the local community.
Today, Eden's colourful Farmers' Markets are helping to revive that tradition, by providing quality local produce, sold by the people in the know - the farmers, growers, bakers and makers themselves.
Brough Farmers' Market
Held on the third Saturday of each month from 9.30am to 2pm all year round.
Brough Farmers' Market is held indoors in Brough Memorial Hall in the centre of the village. Stalls offer produce of the highest quality, with a truly local flavour. 80% of the farmers and producers trading at the market, live within 30 miles of Brough. All of them are enthusiasts; happy to talk about their produce.
For further information visit the Brough Farmers' Market website.
Orton Farmers' Market
Held on the second Saturday of each month all year round from 9.30am to 2.30pm
Orton is a traditional fell farming village that nestles in the heart of Eden. This normally tranquil village is transformed on market day by the sights, sounds and smells of a thriving country market.
At Orton Farmers' Market over 35 local farmers, growers, producers and artisan craftsmen offer a tremendous variety of high quality and speciality local produce and crafts.
With live music at most markets, special events such as cookery demonstrations, an award winning chocolate factory on the doorstep, and parking for the disabled, a trip to the award winning Orton Farmers' Market is a great day out for the whole family.
For further information visit the Orton Farmers' Market website.
Penrith Farmers' Market
Held on the third Tuesday of each month from March to December from 9.30am to 2.30pm in Penrith.
The attractive colourful stalls entice the discerning shopper, keen to buy fresh local food, while learning where it came from and how it was grown or made. The stallholders, a number of whom are award-winning producers, are also keen to offer a wealth of food know-how and recipes for their produce.
Penrith Farmers' Market offers a tempting array of local specialities, seasonal produce and distinctive crafts, all within the heart of town. And with its individual specialist shops, varied eating places and parking nearby, a visit to the historic market town of Penrith is well worth adding to your shopping list.
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Eden Weekly Markets
Eden towns have chartered market days which welcome local traders to showcase their wares weekly.
- Appleby Saturday Market - held in Boroughgate. A small, friendly market offering fruit and vegetables, baking, wet fish, household linens and books; with extra stallholders attending during the summer
- Kirkby Stephen Monday Market - held in Market Square
- Penrith Tuesday Market - held in Cornmarket, with a small but varied selection of traders who gather in the Bandstand in the town centre
- Penrith Saturday Market and Car Boot Sale - held at the Auction Mart (Junction 40, M6, A66) every Saturday from 9am to 4pm
Alston Community Market
Held on the first Saturday of the month in Alston Town Hall, 10am to 2pm.