Fun for all the family

Stroud Farmers’ Market isn’t just a great place to buy local food and produce, it’s a great day out for the whole family. Here’s why…

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Celebrate Children’s Day on 12th September: in association with the Stroud Valleys Project, our first Children’s Day is a chance for children to get closer to local food and produce. To celebrate the harvest, children will be able to have a go at milling wheat into flour which they can take home and try in one of the special Children’s Day recipes that will be available. There will also be a tasting trail around the market where children can try a whole variety of delicious local food from bread to cheese to brownies… no need to bring lunch! Children’s day is running from 10am-2pm, Saturday 12th September

Enjoy the entertainment: Stroud Farmers’ Market offers an open platform to buskers at the market; there are many great musicians who love to play every Saturday as well as a great many budding young musicians who come along to show the crowd their musical skills. With the Fringe and Folk Festivals coming up soon, that’ll mean even more music to your ears!

Forage for free: there are always lots of free samples and free tasting opportunities at the market. Not only is this a great way for traders to trial new products, it gives young taste buds the chance to try new flavours. Take youngsters to Lishkins to try their wonderful chutneys and jams, Leafy’s for kale crisps, The Cotswold Pudding Company for amazing sticky puddings (including gluten-free), Jess’s Ladies Organic Farm Milk for milk, yoghurts and cream and Days Cottage for slices of weird and wonderfully-named apple and pear varieties. Most stallholders will be delighted to offer free tastings so please just ask!

Discover new flavours: children can surprise you with the foods they will or won’t eat and often enjoy foods with stronger, more exotic flavours. Give them food from around the world by snacking on chicken satay from Niang’s Thai Snacks, spring rolls from Saira’s South Asian Savoury, vegan and gluten-free falafels from Funky Falafels and marinated olives from Fresh Olives. Or play it safe with hot dogs and burgers from Adey’s Organics and Hinton Marsh Farm. For pudding, beat the queues at Pippin Doughnuts or pick up a treat or two from Sweet Hearts, Must-Have Muffins and Fair and Square.