Held on the first and third Saturday of each month from 8.30am to 2.00pm at the Sheep Market in St Ives town centre.
Our eleven-year old, thriving farmers’ market, in the heart of our historic town, bustles with excitement twice a month, and is one of our town’s leading attractions for residents and visitors alike. The reasons are clear. A vast array of products is available – Angus beef, rare breed pork, game, fish, poultry, organic bread, cakes and pastries, award-winning chutneys, jams, charcuterie meats, honey and pies, traditionally made cheeses, soft fruit, vegetables and chillies, plus garden plants.
The atmosphere is fantastic, the aromas beguiling and the opportunity to socialise makes the whole shopping experience a joy. Our popular ‘taster days’ allow new foodie experiences to be discovered, with locally produced scrumpy cider and beer on offer, and usually with musical entertainment. All produce is top quality and sourced within 30 miles, and all stall holders meet the same standards for health, safety and labelling as any other retail outlet. We are very proud of our market.
Our market has a vibrant atmosphere with satisfied shoppers, stall-holders and town- centre shop keepers. The setting is perfect. Stalls are arranged in two facing rows on a wide pavement with benches and this creates a village square or ‘piazza’ feeling.
Access to adjacent shops is not impeded and the central space allows for queues (common!), tasting and socialising. We benefit from a Guided Busway which provides a direct route into our town centre and the market for many neighbouring villages. The central location ensures that money is spent in the local economy, provides an outlet for local produce, helps to encourage start-up businesses, and the expansion of existing, and creates higher footfall for the benefit of all local businesses.
Local charities and community groups regularly request permission to promote themselves at the market as this provides them with a large and regular ‘captive’ audience.
St Ives Town Council,