Farmers’ Markets were originally set up to enable small farmers, growers and businesses to sell their locally grown produce direct to the public without any third party interest. They generally use less intensive methods of farming and there is more transparency in the food ingredients sourced for all products. Some markets have developed to include street food stalls and food sellers using no locally sourced ingredients.
Maidenhead Farmers’ Market was the first to launch in Berkshire and has been running continuously since September 1999.
TVFM run farmers’ markets in Ascot, Windsor, Reading and Newbury.
Farm Shops, Cafes and Artisan Bakeries
Farm shops and outlets supporting local producers and customers in Berkshire and environs meriting recommendation are:
Castleman’s Farm Shop, Wooburn Common, Maidenhead
Fernygrove Farm Shop, Hawthorn Hill, Bracknell
Pinewood Nurseries, Slough
Lockey Farm Shop, Arborfield, sAd
Lin’s Veg Shed, Hardwick Estate
Cobbs Farm Shop, Hungerford
Riverways Farm eggs, Twyford
True Food Co-op, Emmer Green, Reading
Rex Artisan Bakery, Windsor
Rural Pie Co, Twyford
Warings Bakery, Reading area
Fox’s Fridge, Lyde Green Farm, near Reading for raw milk
Copas Farms PYO Fruit Farms, Cookham and Iver (May – Sept)
Black Horse “Farm Shop”, Fulmer, a new enterprise from the Black Horse pub
Home Cottage Farm PYO (Aug – Nov) fruit and honey, Iver Heath
Royal Farm Shop, Old Windsor
The Egg Shed at Stokes Farm, Wokingham
Grays Farm PYO, May – October (soft fruit and veg), Wokingham
The Honesty Group, cafes and pubs in West Berkshire
Saddleback Farm Shop, near Newbury (part of the Honesty Group)
Waltham Place Farm, Maidenhead, organic meats, veg & preserves (June-December)
Berks Slow Food
Slow Food is an international non-profit, eco-gastronomic movement with an active local group, comprising producers and food lovers alike, who gather to connect with and celebrate the pleasures of the table and a shared passion for real food. Slow Food works internationally to promote food, which is good, clean and fair by spreading taste education, defending biodiversity and connecting producers with co-producers, engaging the youth to shape the future of Slow Food. For more information visit www.slowfood.org.uk
Slow Food Berkshire & Wiltshire holds many convivial events throughout the year.
Berkshire Beers deliver Berkshire brewed craft beers to your door!
At Cook my Grub you can order from local chefs and cooks specialising in international cuisine. Launched in Slough in 2021, with rapidly expanding coverage in the Thames Valley.
Challens Chicks deliver fresh free range eggs straight to your door in the Maidenhead area.
Moneyrow Beans roast and supply a range of coffees and is a UK distributor for Gorilla Conservation Coffee.
My Local Larder is a new doorstep delivery service offering local produce direct to parts of Berkshire, Hampshire, Wiltshire and Oxon.
Park View Dairy milk delivery in the Maidenhead/Windsor area.
The Grazing Board Company deliver luxury grazing boxes to your door, or arrange collection from them at Mortimer.
Loaf to your Door, delivers fresh breads, patisserie, honey and pastas in West Berkshire.