New producers are welcome.
All produce must be made, grown or crafted by you. We sell co-operatively and we all help to set up, sell and breakdown the market at the end of the sale. You don’t have your own table. The market takes a percentage to cover its operational costs (it does not make a profit) and the rest comes to you at the end of each month. We are all volunteers for the market.
You will need to join the Society and become a Member to produce for our Markets. This costs 5p. There is also a Manual and Invoice book to purchase. Produce is labelled with the Market Logo, the Producer’s Name and Address and is covered by the market insurance. Cooks must have a Level 2 Food Safety & Hygiene for Catering Certificate and your kitchen will be registered with the local authority. The Certificate can be obtained online and there are plenty of companies offering the training at a reasonable cost.
Generally the outdoor markets only sell food and the indoors markets also sell garden produce and craft, although there can be exceptions to this.
Before coronavirus some of the markets also sold refreshments. Some of our markets have reinstated this but for others the service is still closed.
Bakers and Gardeners are particularly in demand. Craft becomes more popular in the lead up to Christmas but in general sells much more slowly.
The best way to find out more is to visit your local market and ask for the Market Manager for more information. It is helpful to take along examples of your produce. Alternatively use the contact details for our nearest market.
Once you have joined you can sell at any of our markets.
There is a wide variety of packaging available for your produce. Place an order through your local market. Prices are very reasonable when ordering through Avon Country Market as we buy in bulk, sell at cost and pass the resulting savings on to our Members.
Where possible we are trying to reduce the amount of packaging. Some items are sold lose, for example scones and teacakes and placed in paper bags. WoT are making use of returnable glass jars for puddings, as this reduces waste and also keeps costs down. Some of our packaging is now compostable and we will be moving more this way. Although we have some carrier bags available (particularly for meat or plants) we encourage our customers to bring their own bags.
Updated by the webmaster 6 March 2023