Dorset Farmers' Markets

Fresh Seasonal Local


If you are passing at a market come & pick up one of our new 'shoppers'. It will last forever!!

There is a great range of fresh, local loveliness for sale at each Dorset Farmers’ Market. You can bring a shopping list and chat with our farmers, producers and growers directly to find out just what you are buying. Look further down the page & see how you can be sure it's the good stuff.

If you are a courageous cook or a nervy novice you can get tips & pick up the ingredients for your Dorset delights. If you are just a fan of great food and drink you can choose what you need from your weekly shopping list & perhaps a treat or two for the weekend. You can buy meals made by someone else when you fancy a break from the cooking & snacks to make up a quick lunch or a seaside picnic. For foodie friends (and who isn't) the Markets are a great place for a gift to thank the dog walker, the baby sitter or surprise someone with a proper taste of Dorset Birthday present. 

More than 9,000 people attended the Dorset Food & Arts Festival at Queen Mother Square in Poundbury on Saturday 6th August.

The annual free event, which is now in its fifth year, is supported by the Duchy of Cornwall and featured more than 70 local food and drink stalls, including the regular Poundbury Dorset Farmers Market stallholders, as well as demonstrations by some of Dorset's leading chefs, plus musical performances throughout the day. Festival Chairman Mrs Christine Walsh, of the Duchy of Cornwall at Poundbury, said: "The festival has grown from year to year and this has proved to be the best one yet. Id' like to say a huge thank you to all the members of the committee who worked so tirelessly to ensure the success of the event, together with our generous sponsors and the crowds who came on the day. Here’s to 2017!"



Serves 4

425g raw beetroot, peeled

1 large red onion, peeled and finely sliced

5tbsp rapeseed oil

3tbsp good quality balsamic vinegar

1.Peel the beetroot and coarsely shred it through the food processor.

2.Toss everything together and season well with sea salt and black pepper.



2 tablespoons olive oil

2 tablespoons dry sherry

55g (2oz) chorizo sausage, diced

225g baby plum tomatoes halved

salt & freshly ground black pepper

1 Heat a non-stick frying pan. Add the chorizo sausage and fry over a high heat for 1 minute. Remove with a slotted spoon and set to one side. Add the tomatoes and sherry to the pan and fry for 1-2 minutes until softened and reduced, spoon the reserved chorizo back into the pan and warm through. Serve at once with some crusty bread 


Serves 4

225g plain flour

1tbsp baking powder

30g salted butter

1tbsp milk, approx

1 large egg

150ml soured cream

1 tbsp rapeseed oil and a generous knob of butter for cooking

Icing sugar for dusting

  1. Sieve the flour and baking powder into a mixing bowl.
  2. Add the butter and using your fingertips, rub into the flour to form fine breadcrumbs.
  3. Mix together milk, egg and soured cream. Pour into the flour and gently mix together until it forms a soft dough.
  4. Turn out onto a lightly floured surface and gently roll out into an 8 inch round. Cut into 8-10 wedges.
  5. Place a non-stick frying pan over a low to medium heat and melt the butter and rapeseed oil. Add the scone wedges and cook for approximately 6-8 minutes each side until just firm and golden on both sides.
  6. Dust with icing sugar and serve with berry jam.


Serve 4

1 small punnet raspberries

1 tsp vanilla bean paste

1 tbsp incing sugar

1 small punnet strawberries, hulled and halved.

2 tbsp blueberries

  1. In a small bowl mash 2/3rd of the raspberries with the vanilla bean paste and the icing sugar, until mushy and jam like.
  2. Stir through the remaining soft fruits and pile into a small Kilner jar.

Serve with the scones and a large dollop of clotted cream alongside

Colourful displays from the orange of shellfish to pink trout and caramel colour breads, bright flowers & multicoloured fruit. 

Listen to the chatter & banter between customers & traders - listen in & you'll hear some great tips on what others have tried & returned to buy again!

Aromas of cheeses, bakes, chutneys, wines & coffee.

Taste the samples that many of the producers provide - try the water buffalo sausages, the jams & chutneys, rapeseed dressings, the range of cheeses, smoked trout pate to name but a few.

You can't do too much touching of the produce but the veg chaps will let you check your fruit & veggies.

Help to support your local economy & reduce food miles when you shop at a Dorset Farmers’ Market!

You might like to know how we assure that only the good stuff is offered to you.  The producers at our Markets have to meet specific criteria so that you can be sure of authentic high quality proper local produce. Local is within a 30 mile radius of the markets that they attend BUT if there is some thing you really really want & we can't get it within that area we will make occasional exceptions. 

All the produce our chaps sell must be grown, reared, caught or processed by the stallholders & they are only allowed to sell their own produce. We emphasise that the gang use local ingredients as far as possible. Many of the producers, in recognition of the high quality, use one anothers' produce in their own goods.  Our marketeers MUST have the appropriate evidence of compliance with Environmental Health legislation & the correct insurance in place. We also expect them to be at markets they are committed to so that you can get the goodies you have had before & your favourites.

It is also worth looking to see just how many of our independent producers have awards such as Great Taste and Taste of the West for their yummy stuff.

If you want to know more or have any concerns please speak to our Market Managers who should be able to help or know some one who can!