There is no such thing as a typical Country Market producer. At times we have had all sorts from youngsters on gap year, smallholders, microbusinesses, pensioners, and parents of pre-schoolers. If you think you might like to join us, see the 'Want to Join Us?' page.
Here's a bit about some of Coleford market's current producers...
Val is our market manager, keeping us all organised. She is also our most experienced bakers, bringing all sorts of delicious goodies including sponges, fruit pies and marmalade, and her traditional Welsh Cakes are our best-selling item. She grows plants and veg for the market too.
Our latest recruit is Elizabeth, and we're delighted to welcome her to the team. She used to have her own stall at Farmers Markets in Wales, but has quickly settled in to our cooperative way of working. The bread loaves pictured on the home page are hers, and she also brings a range of cakes, and will be baking Christmas cakes and mince pies.
Deborah brings delicious sausage rolls and foggies (short for 'forest oggies', an oggy being an old name for a pasty), often filled with meat from their own animals on Cinderhill Farm at St Briavels. Find out more at herCinderhill Farmwebsite.
Victor can't always be with us at the market, but we're very pleased to have his hand-made pottery items to sell. And yes, his name really is Victor Hugo!
Lesley and husband Boris take turns in their kitchen on a Thursday. Lesley bakes cakes, including the popular Luscious Lemon, and makes sure she brings at least one type of gluten-free cake to market each week. Boris makes homity pies (main ingredients leek & potato) and hummus, and brings bottles of delicious pasteurised apple juice made from their own apples. After tasting it you'll never want to drink the stuff from cartons again! They also bring boxes of preserves, seasonal fruit and veg for sale too.
At first, Judith just brought spare eggs and vegetables to sell, but after we discovered what excellent cakes she makes we persuaded her to bring those to market too. Her Bara-Brith is now a regular feature, with other seasonal recipes ringing the changes.
Judy is our main honey producer, and also bakes cheese scones and all-butter shortbread, and contributes to the preserves shelves. A keen gardener, Judy also brings shrubs and perennials, propagated from her garden, and seasonal fruit and veg.
Jennie is a multi-talented crafter. She knits, crochets, sews, weaves lavender bottles, and engraves wood (pyrography). A bespoke nameplate can be ready for you next week, and if you can wait a bit longer you can buy a made-to-measure jumper in the colour of your choice.
Last year we were delighted to welcome Margaret to our market, with a wide selection of willow baskets (see picture on home page). Every month a new design appears!
In total we have 13 regular producers. Those not already mentioned are Tina with free range eggs, and Richard and Andrew with honey. But there's always room for more if you'd like to join us!