There is no such thing as a typical Country Market producer. We have 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. Now she has retired she keeps busy growing plants for the market too.
Pat makes pretty butterfly cakes, delicious fruit tartlets, as well as stunningly decorated cakes made to order.
Somehow Deborah still finds time to cook for the market, alongside keeping rare-breed animals on her smallholding near St. Briavels, and supplying Gloucester Service stations on the M5. She 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. 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 must be busy the other days too as they bring boxes of preserves, fruit, veg and plants for sale too.
At first, Judith just brought spare eggs and vegetables to sell when she joined us, 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 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.
Jennie is a multi-talented lady. 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 12 regular producers. Those not already mentioned are Tina with free range eggs, and Pete with plants. But there's always room for more if you'd like to join us!