On the whole, farm shops (see our farm shop/farmers’ market map) sell their own produce plus other locally sourced items, so are an efficient way of stocking up on local edibles if you have plenty of carrying capacity. If you prefer organically-produced items, or want your meat, dairy and eggs from animals in less intensive systems, then these outlets may stock what you are looking for. Please contact us with any information as we haven’t used farm shops so far – there is a limit to the weight you can carry on a bicycle or two. However, we need to investigate the one actually in Congleton itself (i.e. Cheshire Farm Shop at Congleton Garden Centre, Moss Rd), the one in Astbury (at Glebe Farm) and the one in Newbold Astbury (at Rushey Hey Farm as they are close enough to pedal home with a heavy load.
For those who are driving past anyway, other farm shops may be more convenient. To the south, there’s the long-established Cuttleford Farm near Little Moreton Hall. To the north, on the A536 Congleton Road towards Macclesfield, just north of Eaton, there’s New Pastures Farm Shop (01260 223217) selling potatoes, other veg, fruit and eggs. Also, nearly opposite there is (or was) Holland’s Nurseries Farm Shop and Delicatessen with fruit, veg, meat and dairy on sale – please contact us to let us know if Holland’s business still exists.
Farmers’ markets (see our farm shops/farmers’ markets map) enable local growers, farmers and producers to sell direct to the public. Local in this case is not just Cheshire, but nearby counties (usually Lancs, Derbys, Staffs, Shropshire) so ask the stallholders as you might be shocked at the distances they travel, which certainly cancels out the implied ‘local’ aspect.
In addition to Congleton’s own traditional market (every Tues and Sat) that includes food stalls, there is also a monthly Sunday Congleton’s Artisan Market.
Other markets in the area operate on different days, so if you can’t get to one, you should be able to track down your favourite suppliers at another as regular stall holders attend each one in turn.
Rode Hall Farmers’ Market is held 11 times a year, on the 1st Saturday of every month except January, from 9.00am until 1.30pm. We usually cycle there with the Congleton Cycling Campaign but there is also one public transport option from Congleton ie the 315 bus to either Scholar Green or Rode Heath, but be prepared for a walk at the end. If you get off the bus at the Co-op in Scholar Green, there’s a pleasant walk along a pavement in Church Lane to the entrance to the hall. If you stay on the bus for about 30 mins until it gets to Rode Heath, and then get off at the corner of Sandbach Rd and Knutsford Rd, it’s a shorter walk by entering Rode Hall estate through a pedestrian gate.
The Treacle Market in Macclesfield is on the last Sunday of every month (except in December when it takes place on whichever Sunday is before Christmas), from 10am to 3pm, and is easier to get to by public transport than Rode Hall – there’s an hourly 38 bus between Congleton and Macclesfield on Sundays.
Wilmslow Artisan Market is on the 3rd Saturday of every month, from 10am to 5pm
If you know of any other local produce or local outlets for it, please tell us via our contact form and we will add the information here.