Rye Farmers Market
Interested in Selling?
If you are interested in having a stall at Rye or Battle Farmers' Market here are the answers to some of the frequently asked questions. If you questioned is not answered below please contact us. If you are still interested please fill in the application form below.
Who can have a stall at the market?
The market is for LOCAL producers. The definition of local is a flexible 30 mile radius. In fact the majority of our stall holders are local farmers/smallholders but we also would like to include local crafts and other non-food products as long as they are made locally and use local materials wherever possible.
How do I apply for a stall at the market?
Please download our application form from the link at the top of this page and send it to us.
If you have any questions please ring the market manager on 07530 137183.
How much does a stall cost?
£15 per stall, per week for Rye. £22.50 for the Battle Saturday market.
What are the times of the market?
The Rye market opens officially at 10am and closes at 1pm in the Summer and 12pm in the Winter although customers generally start to arrive at 9.30. Stallholders should start arriving from 8am.
What do you get for £15?
The stalls, which are 8ft square, are erected for you and consist of metal frames with canvas covers. You will also have a table top.
Do I need insurance?
Yes. If you are to sell to the public you should have public liability insurance. This costs about £50 a year. The NFU are generally able to help with this.
Who do I need to contact to arrange to come to the market?
Assuming it has been agreed that you are able to come then, at least the day before you come to Rye, you will need to make sure that Richard Gray, who puts up the stalls for the market, knows you are coming. His number is 07973 671335. For Battle the market manager will ring during the week of the market to see if you are attending.
How much can I expect to sell at Rye?
Rye is a small market with a regular loyal group of customers. Sales are not as high as the big monthly markets like Lewes and Tunbridge Wells. Some of our stallholders have been coming for over 10 years so it must be worth it.
What happens if the weather is really bad?
We can get wet and cold and on 2 occasions in the last 10 years we were not able to put the stalls up. If we do have to cancel a market we will try to contact stallholders by e-mail and also post a notice on this website so please check before you come to market.
Who do I pay?
Then stall fee is collected off you during the course of the market.
Who runs the market?
It is run by a voluntary committee of townsfolk and stallholders. You are welcome to come along to one of our meeting if you are interested.
What happens to the stall fees?
We pay for the stalls to be delivered, erected and taken away at the end of the market.
We also pay rent to the Environment Agency who own the Strand Quay where the market takes place.
We also have a few minor administrative expenses including our own insurance.
Any remaining funds are spent on promoting the market with advertising, posters etc.