Our Story

The Kempley Produce Market experience 
“…for food less travelled” is everything that supermarket shopping is not. It’s a joy. You can be confident of the ‘where and how’ the food has been produced.

A place for people to meet and chat
Catching up with friends and neighbours, visitors and local producers – while finding out what’s going on around and about – is the central purpose of the market. You can get a cup of fairtrade tea or coffee and homemade cake at a ridiculously low price. Our bacon butties are legendary with bread baked just for us by the Forest Bakehouse at Longhope, home cured bacon and really tasty sausages all locally sourced. Living rurally, our book swap thrives. We have an excellent turnover of a wide range of books, which are regularly recycled.

Opportunity to buy and sell local produce
Our producers offer really fantastic seasonal fresh produce. It may well have been picked, baked or packaged that very morning. To keep the market fresh we regularly feature additional producers to supplement our regulars. These range from local perry and cider to more exotic oils, quince cheese, charcuterie, curry sauces, vegetarian curries, to the more unusual Daffodil confetti in time for those summer weddings. Our producers make a voluntary contribution each month, which together with the money made from KPM’s own products, goes to improve the market experience.

Who makes it happen
The Marketeers meet monthly to plan, organise and run the market. We are always keen to hear what our producers and customers have to say – you can catch us at the market, or add a comment on the website.
Village volunteers help at each market, both in the kitchen and selling produce. They also help to set-up the previous day and pack up at the end of the market to restore the hall to its former glory. Producers and customers are kept up to date through the website kempleymarket.com, MailChimp, Facebook, Twitter & Instagram.

Working to benefit the local community
Making money is not the primary aim of the market. Indeed, to reflect our community focus, we have become a Community Interest Company limited by guarantee No: 10770868. CIC’s are designed for organisations wishing to further social objectives as a social enterprise and to use their profits for the public good; their assets may only be used for the benefit of the community. As the social purpose is protected, CIC’s are increasingly successful in attracting the kind of grant-funding traditionally restricted to charities. One of the many benefits is that other organisations, including local authorities and other public bodies, may be more willing to contract with a CIC.

Celebration BookmarksWe racked our brains to find a way of celebrating becoming a Community Interest Company. As books are a much loved aspect of the Market, we hit on developing a range of beautiful bookmarks with images reflecting the produce available with relevant information on the back of each one. We think they make a great new way of publicising our market, and also offer a keepsake, memento, memory jogger for you. We’d  love you to take one, and perhaps even build up a collection over time. We will be adding to them as time goes on – your suggestions would, as always, be welcomed. Designed by Dymock graphic designer, Louise Gregory, these make a start on our ‘mature’ identity. They’d also make lovely gift sets and will become collectable treasures, you never know…

In 2019, we contributed to the installation of Solar Panels as part of a planned village hall upgrade. This fulfilled our founding aim of bringing renewable energy to the Village Hall for the benefit of the community.

Working to benefit the wider community
Buy a loaf of bread from The Forest Bakehouse and help Each Christmas all profits are donated to third world agricultural and energy projects. We have chosen the charity ‘Lendwithcare’, which reflects our principles of building resilience in local communities.  Lendwithcare is an organisation that brings together entrepreneurs in developing countries with those with the power to help them. Run by one of the world’s leading aid and development organisations, it is a revolutionary way to help people in the developing world transform their lives.Whether it’s opening a market stall, or perhaps a small tailoring business, or diversifying the crops they grow, people across the developing world are bursting with business ideas; all they need is a helping hand to get started. Kempley Produce Market will be supporting those in need of funds to develop food markets in their own locality.

From small beginnings
With support from the Kempley Parish Council, our first market was held in July 2009. In 2010 a grant from the Gloucestershire Community Foundation enabled us to deliver the KPM Shopping Bag to every household in Kempley, promoting both the market and energy awareness. Our dried fruit venture was started in 2011 with the purchase of a commercial drier. 2012 saw a collaboration with the pupils of Newent Community School to produce the KPM banner, which stands outside the gate on market days.