The Frome Independent was established in 2013 as a not-for-profit organisation with a mission to offer a curated, quality, social market day that showcases the very best of independent produce, retail and makers that the region has to offer, against a backdrop of music, visual art and events.
On the first Sunday of the month between April and December, The Frome Independent takes to the streets of Frome offering a diverse experience that celebrates independent producers and makers, connects community with quality and culture and embeds the social back into shopping.
There’s no place like Frome, and The Frome Independent affirms its historic status as a market town. A superlative selection of designer-makers, vintage experts and food producers colonise the bohemian St Catherine’s district, dip into picturesque Cheap Street, reclaim the high st (Market Place), meander through Scott Road before settling in the old Market Yard.
The Frome Independent is a once-a-month pop up community that invites you to stay, play and reclaim the high street with us.
“The Frome Independent” is the trading name of Frome Super Market Ltd, a not-for-profit organisation set up to establish a market in and aid the regeneration of Frome town centre. It is produced and managed by Foreground, the innovative Frome-based visual art commissioning organisation.
Here's what our traders say...
“As a Frome-based trader, it's a fantastic outlet for my products. If people don't buy on the day, they come back via my website after picking up a card. I sell on line, but meeting customers face to face is really important for my business.”
Elytra England, Designer-Maker
“It is clear that the best of local traders are represented with a fantastic mix of products on offer. .. without Frome market there is no way that we would have the business that we do today.”
Somerset Charcuterie, Food producer
“The sense of community is one I have not seen in any other town with so much effort made in so many ways, shapes and forms for all ages and tastes, it is inspiring to see the benefits to the community also the gifted youth of Frome having an opportunity to show off their talents.
Trading at The Frome Independent Market is an important part of us being able to support ourselves living and working in Frome.”
Peter Foster, Flea trader
From the Press...
"Frome is a town that’s as unique and creative as it is pretty. But it’s also an area with serious foodie credentials, too. And that’s thanks, in no small part, to the famous Frome Independent market."
"It’s not about the price or about passing trends, it’s about finding special objects that mean something to you. Looking around the crowded street, one has the impression of being part of a community."
Pearl Lowe, Huffington Post
They've even heard of us in New York....
"There’s a "suitcase sale" atop Catherine Hill on the first Sunday of each month (think of trinkets sold out of a secondhand pram) and a vinyl-only “mobile disco” in an old laundry truck nicknamed Donna Somerset — both part of the new Frome Independent (March to December), which sees thousands of people flood car-free streets for everything from regional ciders and Cheddars to origami-paper bow ties."
New York Times, Travel Section, October 2014
The bohemian Catherine Hill has become a hub of boutique independent shopping and on market Sundays it’s also home to the Suitcase Sale – a diminutive market in a vintage suitcase (or pram!) where you may find local honey, homemade preserves, vintage treasures and trinkets, and an exciting selection of designer makers and mirco-businesses.
Get yourself a smorgasbord direct from producers and makers in the artisan food area on Stony St and at the Somerset Farmer’s Market sited around Boyle Cross - find everything from artisan bread and an array of local cheeses; freshly picked vegetables to hand raised pies; jams, chutneys & chilli sauces, cakes, tarts and tea; local beer, wine and plenty of West country cider.
Further foodie delights can be discovered in Scott Road and the Westway and have yourself a street food feast - choose from sausages or sushi, paella or pizza and bacon butties or bison burgers – there’s no need to have breakfast or lunch before you come out we’ve got it covered - and you can go home with everything you might need for Sunday dinner.
Designer - Maker
The high street is full to brimming with ‘not usually on the high st’ designer makers; hand made, printed, painted and picked, find everything from stationary to shawls, lampshades to leather goods, t-shirts to tea towels, prints to parasols… if they’ve imagined it, made it or tracked it down then you’ll find it here.
The Market Yard is the place to forage for vintage finds at the always vibrant flea market, a steady band of regular and occasional traders meet all your possible retro and vintage needs with their selection of homewares, fashion, furniture, collectibles, books, vinyl, toys, fabrics and curiosities.