Awards News

Suffolk Market Events receive `Real Farmers Certification’

The primary aim of our farmers markets is to support local artisan producers by offering them a sustainable platform to sell their products they have grown or made to the local community.

The Farm Retail Association has recognised that our markets fulfil the principles of being a `Real Farmers Market’ and therefore has awarded this certification to all the farmers markets that Suffolk Market Events operate.

The association’s `Real Farmers Market’ certification scheme was devised to give the publican clear understanding of which markets are true Farmers Markets and state.

We welcome all markets that adhere to our principles to be part of our scheme and promote themselves as a `Real Farmers Market’, with clear ethical and moral principles.

Markets News

Suffolk Market Events comes to the Suffolk Coast

We are delighted to announce a partnership with Mannings Amusements in Felixstowe. In conjunction with their new Beach Street initiative, Suffolk Market Events will be bringing three new artisan markets to Felixstowe in 2021.

The markets will be a variety of local produce and craft as well as some street food to complement the existing food offering at Beach Street.

The markets will be carefully laid out to ensure plenty of space and social distancing for all visitors. 

The market will be on the following dates from 10am – 3pm:

  • Saturday May 8th
  • Saturday July 31st
  • Saturday November 20th

Markets News

Suffolk Market Events announces the return of its Vegan Markets to Ipswich in 2021

After the great success and popularity of these markets last year, our Vegan Markets are once again returning to the Ipswich’s Cornhill this year.

Up to 25 local stalls will be showcasing a range of vegan foods and the market has been carefully laid out to ensure plenty of space and social distancing for all visitors. The market has a strong following in Ipswich where there is growing demand for good vegan produce exemplified by the growth of local businesses such as Hank’s Deli and Hullabaloo. There is also recognition that vegan produce is bought by all sectors of the community regardless of their eating habits – good food is good food!

There will be a fantastic range of street food to eat on the day so do not have a big breakfast!

Justine Paul, founder of Suffolk Market Events which organises the vegan market stated:

We are so pleased that we are back on The Cornhill. The last markets proved a real hit with locals as well as visitors from further afield in the county. We have ensured that the market will be safely run and with plenty of social distancing between stalls. I think people feel a little more relaxed when they shop in the fresh air and we have created lots of space in/around the market to make everyone feel secure. As before there will be a brilliant range of top quality, new, creative, tasty and innovative vegan businesses showcasing at the market and we will be on the Cornhill all day.

The Ipswich Vegan Market will on the Cornhill on the following dates from 10am – 3pm:

  • Sunday 18th April
  • Sunday 18th July
  • Sunday 19th September

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year to all our fantastic stallholders and customers. We are taking a break now until January 6th when we will be back with exciting new venues, new markets, new opportunities and a whole New Year!

The first market of 2021 will be at Lavenham on Sunday 24th January, followed by Sudbury Farmers Market on Friday 29th January. We look forward to seeing you soon! 

Markets News

2021 dates at Trinity Park

We are really excited to be holding three more fantastic farmers markets at Trinity Park in 2021.

We will be in the Cattle Sheds on April 17th, October 16th and December 11th 2021 and we are now open for bookings! Just download, complete and return the Booking Form from our Event Market page and once we have looked through your application we will be in touch.

Please remember that all the products sold at our markets must be produced by the person who is selling and we work hard to ensure that all producers are from within a 50-mile radius of Ipswich. This event is open to food/drink and non-food producers. This is essentially an inside event however all stallholders do need to provide a 3m x 3m gazebo.


Ashbocking herd at Greenacres

Two years ago Jo decided to hang up her hat as a Social Worker in Child Protection, a decision that was shortly followed by the arrival of seven pigs in April 2017. By September of that year her seven pigs had become seventeen, in October, twenty three!  She now has a herd of around fifty, some of which are small black pigs with prick ears & snub noses, similar to the Suffolk Small Black (now extinct). 

As the herd grew, Jo decided to work full time at growing the business, with a little help from a PPI pay out and Andrew, her partner.  She learnt how to butcher a pig and took on-line courses in catering and in March 2018 was given a 5 * rating for butchery.

Jo started trading in June 2018 and you can now find her at three Farmers Markets across Suffolk in Bury St Edmunds, Sudbury & Ipswich and, starting this week, you can meet Jo at Hadleigh Market when she has a stall on the FIRST Friday of every month.

Jo is a real traditionalist at heart and she has developed her butchery to reflect this.  When the pig is butchered, half goes fresh to the market & the other half is either cured or made into sausages & faggots.

Her stall is always really busy at all the farmers markets she attends and we are absolutely delighted that she will be joining us at Hadleigh Market, on the first Friday of every month with her traditional cuts of pork. Please make sure you come along and meet Jo and learn about her pigs; it is an inspiring story and the people of Hadleigh are very lucky that Jo is going to be a part of their weekly market.

You can find Jo and her traditional pork at Bury St Edmund’s farmers’ market on the second Sunday of the month, at Sudbury farmers’ market on the last Friday of the month and at the brilliant new farmers’ market in Ipswich on the First Sunday of every month as well as at Hadleigh Market.

Awards News

Suffolk Market Events wins the Clarissa Dickson Wright Award

We are absolutely thrilled to have been awarded the Clarissa Dickson Wright Award at the 2019 Countryside Alliance Awards held at the Houses of Parliament in June.

In awarding the prize Baroness Mallalieu, chair of the Judging panel and close friend of Clarissa Dickson Wright stated:

“This year’s winner is chosen from an outstanding pool of rural businessmen and women…At the very core of this enterprise is a personal story of belief, determination, and good old fashioned hard work. Justine’s passion for local food and supporting local producers has reconnected people with their local communities.” 

Suffolk Market Events was selected for this national award by a special panel of judges and chosen from over 18,000 nominations from across the UK to earn this iconic recognition and we are incredibly proud of what Suffolk Market Events has achieved and continues to achieve in bringing top-quality local producers and local communities together.

Not only working in rural communities in our countryside but also bringing new farmers markets to towns like Ipswich and Colchester where access to good local food is just as important. We love what we do and we work with a fabulous group of producers and partners to make these markets and events successful. This award and recognition of our achievements will just spur us on to do more to ensure we continue to connect local food to local communities and we would like to thank everyone for all their support over the last eleven years.


Poppies Care Farm joins the Ipswich Farmers Market!

An Ipswich community care farm which provides skills and opportunities for people with learning difficulties has signed up to be part of the new monthly farmers market on the Cornhill.

Poppies Care Farm, established in 2014 by Liz Marley and husband Lee Smith are going to be using the market to sell their seasonal products which they hope will bring in extra revenue to invest in their community farm.

“Look out for Poppies Care Farm who are bringing fresh fruit and veg from the farm, eggs, honey plus farm-made preserves and other goodies! – it is incredibly exciting.”

says Liz Marley

Justine Paul, founder of Suffolk Market Events who are running the market stated:

“It is such a perfect story and such a perfect fit for our market in Ipswich – great locally produced food which is literally grown a couple of miles away and with such a fantastic culture of care and compassion at the farm – we are so pleased to be partnering with Poppies Care Farm.”

The Farmers’ Market will launch on the Cornhill on Sunday 7th April 2019 and run every first Sunday in the month from 10am – 2pm


This is why markets will always be important

I received an email from Tessa Allingham recently, who is a Food Writer and author of ‘Suffolk Feast, One County, Twenty Chefs.’ She lives near Bury St Edmund’s and it was a real compliment when she said, “It’s funny when something so new so quickly becomes part of the fabric of a place. To me, that’s what’s happened with the Bury St Edmund’s Farmers’ Market. I can’t imagine my home town without it now; it’s something I look forward to every month, and without fail every time I walk round it, not only do I buy some of the best food to be had locally with which to feed my family, but I talk to the producers, I learn, I become more aware and knowledgeable, more connected with the place I live in.’

I believe this is one of the most important aspects of all our markets; customers build up a rapport with the producers, they become familiar with the food and more confident in trying new ingredients and cooking different dishes. There is a preconception that farmers’ markets are expensive but these ingredients don’t need to be fussy; they don’t need to be expensive, they are just good quality, local and fresh so that the simplest meals can taste amazing because the ingredients used are real.

We love it when new customers come along to the markets and they want to know more about the food they are eating and stallholder’s favourite market days are when people ask questions and want to taste different products.

In today’s world of online shopping, where clicking is buying, I still believe there is a vital place for well organised, top quality markets because, even in today’s Cyber World, we like to have a positive experience connected to our food shopping. We love to smell, to taste, to pick up and to hear the story behind the food we eat. I am not saying we have the luxury of time to do this all the time but sometimes, when time and life allows, we spend a little longer buying what we eat. This is what a market provides and, no matter how fast our lives become, I truly believe we will always be able to find some time to shop at a market.

With autumn knocking on our doors, we have lots of amazing products at all our markets including fresh, local pheasant, rabbit, partridge and venison as well as locally grown pumpkins and squashes and apples and pears. So, if you are near one of our markets soon, why don’t you come along and see which ingredients, and which stallholders, inspire you to cook some new dishes this autumn.


New year means new traders!

It’s a new year and that means new traders and we are really excited to be welcoming a number of fantastic new stallholders to all the markets, both regular traders and guest producers.

At Lavenham in January you can meet Peta Wilson, the maker behind the incredible Bury St Biscuits who will also be joining us in Bury St Edmund’s farmers markets in February, March and April.

Simon’s Cider will be joining us at Lavenham and Bury St Edmunds in January; we love the concept behind this small business which makes traditional East Anglian Real Cider and untreated real Perry using dessert and culinary fruit from local gardens and orchards with fruit that would otherwise go to waste. Come along and meet the man behind the bottles at Lavenham farmers’ market on Sunday January 28th and at Bury St Edmund’s on February 11th. 

Lisa’s delicious Chinese Dumplings are new to all the farmers markets and really are worth the trip! She makes a range of pork, beef and veggie dumplings that are cooked and just need to be pan fried at home.

As you know, we have a small selection of non food stalls at the markets and this month you’ll find local artist, Lyndsay Maynard at both Lavenham and Sudbury. Lyndsay uses watercolours to paint ducks and chickens on coasters and cheeseboards and they really are stunning! Finally we are chuffed that Sarah Chatterton will be coming to Lavenham on Sunday January 26th with her gorgeous selection of homemade hessian baskets, wooden planters and bird and bug houses! 

What a fantastic selection of new faces to bring in the new year of markets at Suffolk Market Events!