We are so excited to launch our new range of farmers market hampers now available to buy on this website. So if you want to order something special and local for yourself or as a gift, please click on our `Shop’ section and choose between a selection of hampers starting with our amazing Easter Hampers which will be delivered to your door ready to enjoy over the Easter Weekend. All the products in the hampers are made by one of our traders so you can be assured of a truly local authentic range of flavours! Enjoy!
Our Suffolk Farmers Market scheduled for April has been moved to a new date of Saturday June 12th. This hugely popular market has been moved to ensure traders and customers alike will feel more confident as we move towards a post Covid world! Of course we will ensure plenty of safety guidelines are still in place to re-assure all our visitors.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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
Suffolk Market Events are proud to introduce a new trader at their farmers’ markets, Victoria Lea, founder of The Lamb Charcuterie Company.
Victoria started her business in February 2017 having developed a love of Herdwick sheep during school trips to the Lake District. Having completed a degree in Equine Science at Writtle College, she bought a small herd of this hardy hill sheep breed dating back to the 12th century – they’re a dual purpose breed whose meat is highly sought after and high in omega 3 oils.
On the continent Charcuterie is made with lots of different meats, however Victoria’s company is unique in England as it only uses Herdwick meat. Currently the charcuterie is made by another company to Victoria’s recipes, although her aim is to make it at home herself. She still works full time for the NHS whilst also tending the sheep and her fledgling business with occasional help from family.
Victoria says “the sheep are quite good and I do try to train them to a feed bucket, however as the flock is expanding and Herdwicks do tend to be a feisty breed, I am looking into getting a sheep dog to help!”
Her company is doing really well in such a short period of time and Victoria plans to grow the business by attending more market and food-related events, doing more wholesale to local farm shops, delis and restaurants and developing her website – www.thelambcharcuteriecompany.co.uk
You can find Victoria at our regular Sudbury Farmers’ Markets on the last Friday of the month in St Peter’s Church from 9.30am – 2pm and we hope she will attend more events in the New Year.
We wish her, and her feisty Herdwicks, the best of luck!
“I am absolutely delighted that Babergh have extended the contract with Suffolk Market Events enabling us to continue our work in the town. Over the last twelve months significant improvements have been achieved at the town’s weekly market and I am really looking forward to working hard to continue to improve it further. The market now has a consistent number of top quality stalls serving the people of Hadleigh with a brilliant range of products but there is more than can be done and over the next two years, with the continued support of Babergh, we will strive to achieve even better things for the market.”