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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.

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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

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Introducing Victoria Lea…

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!

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Hadleigh Market gets two more years!

“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.”

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Lavenham Farmers Market is in Top 20

Suffolk Market Events are so excited to be included in the Daily Telegraph’s list of the Top 20 Farmers’ Markets in the UK.

“Lavenham Farmers Market was rescued from the brink of closure in 2008 and, after many years of hard work, we have reached national recognition.

“It is an honour to be sitting next to some of the country’s giants and we’d like to thank all our customers, traders and local media for all the support you have shown over the years – here’s to even more fantastic years ahead.”

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Bury St Edmunds Farmers Market est arrive!

Following its hugely successful pre-Christmas launch, Bury St Edmunds’ new Farmers Market will be back on the Traverse in the centre of town on Sunday, March 12th.

A line-up of the area’s finest producers will be delighting shoppers with their top quality local produce, including Wooster’s Bakery who will be showcasing their brand new ‘Bury Loaf’ especially created for the farmers market, The Beehouse Honey Company will be back with their Bury St Edmunds honey as well as The New England Boar Company, Truly Traceable Pies, Casey’s cakes and new stalls selling traditional English puddings, Suffolk pork and gluten free products from Madame Sunshine.

Everything that is sold will have been produced by the person selling at the market giving the customer the opportunity to meet the producer face to face, with the vast majority based within a 30 mile radius of the town. Nothing will have travelled further than 50 miles so it really is buying local at its best!

The December market resulted in an overwhelmingly positive response from locals, visitors, traders and shop owners and we are delighted that the market will be returning on the second Sunday of every month from 10am – 4pm.

See you on The Traverse on Sunday March 12th we can’t wait!!

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Field to fork

As we know farmers markets are all about locally sourced, top-quality ingredients and the provenance of what we eat and drink is paramount within the context of a good farmers market.

I have been working with Justine at Suffolk market Events since the summer and I have definitely had a crash course in understanding the difference between a farmers market and a really good farmers market! However I was left speechless by Truly Traceable and their venison and game pies, when I met Steve and Lynn Tricker at the launch of the Bury St Edmunds Farmers Market last Sunday. Seeing me eye up a venison and cranberry pie, Steve mentioned casually that he could trace back and identify the animals that were the source of all of the pies and sausage rolls on their stall. I must have shown my surprise so he picked up a folder, leafed through some pages and then pointed to a photo of a muntjac deer taken just after it had been shot. Alongside the picture were the details of the animal, exact location and date of the shoot which corresponded with the particular batch of pies and sausage rolls made for the market. 

As a fully qualified deerstalker and butcher, Steve manages this part of the business whilst Lynn’s specialty is the delicious homemade pastry encasing the pies and rolls. The pie was delicious by the way, and it was a genuine and eye-opening example of how seriously small scale producers believe in the ‘field to fork’ philosophy and are involved in every part of the process.

Here at Suffolk Market Events, we work tirelessly to promote this ethos and we are delighted and proud to be working with such a fantastic group of top-quality local producers.