We are back in Bury St Edmund’s this Sunday with our gorgeous Farmers Market and Sunshine & Green will have an amazing late summer harvest of the very best, just cut, local veggies. The market is located on The Traverse, IP33 1BJ, from 10am to 3pm and this month we have 33 of the best, small scale, local producers and makers joining us so please come along and enjoy a September Sunday shopping in the fresh air (yep, that’s tricky to say!!)
This Sunday we are back in Bury St Edmund’s with our gorgeous monthly farmers market. We have a few Guest Producers joining us and we are delighted to welcome back our fantastic new veggie grower, Sunshine and Green, owned by Greg who sows, grows, weeds, cuts, harvests and packs everything on his 4 acre patch in Cavendish. Come along and meet him on The Traverse this Sunday where his stall will be filled with his harvest, cut on Saturday night and Sunday morning. Produce will include Runner Beans, Tomatoes, Little Gem Lettuce, Courgettes, Carrots, Purple Cauliflowers, Broccoli, Peppers, Chilli’s, Chard and New Potatoes. The market starts at 10am til 3pm on The Traverse, IP33 1BJ. Dogs are very welcome.
The access to local and fresh food has come under severe focus during the pandemic and limited supplies due to Brexit. We’re delighted that a national newspaper has highlighted our farmers market in Bury as one of the leading markets in the country, noting the high quality and range of produce as well as the close provenance of much of the traders.
Take a look at the article by clicking here – although be advised there may be a paywall.
Things are getting funky in Bury this Sunday – check out these amazing chocolates handmade by Tempered Peach who will be joining the farmers market from May.
Look out for other favourites returning including re-cycled wooden crafts from ComfyBe, candles from the White Candle Company and the unique Goat in a Soap as well as a brand new cheese stall from ComplEat.
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.
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!!
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.