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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! 

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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.

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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.

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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!!