Lavenham Farmers Market – bursting with local and fresh produce.

It will be a bumper market on Sunday 22nd August with nearly forty stalls at the monthly farmers market at the Village Hall. No doubt many people will be back to see their regular favourites including homemade pies from ComplEat as well as their range of local regional cheeses, plus Yum Yum Tree and their delicious fudges.

There’s fresh artisan bread from Tensheds, jams & chutneys from The Jam Shed, local pork from Greenacres and local beef from Skylark. Local honey is provided by the Beehouse and granola by Good to Go plus there’s fresh seasonal vegetables from Just Picked. Plants and cuttings are provided by Vegelicious and flowers from Countryside Flowers.

Sweat Treats come from Casey’s Cakes as well as delicious brownies from newcomers The Essex Brownie Company and indulgent chocolates from Salt & Sugar Art Chocolate.

Vegan Pastries from the Norwegian Bakers, Herbed salts from The Fresh Herb Company plus Dingley Dell provide a range of local charcuterie.

Hillside Farm are bringing their range of rapeseed oil and Yaffle House sell fruit vinegars plus there’s craft ales from Roughacre brewery or local ice cream from Simply Ice Cream.

There’s also a range of crafts including candles from Ruby Grace, homeware from Elsie and Mim and soaps from Ely soaps plus don’t miss out on local favourite PinnieLove and ceramics from Liz Mellen.

Don’t forget to bring the whole family included your four-legged companions who will especially like the dog treats from Hollibels!

See you there – Lavenham Village Hall

10am – 1.30pm

Dogs Welcome!


Lavenham Farmers Market – just gets bigger & better

Make a date in the diary and come along to the Lavenham Farmers Market this Sunday – 25th April.

There will be the usual popular stalls including Tensheds Bakehouse, HoneyBee Honey, Brooks & Conquest Cider, Roughacre Brewery, Yum Yum Tree Fudge, Compleat Homemade Pies, Casey’s Cakes, Just Picked fresh vegetables, Norwegian Bakers, Dingley Dell Charcuterie, English Distillery, Applewood Acres Microgreens, Good to Go granola, Grrenacres Pork, The Jam Shed, Suffolk Spice Company, Totham Bangers and the ever important Coffee Van and we welcome back The White Candle Company and Comfy East crafts. Plus we have a wonderful range of new stalls joining us including PinnieLove, Simon’s Table, Fresh Herb Salt Company, Simply Ice Cream, Mallard Moat Quails, Olive Olive, The Smokehouse Kitchen, Le Digestif, Eva’s handmade soap, Vegelicious Plants and Silver Spoon Jewellery

Awards News

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.”


War on waste

Watching Hugh Fearnley Whittingstall’s recent BBC series, I was astonished by the colossal amount of waste this country produces. I was staggered to learn that the average household in the UK throws away 25% of the food that we buy and I was disgusted to see the enormous piles of vegetables that farmers are forced to throw away because supermarkets have ‘cosmetic standards’ when it comes to how straight the average parsnip is. To see family farms forced to go out of business by these supermarkets, made my blood boil and made me shout even louder about the importance of shopping at farmers’ markets where the local producer can sell directly to the customer and where bendy cucumbers and short, stumpy parsnips are welcome.

So, inspired by HFW, I have been really aware of waste in the house (although I think we probably do OK). I compost all our peelings, teabags, coffee grounds, egg shells and tumble dryer fluff, we make a roast chicken dinner stretch to packed lunch sandwiches on Monday, risotto for dinner and stock for soup, I recycle all our plastic and paper and the garden gets watered from the water butts. However, because I have been mulling over the whole issue of waste, I guess I have become even more careful and so here are five top tips that I have been practising and which I would love to share with you. If you’ve got a minute, then why not send me your five tips back and before long we’ll have a whole book full!

1. I always have scappy old bits of cheese in the fridge that are too small to slice or grate. So collect them all up, the more varietes the better so even the rock solid end of the month old parmasan, is a treasure, and either make cauliflower cheese or just freeze the sauce for when you need it.  

2. Gather up the crushed up, dusty remnants from the bottom of the cereal bag and make krispie cakes . They can be a whole mix of Cheerios, corn flakes, Krispies or shreddies – who cares when they covered in chocolate?

3. Every few weeks I dare to delve into the bottom of the bread bin where I dig out the stales old bits of sliced loaf, pitta and an occassional bread roll and I whizz them into breadcrumbs and stick them in the freezer ready to use in bread sauce or chicken nuggets. 

4. I must admit I have only done this once and it did make me feel a bit Domestic Goddess, which I’m not sure I liked but hey, it stopped me chucking food away! So, those wilted bits of coriander, basil, dill and other herbs that you use but don’t necessarily grow? Resue them from the mouldy little plastic bag they are shuffed inside, in the corner of the fridge, chop them up and make ice cubes from them. Honestly, you will use them over the next twelve months and it will feel good! 

5. Finally, I must credit this one to Nicola Miller of The Miller’s Tale who Tweeted this tip a few months ago and it is right up my street. If you are a Granola eater than you will know that the end of the bag is always a bit ‘un-granolaly’ as the oats and the fruit and the honey all become a bit unstuck. So bag it up and next time you make a crumble, pour the old granola on the top and hey presto, it makes the most delicious crumble topping! Magic!

If you are inspired by any of these tips or if you would generally like to learn more about cutting down on waste, then why not join us, upstairs at Lavenham Farmers Market, on Sunday, February 22nd when Justin Kett, Head Chef at The Swan Hotel, Lavenham, will be showing us all how to make delicious family meals using nothing but leftovers. It will be an amazing opportunity to learn directly from one of the region’s very best chefs and, as with all our workshops, it will be fun, informal and packed full of information!