Regular stallholders at the Farmers Market include:
Samphire; award winning food from our small holding in Norfolk, rare breed free range pork products, pies, sausages, cakes, biscuits and more (01379 674413, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org )
Cratfield Beef - quality beef from traditional breeds of cattle reared and produced on family farm in North Suffolk - Lotty Barbour 01986 798099 - email@example.com
New range of artisan breads, rolls and pastries from our local baker 'Tudor Bakehouse'.
Richard Nunn; pork/bacon, from a chop to a whole pig (01379 68729601379 687296, firstname.lastname@example.org)
Sally Chapman, Lodge Farm - bulbs and plants
Free Range Chicken and chicken products by Yew Tree Farm Foods, Fressingfield; 01379 58620501379 586205
The Suffolk Goat Cheese Company - Karren and Larry Martin -01986 798138
Fen Farm Poultry - Fresh traditional poultry and game - Alan Wharton - email@example.com
Lis Walker - The Tealady - artisan producer of jams and chutneys - 07493716803
Coldham Wood Mushrooms - 01379 873125
Nobleale - premium and personalized ales - 01842 830132
Robert - Honey - 01953 681189 - firstname.lastname@example.org
SilverFinns of Dereham - Derrick Tooke - all varieties of excellent fish from a small family run business - 07717744441 - 01362 638452 - order by email - email@example.com
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The market began in February 2001, only to have to close for the months of April and May that year as a result of the appalling foot and mouth outbreak that ravaged the country in the first half of 2001.
Mike Shipperlee with the Anniversary Cake!
However, the market quickly recovered upon reopening in May 2001, and within a few months had grown from supporting seven or eight vendors to regularly hosting the fifteen to twenty each month which we attract today.
One of the problems we had in our early years was that the Village Hall just wasn’t big enough to host all the vendors, and so for the first couple of years we would erect a large marquee on the playing field each month, so we could house the seven or eight stalls that we just could not fit within the Hall.
Then, as a result of the success of the market, and the hard work of the Village Hall Committee members in seeking grants, by 2004 enough money had been raised to modernise and extend the Hall allowing us to host all the vendors that needed to be there, inside the Village Hall.
When the Village Hall Committee created the Farmers Market back in 2001 we always intended that it wouldn’t be just a fundraising exercise, although it has succeeded admirably in that regard, but would also be a social event, an opportunity for local people to meet and have a chat. The addition of our tea room extension in 2008 helped us to promote the social side of the market even further and has certainly helped to create the friendly and welcoming atmosphere that so many of our visitors and vendors comment upon.
The success of the market has been marked by winning first, and runners up places in the EDP Good Food Awards in the ‘Farmers Market’ category. These awards, and the regular tributes the Committee receives from many people, help to keep the Village Hall Committee’s enthusiasm for running the market, and also to get us all out of bed on those dark, wintry Saturday mornings when a lie in would be much appreciated!
For those of you who are regular visitors to the market, many thanks for your support over the last ten years. For those still to experience our uniquely friendly welcome, and the huge variety of locally grown and reared produce, we invite you to come along and enjoy “shopping-like it used to be.”
Here’s to the next ten years!