MEET THE PRODUCERS AT A SUFFOLK FARMERS’ MARKET
Suffolk is often affectionately known as the bread basket of Britain and it has rightly earned this title. With a generally dry and sunny climate, the conditions are perfect for growing, giving producers a diverse range of fresh local produce, from bread to beer, corgettes to cider, jams to gin. As you follow the countryside through the seasons you will see an ever changing pallette of colours.
Springing up throughout Suffolk are Farmers’ markets and these take place regularly across the county. They are a great way to meet the producers, sample and stock up on delicious food in the knowledge that it is fresh and has only travelled a few miles.
WYKEN HALL FARMERS MARKET
The market at Wyken Vineyards nr Bury St Edmunds is a weekly affair and after you have visited once you’ll be addicted.
Set in the grounds of Wyken Hall and award winning vineyard, the permanent undercover stalls, make it easy to browse a magnificent range of local produce, pies, cheeses, plants and so much more.
Regulars to the market are Wooster’s Bakery with their range of artisan handmade breads, cakes and pastries.
Also at Wyken Hall is the Leaping Hare restaurant, cafe and pizza wagon all alongside the country store housed in the American style barn which has a wonderful selection of pottery, woollens, clothes and books.
The farmers’ market takes place every Saturday from 9am til 1pm
The very popular Sudbury Farmers’ Market in the heart of Suffolk attracts hundreds of shoppers into the town centre on the last Friday of every month, 9.30am-2pm.
A good suggestion would be to make a whole day of your visit to Sudbury and explore the town and surrounding villages. If you enjoy walking there are some beautiful walks through the water meadows and in nearby Long Melford are the historic houses of Kentwell Hall and the National Trust’s Melford Hall.
Delicious muffins at Sudbury Farmers’ Market (c) Suffolk Market Events
BURY ST EDMUNDS
The farmers’ market in the historic town of Bury St Edmunds is held on the second Sunday of every month (apart from January when the market is closed) between 10am-3pm.
Head into The Traverse in the centre of Bury St Edmunds where you will find some of the region’s very best local producers, delighting shoppers with freshly baked local bread, regional honey, homemade pies and savouries, delicious cakes and fudge, Suffolk pork and beef, fresh fruit and vegetables, vegan snacks, fresh and smoked fish and seafood, sauces and chutneys, craft ales, locally distilled gins and vodkas, local eggs and lots more.
The market also has a few street food and craft stalls to browse around (c) Suffolk Market Events
On the first Sunday of every month from 10am to 2pm, the stalls for the Ipswich Farmers’ Market are set up in the centre of this historic waterfront town. On a visit to the market you will be able to stock up on an amazing range of meat, fish, vegetables, plants and much more. Take a stroll through the town down to the waterfront or maybe pick up some food from the market and have a picnic in Christchurch park close to the centre of town.
When visiting the farmers’ market make time for a visit to the waterfront
Felixstowe will be hosting a new market and the Artisan and Producers Market will be located outside (but still under a large roof) next to the brand new Beach Street at Manning’s, right on the seafront in Felixstowe.
The markets will be showcasing a whole range of local food, drink and crafts as well as some street food to complement the existing food offering at Beach Street.
Friends enjoying street food at Beach Street in Felixstowe
Suffolk Market Events organise many of the farmers’ markets taking place in Suffolk, along with craft, food festivals and foraging events. To see some of the events coming up visit www.suffolkmarketevents.co.uk