Because of a new interest in food that is not mass produced but has a definite degree of individuality, more and more people are now buying their food from the ‘specialist’ suppliers now seen at UK Farmers Markets.
People are showing an increasing quest for knowledge as to where their food comes from and how it is produced.
This is giving small, individual producers an opportunity to sell direct to the market, and frequently is a life-line between making a profit and surviving as opposed to failure and sinking into oblivion. UK Farmers Markets have been a life-line for many a small farmer in danger of 'going-under'.
As both competition and interest in specialist foods increases, these small producers would be well advised to take advantage of the Internet and set up individual web sites.
Some are surprisingly slow to move with the times.
Farmers attending UK Farmers markets need to accept that the Internet may well be their life-line to more business and an eventual, profitable survival.
When this UK Farmers Market was visited at the end of Summer, 2009, there was a low turn-out of stalls. Another visit is planned. The market operates on alternate weeks on a Saturday morning.
Another visit has now been made and despite the rain there was a very good turn out of 13 stalls in the Market Place. These ranged from free range eggs, wines, cakes and pies, goat's cheese, home made sausages, preserves, vegetables, also a wide selection of garden herbaceous plants, plus many other stalls. Well worth a visit and supporting.
FRAMLINGHAM UK FARMERS MARKET, SUFFOLK
It was a cold, wet Saturday morning in January when this UK Farmer's Market was visited, but such is the dedication of these stall holders that the turn-out was good. Seasonly organic vegetables, a fishmonger, free range eggs, freshly baked bread, pulses and preserves, locally produced meat - pork, lamb, beef and sausages to name but a few. A return visit will definitely be made in the Spring. This market can be found at Market Hill from around 8.30 a.m. every Saturday.
HARLESTON UK FARMERS' MARKET
This market is held every third Saturday in the month in the yard of, and also inside the Swan Hotel in the Thoroughfare. Outside there is a fish van selling a wide variety of produce and a stall selling fresh vegetables (highly recommended) and apple juice. Inside the hotel there were various stalls selling meats - lamb and beef, pork sausages, bacon etc. and relishes also cakes and pies. There was a large proportion of gift stalls with items on sale but, unfortunately, seemed to have no relation to UK Farmers' Markets, but nevertheless made the display of goods very colourful and the selection wider.
HARLESTON COUNTRY MARKET
Not a UK Farmers' Market as such, but worthy of inclusion here. A small grouping of stall holders selling home produce such as free range eggs, beautiful cakes, pasties, jams and marmalades, vegetables and also a stall with hand crafted items. All home-made by hard working ladies.
Held in the Church Hall in Old Market Place from 9.30 - 12.00 every Wednesday. This is the same day as the Street Market In Harleston, so the two tie nicely in together.
Again, technically not a UK Farmers Market as such, this market is held at Centric Parade adjoining Loughton High Street on the first Sunday of each month. The Trading hours are 9.00 a.m. until 2 p.m. Continental style stalls are used. There is a very busy morning trade.
The market is well established. And served by bus and tube with nearby cheap parking and some on street parking. Directions to Loughton Farmers Market: Off M25 at Junction 26 and head for Loughton Town Centre. (Information from a market trader)
RICKINGHALL UK FARMERS' MARKET, SUFFOLK
This UK Farmers Market is held on the second Saturday of each month in the Village Hall from 9 a.m. until 12.30, and is one of the best organized amongst those that have been visited. This market even has car parking attendants in visible jackets. Definitely a first. It is also well sign-posted.
This UK Farmers' Market is staged in the Village Hall plus outside there is a boot sale with some overflow from the market. In the Hall there are meat stalls, a sausage stall also selling relishes and pickles, coffee and coffee grinding stall selling ethically sourced 100% Aribica coffee, a stall selling bread and another with lovely wholemeal flour . Outside the stalls included one for plants, another selling apple juice and apples plus a fish van/stall and several others.
A second visit is definitely planned. Congratulations to all involved.
SOUTH LOPHAM UK FARMERS MARKET, SOUTH LOPHAM, NORFOLK, (just)
South Lopham is situated just over the border from Suffolk, in Norfolk. It is also another well signposted UK Farmers Market which is a great advantage to people coming from outside the area.
It has the distinction of being the only UK Farmers' Market visited that is composed of 100% farmers selling their own produce.
There is a wide selection of stalls selling cheeses, beer, free range eggs, bread and cakes, pork sausages, burgers, etc. honey, lamb, vegetables, plants, fish (not farmed but brought down fresh from Lowestoft). There are also Samphires pork pies commended by The Times.
This market meets on a monthly basis - the fourth Saturday in the month. There is also a small tea room and the toasted tea cakes are superb. In addition a raffle is held and the prize is something contributed from every stand.
The atmosphere at this market is friendly and welcoming - impossible to find a fault - except I did not win the raffle on this occasion. Obviously another visit is warranted.
WYKEN VINEYARD UK FARMERS' MARKET, STANTON, SUFFOLK
This market is obviously well established. It is signposted along the A.143 and is open every Saturday from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. This publicity pays because despite visiting the day after heavy snowfalls in East Anglia, there was a very good turnout of both stall-holders and prospective customers. From preserves, fish, beef, local lamb, pot plants, wines, cakes, bread and hot soups to cereals etc. Most of the stalls had a good eye on the P.R. side of their business and were out to encourage buyers. Long may they all continue to flourish. In addition to the stall holders there is a small coffee shop. Definitely well worth a visit.
Therefore, once again we are asking our readers for their help in passing on information on any UK Farmer's Market they have visited. These can be markets in this country or wherever you have come across them - the choice is yours.
This will give you your own web-page and the opportunity to tell us about your delicious finds.
Is the UK Farmers Market a local market or one that you have visited when on holiday?
Maybe you are a stall-holder yourself. Is your stall your life-line? Do you need more customers?
Whatever the case, let us know. So please - get writing.
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