Suffolk’s low lying cultivable land has nurtured a thriving farming culture, and fresh local produce is available at dozens of popular farming markets and shops around the county. Below we have listed a few popular choices and some hidden gems that will make a great day trip if you are staying in one of our Suffolk holiday lodges.
Wyken Vineyards Farmers’ Market
Wyken Road, Stanton, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk
Every Saturday from 9am to 1pm
Held on a picturesque Georgian farm in the market town of Bury St Edmunds, Wyken Vineyards Market is the longest running weekly farmers’ market in Suffolk. Popular regular stallholders include Domini Dairy, whose Jersey cows give their milk and cream its distinctive sweet flavour, and Stour Valley Smokehouse, whose products include smoked cheeses and salmon mousse. After tasting the sweet Langham honey or the freshly baked sourdough bread visitors can take a Saturday morning stroll amongst the blossoming private gardens and the sprawling Wyken Vineyard.
Lavenham Farmers’ Market
Lavenham Village Hall, Lavenham, Suffolk
The last Sunday of every month from 10am until 1.30pm
Lavenham was voted the best farmers’ market in Suffolk in 2012, and every month over 1000 shoppers flock to the hall, where they choose from an impressive array of the highest quality artisan produce. Everything sold here is sourced from within a 30-mile radius of the charming village hall in which the market is held. The Farmers' Cafe on site also serves a delicious homemade soup for a spot of lunch in between browsing.
Sudbury Farmers’ Market
St Peter’s Church, Market Hill, Sudbury
The last Friday of every month from 9.30am until 2pm
Held in a Grade I listed church, Sudbury Farmers’ Market has become a popular Friday haunt for visitors and locals alike. The market sells fresh fish from nearby town Burwell, and pork from the picturesque village of Assington, which is only a short 10 minute drive away. Canopies over the site keep shoppers sheltered from the rain, so whatever the weather you can enjoy the local honey and scones on offer.
The Suffolk Food Hall
Monday to Saturday, 9am to 6pm
In 2007 a group of Suffolk farmers decided to set up a facility where people could access fresh and high quality locally produced food. The result was The Suffolk Food Hall, which has gone from strength to strength. The Hall’s on site restaurant ‘The Cookhouse’ won the ‘Best On Farm Restaurant’ in 2014, and now the hall boasts a wine merchant and a pilates studio. Beautiful views of the River Orwell and a children's play area make this a good all-rounder for a day trip.
Alder Carr Farm Shop
Needham Market, near Ipswich
Monday to Sunday, 9am to 5pm
Family run farm shop Alder Carr is worth a visit just for a taste of the farm’s homemade fruity ice creams. The farm offers a ‘pick-your-own’ fruit and veg option, so you would be hard pushed to find fresher produce anywhere else in the region.
The Street, Peasenhall
For two centuries Emmett’s store has provided Suffolk with the tastiest hams and bacon for miles around. Whether smoked, pickled or cured, all their pork is locally sourced, and come Christmas-time their smoked hams are the meat of choice for many around the world.
Long Melford, Suffolk
Timelessly charming, Kentwood Hall is a redbrick Tudor mansion and a traditionally operated working farm, complete with farm shop. The picturesque gardens hold Kentwell’s famous Tudor recreations, and every October the grounds hold the popular Halloween event ‘Scaresville’. Other highlights include the ‘Rare Breed Farm’ where you can see the endangered Norfolk Horn sheep and the popular Poitou ‘dreadlocked’ Donkeys.
Middleton Farm Shop & Cafe
Reckford Farm, Middleton
Monday to Saturday 9am - 4pm
Middleton Farm Shop and the accompanying cafe is ideally situated for a light and locally sourced lunch on your way to the Suffolk Heritage Coast. The shop also boasts the best homegrown asparagus around.