Farm Shops and Farmers Markets in Suffolk
Our Farmers Markets and Farm Shops are some of the finest in the country because of our lengthy agricultural history, which is still an important part of our local economy. You will often meet the farmers and producers at our markets and be able to find out where your food comes from.
Please click here for a list of Regular Farmers Markets that are held on a weekly/monthly basis around Suffolk.
The Aldeburgh Market, near the beach, offers a wide selection of fresh fruit, vegetables, and dairy products, as well as fish delicacies and other local goods. Their own Aldeburgh Market items, including taramasalata and hummus, potted shrimps, and fresh and tasty fish pies and bread, are freshly baked and prepared daily. Local ice cream is available in the freezer. Their seafood restaurant serves delectable meals prepared by experienced cooks, and they are featured in the Good Food Guide and Michelin.
Emmett’s Stores, The Street, Peasenhall IP17 2HJ 01728 660250
The Emmett family has been producing ham and bacon since 1820, making it the UK’s oldest artisan ham and bacon producer. Within the cafe or courtyard garden, you may eat a wide variety of other natural and tasty food products in addition to ham and bacon, which are available to purchase or dine on right there. Visit the lovely village of Peasenhall to indulge in this unmissable cuisine, or make use of their efficient mail order service. To learn more, check out Emmet’s Stores.
Jimmy’s Farm, Pannington Hall Farm, Wherstead, Ipswich
This pig farmer has been the focus of national interest for many years. While most farms don’t have their own TV show, Jimmy’s has become a nationally recognised icon. Jimmy’s goal was to establish a farm that would breed rare-breed pigs, cows, and sheep, as well as educate the public about farming, nature, and food. This has led to the Woodland Trail and Animal Paddock found at Jimmy’s Farm. This site also welcomes children to partake in courses during the school holidays and offers an active education resource and an exciting JIMMY’S ADVENTURE PLAYGROUND where children of all ages can slalom like snakes and climb like monkeys up the rope ladders. Jimmy’s Farm has a diverse shop containing delicious meat from the expansive butchery section as well as a farmers’ market that has earned its spot in the Guardian’s choice of Britain’s Most Vibrant Food markets. Find out more about Jimmy’s Pig Farm here.
Middleton Farm Shop & Cafe, Reckford Farm, Leiston Rd, Middleton, IP17 3NS
Middleton Farm Shop and Cafe is set in the charming village of Middleton, a short drive away from the beautiful coast of Suffolk, and offers a myriad of locally sourced delights.
The cafe serves unique teas, delicious coffee, and homemade treats. Visitors can enjoy soups, sandwiches, and pizzas on a sunny Saturday afternoon from noon until 2 pm. The site is open from Monday to Saturday between the hours of 9 am and 4 pm. Contact 01728 648 936 for more information.
The Olde Farm Shop, Low Green, Nowton, Bury St Edmunds, IP29 5NE
This quaint little farm shop offers a wide range of farm fresh products and organic vegetables. Visitors can also meet a few friendly animals at the shop, like the welcoming farm sheep called Jake, who loves attention and smiles.
The shop is open from Monday to Saturday between 8 am and 4:30 pm, and on Sundays from 10 am until 4 pm. For more information, contact 07976 771403.
The Suffolk Food Hall, Ipswich, IP9 2AB is likely the biggest and most popular farm shop in the area since its inception in 2007.
An exemplar of quality local food, the Food Hall was started by farmers in Suffolk who wanted to ensure their families and friends has easy access to the best quality of fresh local foods. The Hall combines a vast selection of luxury cuisine offered by local specialists, including a traditional butcher, a scratch baker, a delicatessen, and fishmongers. Moreover, the Hall is home to the UK’s Best On Farm restaurant, beautiful views of the River Orwell, The Cookhouse, and an exciting jumping pillow for kids.
Monday to Saturday 9am to 6pm
Sunday & public holidays 10.30am to 4.30pm
Find out more on their website www.suffolkfoodhall.co.uk, email [email protected] or call 01473 786 610.
Alder Carr Farm Shop and PYO, Needham Market, near Ipswich
Visitors are welcome from Monday to Sunday as well as on Bank Holidays.
Famous for delicious homemade ice cream, Alder Carr additionally offers a diverse Farm Shop filled with organic products and the freshest local produce. Visitors can also dine at the farm restaurant on-site.
For more information, contact 01449 720820.
Nourish Farm & Food Shop, Henstead Arts & Crafts Centre, Toad Row, Henstead, NR34 7LG
Set within the Henstead Arts and Crafts Centre beside Dotty Blue Cafe, Nourish is a refreshing Farm and Food Shop that offers delicious local produce from the best suppliers in Suffolk and Norfolk. This location is a mere twelve minutes drive from Beccles, Southwold, and Lowestoft, just off the A12.
Nourish welcomes visitors from Wednesdays to Sundays between the hours of 10 am and 4 pm.
Contact: 01502 740600
Lavenham Farmers Market has just been named the best market in Suffolk at the Suffolk Food & Drink Awards of 2012.
On the fourth Sunday of every month, you can find over 30 of Suffolk’s finest artisan producers at Lavenham Village Hall’s market. It is a great opportunity to buy local, fresh food since everything at the market is grown, baked, brewed, and butchered by the vendor, so you can find out everything you want to know before purchasing. Farmers’ Cafe serves homemade soup, freshly baked quiche and muffins, Farmers’ Breakfasts, and excellent coffee using local products.
Country Farm Meats, Brand Road, Great Barton, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk.
This market is the ideal representation of a traditional Suffolk family butchery, where the meat originates on their own farm. They provide visitors with finger-licking homemade burgers and sausage, and home-cured bacon and gammon. Furthermore, they offer beef, lamb, poultry, venison, game, and turkey. The barbeque section is very popular, as are the specialty cuts of meat.
The market is open from 9 am to 3:30 pm on Wednesdays, from 9 am to 5:30 pm on Thursdays through to Friday, and from 9 am to 3:30 pm on Saturdays.
Tel: 01359 235237
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Assington Farm Shop
The Street, Assington, Sudbury, CO10 5LW
Visitors are welcome from Monday to Saturday between the hours of 9 am and 5 pm, and on Sundays and Bank Holidays from 10 am to 4 pm.
This farm shop offers a wide variety of regionally produced and locally sourced products, which include preserves, pies, bread, cyder, cakes, fruit juices, meat, eggs, and seasonal fruits. Visitors can enjoy a cup of tea at the on-site tearoom and shop for gifts and pretty home decorations.
Tel 01787 211610
The Farmers’ Market is hosted every second Sunday of every month and boasts handmade crafts and local treats.
Entry is free and there are lots of parking spaces at the Farm Shop, which supports a local animal charity called SESAW.
SUDBURY FARMERS’ MARKET
St Peter’s Church, Market Hill, Sudbury
Sudbury Farmers’ Market has grown to become one of Suffolk’s most popular town markets, and it is proving to be an enormous success in the downtown area. On the last Friday of each month between the hours of 9:30 a.m. and 2 p.m., the church auditorium of St. Peter’s on Market Hill is filled with some of the region’s finest, freshest, and most delicious food.
Everything that has been brewed, butchered, baked, or harvested will have travelled a maximum distance of 50 miles to get to the market, and many of the vendors will have come from Boxford, Hadleigh, and Long Melford.
The Stackyard Nursery Farm Shop – Old Station Road, Mendlesham, Stowmarket, Suffolk, IP14 5RS
They offer a superb array of their own pork, local beef, lamb, and in-season game seven days a week from 10 to 4. They serve local cheeses from East Anglia, various salami and smoked salmon, as well as fresh, in-season fruit and vegetables either from their own or organic local suppliers. Other local goods include Aspalls vinegar, Belvoir cordials, Baltiaman spices, and much more.
For further information, contact 01449 768078
Newbourne Farm Shop – 26 Mill Road, Newbourne, Woodbridge, Suffolk, IP12 4NP
This family-run farm shop in Newbourne is open every day except Monday from 9 am to 5 pm, and sells home-grown fruit and vegetables as well as locally sourced Suffolk cuisine.
The shop offers the finest and freshest produce, from meats, groceries, vegetables and bread to flour, eggs, juices, bacon, and sausages. Numerous events throughout the year keep visitors coming back, including free soup tastings and the opportunity to meet the suppliers of all the products that interest you. The Woodbridge Farmers Market also houses a stall twice a month. Visitors will find parking easily from the A12 close to Woodbridge.
Wyken Vineyards Farmer’s Market – Wyken Road, Stanton, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk IP31 2DW
Visitors are welcome every Saturday between 9 am and 1 pm and are guaranteed to find parking easily.
This market has been running longer than any other in Suffolk. Even during the time of the recession, the market was bustling with locals who knew they could still do their weekly grocery shopping and enjoy a cup of coffee at the Leaping Hare. The market is always changing due to the combination of permanent stalls, guest stalls, and fortnightly or monthly regular stallholders. Domini Dairy, East Coast Fish, Suffolk Spanish Traders, and Stour Valley Smokehouse are just some of the permanent stalls you’ll find here. Casa de L’Oli and Hedgerow Cordials have been known to rent stalls from time to time.
Maple Farm in Kelsale is a small farm in Suffolk owned and run by a family. A few years ago, we began converting our fields to organic farming, and this has led us to understand the benefits of natural processes compared to artificial fertilisers and pesticides. In addition, we have noticed an improvement in soil health and an increase in bird populations.
Our goal is to expand our organic market garden, manufacture our own cereals into stone-ground flour, and sell organic vegetables, honey, and eggs, all produced on our farm. We distribute within a fifteen-mile radius of the farm via our box program, and we always attend particular farmers’ markets to reach a broader market. For more information, see Maple Farm Kelsale.
Hall Farm Shop & Cafe Restaurant (above)
Proud winners of the Best Farm Shop in Suffolk of 2008, our Farm Shop offers visitors everything they need to get for their weekly grocery shopping. Here, you’ll find home-grown potatoes, lamb, beef, and delicious delicatessen from Monday through to Saturday between the hours of 9:30 am and 5:30 pm and on Sundays between 10 am and 4 pm. At the gateway to Constable County at Stratford St Mary, this Farm Shop welcomes visitors to browse their variety of stalls and dine at the lovely restaurant.
Hall Farm Shop & Cafe Restaurant, Hall Farm, Stratford St Mary, Colchester, CO7 6LS, tel 01206 322572
See Hall Farm Shop website for more details
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Friday Street Farm Shop and Tearooms
Visitors are welcome right throughout the year.
An extensive variety of baked goods, jams, cheeses, ice cream, meats, poultry, fish, and fresh flowers are all available at this Farm Shop. During the summer, the ‘Maize Maze’ provides fun for the entire family, or you can pick your own strawberries. For a light meal after your shopping expedition, stop by the Tearooms for a light lunch and tea.
The site is entirely wheelchair accessible
Contact 01728 602783
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Hillcrest Nurseries, Barningham Road, Stanton, Bury St Edmunds, IP31 2DU
This lovely Farm Shop welcomes visitors the whole week. From Monday to Friday, it is open between 8 am and 5:30 pm. On Saturdays, it is open from 8:30 am to 5:30 pm. On Sundays, it is open from 8:30 am to 5 pm. Visitors will find the Bakery and Deli open between Tuesdays and Saturdays.
Rookery Farm Shop
This Farm Shop welcomes visitors right throughout the year between Tuesdays and Saturdays from 10 am to 5 pm, and on Sundays from 10 am to 4 pm.
Set in a fascinating barn from the 18th century, Rookery Farm Shop specialises in fresh local produce, including preserves, honey, vegetables, baked goods, and juices.
Contact 01473 327220
Goslings Farm Shop and PYO
Trimley St Martin, Felixstowe
Visitors are welcome right throughout the year.
This site boasts a plant centre, a farm shop, a coffee shop with delicious coffee in the morning, and calming teas in the afternoon in the summer, along with a lovely lake ideal for fishing.
Contact 01394 273361
Assington The Barn at Assington 2nd Sunday 10am – 2pm
Beccles Beccles Heliport 1st & 3rd Sat 9am-1pm
Bury St Edmunds Whelnetham Community Centre 2nd Sun 9am-1pm
Bury St Edmunds The Traverse 2nd Sun 10am-4pm
Elmswell Blackbourne Centre Last Sunday 10am – 1pm (See: Elmswell Farmers Market for more details.)
Halesworth The Old Print Works 2nd Saturday 9am – 1pm
Harkstead Village hall 3rd Sat 9am – 12 noon
Hartest Peartree Farm 1st Sat 10-12.30
Long Melford Village Hall 3rd Sat 10am-1pm
Lavenham Village Hall 4th Sun 10am-1.30pm
Metfield Village hall 1st Sat 9am – 12 noon
Mildenhall Jubilee Centre Last Sat 10am – 2pm
Nayland Village Hall 2nd Sat 10am – 1.30pm
Needham Mkt Alder Carr Farm 3rd Sat 9am-1pm
Rickinghall Village Hall 2nd Sat 9am-12.30pm
Risby Indoor Farmers Market 1st Sat 10am – 1pm
Saxmundham Farmers Market Market Square Every Wednesday 9.00am-12.30pm
Snape Maltings 1st Sat 9.30am-1pm
Stanton Wyken Farm Every Sat 9am-1pm
Steeple Bumpstead Village Hall 4th Sat 9.30am-12.00pm
Stonham Barns Market Square 2nd Sat 10.00am-2pm (See: Stonham Barns Leisure Barns for more details.)
Stowmarket Market Place 1st Fri 9am-1.30pm
Sudbury St Peter’s Church Last Friday monthly 9.30am-2pm
Thurston New green centre, IP31 3TG 1st Sunday Monthly 10am – 1pm (See: Thurston Farmers Market for more details.)
Rougham Airfield Fortnightly every other Sunday 10.00am-3pm (Mar – Oct)
Wickhambrook Memorial Social Centre 2nd Sun 10am – 1pm (See: Wickhambrook Farmers Market for more details.)
Woodbridge Community Centre 2nd & 4th Sat 9am-1pm
Wyken Farmers Market Every Sat 91m-1pm
There is a new Farm & Craft Market held on the Second Sunday of each month at Whelnetham Community Centre – just 2 miles from Bury St Edmunds. Open from 9am to 1pm. Please click on the link for more information.
For organic food suppliers in Suffolk please see Food and Drink in Suffolk
Please also see Shoppers’ Guide to Suffolk
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