Farmers’ Markets in Norfolk
The first farmers’ markets began in 1997 in Bath and today there are over 550 across the UK. They’re a great place to buy locally produced goods and a good opportunity to talk directly to the people that made them. Plus there’s the added benefit of supporting local farms and businesses.
What is a farmers’ market?
Food sold at farmers’ markets must be farmed or produced from the local area and should be sold directly by the person who made the goods. There cannot be any goods that have been ‘bought in’. Preserves and baked goods such as breads, cakes, pies and pastries should be home-made with locally sourced ingredients.
The term farmers’ market cannot be legally protected. As a result, the National Association of Farmers’ Markets set up a certification scheme to distinguish between genuine markets and those cashing in on the term farmers’ markets and so-called locally produced food.
To gain certification the goods sold at a farmers’ market must have originated from the stallholder’s farm or premises. The stallholder must have travelled up to 30 miles (sometimes further afield if the geography of the land dictates so) and the stalls must be staffed by people that are directly linked to the production of the goods on sale.
Farmers’ markets have grown in popularity and the number of certified farmers’ markets is also growing. Aylsham farmers’ market is a certified farmers’ market.
WI Country Markets (Women’s Institute) are growing in popularity here in Norfolk. They are part of Country Markets Ltd which is a membership-based co-operative enterprise based in Chesterfield, Derbyshire. Its history can be traced back to the Women’s Institute (WI).
Today there’s approximately three hundred ‘Country Markets’ in the UK. They all sell home-made, home-grown and hand crafted items directly to the public. Each member takes their turn to run the market and a small percentage of the profits are taken from sales to cover the running costs. Each month the remaining monies are paid to the producers. All goods for the sale at Country Markets are produced at home by the individual members and there are no “bought in” goods for sale.
Here’s our current list of farmers’ markets in Norfolk. We check/update this information annually but we recommend double checking all details as farmers’ markets sometimes come and go during the year.
Norfolk Farmers’ Markets
East Norfolk (including the Broads)
- Acle – the farmers’ market at Acle has lots of interesting stalls from local food producers and is held in the church hall. Goods on sale vary depending upon the time of year but often includes freshly baked bread, cheese, locally brewed beer, beef, pork, fish, fruit, vegetables and pies. Plus, there’s craft stalls that sell hand-made jewellery, cards, soap, candles and knitwear. The market takes place on the 2nd Saturday of each month from 9am to 12:30pm and all profits from the sale goes directly to the church funds. St Edmunds Parish Church (opposite Budgens), Acle, NR13 3BU
- Hoveton – buy seasonal fruit, vegetables (including asparagus), freshly baked bread, home-made cakes and pastries. You can also browse stalls selling organic food, chutneys, jellies, relishes, pickles, free-range hens eggs, cheese, and fresh fruit juices. There’s usually a stall that sells wild venison (Aug’ to Apr’) from Bluebell Woods, plus there’s plenty of free parking. This market is held on the 4th Saturday of the month 9:30am to 12:30pm at The Village Hall, Hoveton, Norfolk, NR12 8SA
- Loddon – offers fresh, high quality and affordable food straight from local farmers. All food is produced in East Anglia. The market is held every 2nd & 4th Saturday from 9:30am to 1pm at Jubilee Hall, George Lane, Loddon, NR14 6NB. Every 2nd Saturday there’s a craft section with stalls from local crafts people.
- Neatishead – buy fresh produce that is locally farmed and sourced here in Norfolk. There are at least 8 stalls that attend on the 2nd Saturday of the month from 9am to 12pm. Buy meat, fresh and in season fruit and vegetables, home-made cakes, eggs, game, alpaca wool products plus plants from a winner at Sandringham and the Royal Norfolk Show. The market is held at The New Victory Hall, The Street, Neatishead, Norwich, Norfolk, NR12 8AD.
- North Walsham – the farmers’ market is held in the town market place on the last Sunday of each month from 10am to 2pm. Buy local produced pies, meat, chutneys plus fresh fruit and vegetables.
- Stalham – twice a month the farmers’ market is held in the town hall. Come along and buy fresh, local seasonal products. These include, jams, chutneys, marmalades, free-range eggs, meat pies, cakes, bread, pastries, pork, real ales and a selection of handmade jewellery. The market is held on the 1st and 3rd Saturdays of each month from 9am to 12pm in the Town Hall, Stalham, NR12 9AH.
Poppyland & nearby
- Aldborough – First Sunday of every month, 9:30am to 12pm at Aldborough Community Centre. Aldborough Farmers Market and Sunday morning cafe – set in the lovely village of Aldborough, the farmers market and cafe is a great place to meet up with friends and family and locals. It offers local produce from fresh pork to Cromer Kitchen jams and chutneys, plus many more. After a look around you can enjoy a tea or coffee with a bacon roll (with the Sunday papers to read through) before the rest of your day. There are activities for children to enjoy – colouring in, reading and toys. The farmers market is held in aid of Stepping Stones Pre-school.
- Aylsham – a variety of food stalls to browse at the farmers’ market which is held in the town market place on the first Saturday of each month (apart from January) from 9am to 1pm. Local suppliers of Aberdeen Angus beef, lamb, rare-breed pork and poultry. Stalls selling freshly baked pies, carved breads, cakes plus seasonal fruit and vegetables. There’s the chance to buy locally pressed apple juice and other apple products, local honey and honey derived products – such as candles and hand cream. Fresh and smoked fish plus crafted beer, locally grown chillies and chilli goods.
Blakeney & nearby
- Weybourne – An ‘Artisan’ Farmers’ Market where you can browse stalls with arts, crafts, drinks and food, from local food producers and suppliers. Held at The Village Square at Kelling Heath Holiday Park from 10am to 4pm. There’s lots of parking, toilets and playgrounds for the children to play. The market is held on various dates throughout the year but during the school summer holidays they’re every Sunday. Contact Kelling Heath Holiday Park, Weybourne, Holt, Norfolk, NR25 7HW on 01263 588181 for further information.
- Creake Abbey – just 3 miles from Burnham Market, with over 50+ stalls offering homemade produce, locally reared grass-fed Aberdeen Angus beef, rare breed pork, fresh, in season fruit, vegetables and flowers. Housed in two Norfolk barns, with cooking demonstrations some weeks of the year and a large range of locally produced goods, you can be certain this farmers’ market has lots of character! The market is held on the first Saturday of each month (excluding January) from 9:30am to 1pm at Creake Abbey, North Creake, Fakenham, Norfolk, NR21 9LF
- Docking – buy ‘real’ food at the farmers’ market in Docking which is 17 miles north east of King’s Lynn. They support local food producers from all over the county, and all proceeds from each weekly sale goes directly to help maintain the village hall. The market is held every Wednesday from 9am to 1pm at Dr W. E Ripper Hall, High Street, Docking, Norfolk, PE31 8NG. Buy lots of fresh products that have been produced with passion here in Norfolk including fresh fish, cakes, fruit and vegetables.
- Sandringham – pick up your local supplies from the royal residence at Sandringham Hall. The farmers market has been running for 8 years and has more than 20 stalls, each one offers a different trade or product. These include, chutneys, pickles, jams, eggs, seafood, home-made cakes, meat, cheese, ‘in-season’ fruit and vegetables, plants, fresh flowers and hand-made textiles and jewellery. With free entry and parking this is a popular farmers’ market which is held on the 4th Sunday of every month (apart from January) from 10am to 3pm at the Sandringham Visitor Centre, PE35 6EN.
- Fakenham – The Fakenham Farmers’ Market is one of the larger markets in Norfolk. It’s held in the Market Square in Fakenham, from 8:30am to 12pm on the 4th Saturday of every month. Here you’ll find a wide range of stalls offering organic, fresh and locally grown produce. There’s an average of 30 stalls every week including stalls that sell hand-made cheese, free range eggs, oven ready free range poultry, fish, soups, beef, chutneys, olives, cakes, fresh, seasonal fruit and vegetables plus plant and flowers stalls.
- Reepham – this country market is held every Wednesday from 8am to 11am at the The Bircham Centre, Reepham, NR10 4JJ. Here you’ll find stalls that sell home-grown and hand-crafted goods, including pies, pastries, jams, marmalades, crafts, cakes, biscuits, fruit and vegetables.
- The Norwich Farmers’ Market at Costessey – a selection of food stalls offering high quality, fresh and affordable foods which are all farmed and produced in East Anglia. Every 2nd & 4th Sunday from 9:30am to 1pm at The Costessey Centre, Longwater Lane, Costessey, Norwich, NR8 5AH.
- Diss – is held in the town market place on the 2nd Saturday of each month from 9am to 1pm. Lots of fresh, locally produced goods on sale direct from the producers. They include fresh roasted coffee, pork pies, homemade cakes, fruit and vegetables.
- North Lopham – has had a farmers’ market since February 2001 and they have also won the farmers’ market section of the EDP Food Awards. There’s a large variety of stalls to browse and you can buy lots of locally produced goods. These include locally pressed apple juice, freshly baked sweet and savoury pastries, a selection of cheese, honey, pork, free range chicken, mushrooms, home-made cakes, chocolate and preserves. The market is held every 4th Saturday of the month (except at Christmas when the market is held on the Sunday before Christmas not the Saturday) from 9am to 12:30pm in the Lopham Village Hall, North Lopham, Norfolk, IP22 2LP
- Poringland – food and fresh produce direct from local farmers, fruit, vegetables, chutneys, pickles and many other foody delights! The market is held on the 1st and 3rd Saturday from 9:30am to 1pm at Poringland Community Centre, Overton’s Way, Poringland, Norwich, NR14 7WB.
- Wymondham – is held on the 3rd Saturday of the month from 9am to 1pm with beautiful produce including locally pressed apple juice, traditional Norfolk sausages and lots of other locally produced goods. Wymondham Farmers Market is held in the Market Place, NR18 0AD.
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