Lavenham Farmers Market
23rd February 2020 10:00 am - 1:30 pm
Lavenham Village Hall
Church St, Lavenham, Sudbury CO10 9QT
Lavenham Farmers’ Market, officially the best market in Suffolk, is held on the fourth Sunday of every month in Lavenham Village Hall.
At the regular Farmers’ Markets run by Suffolk Market Events across the county, there are normally over thirty producers, all year round, all of whom will have travelled no further than 30 miles, with many of the producers coming from neighbouring villages and small towns and everything that is sold at the markets is produced by the person who is selling. The markets have been a great boon not only to the local village or high street by bringing in much needed footfall and shoppers, but have also enhanced community cohesion in many of the locations. Justine Paul continues: `Our markets have re-established that focal point for a local community to come together, meet, chat and build new relationships. This goes beyond the trader-customers connection but also helps support isolated people as well bringing local leaders in touch with their residents’
The work that Suffolk Market Events have delivered by rejuvenating the high street with their farmers markets has also been recognised in this year’s Norfolk & Suffolk Tourism Awards. Finalists in The Taste of Anglia Category, Suffolk Market Events has showcased through its farmers markets the rich and diverse produce available from local artisans which has certainly enriched, as a destination the locations they are held. Many national media and publications now note the importance of a quality farmers market as an inducement to visit or move to an area.
Meanwhile as the debate on sustainability builds nationally, there is a growing acknowledgement that buying local and fresh is still as relevant today. Whether you are a vegan, vegetarian or carnivore, you know when you shop at a farmers market you are assured of good quality – all produced locally – the much used term of `food miles’ is still very important to the debate today and the growing number of shoppers at the famers’ markets show this is equally important for Suffolk residents.