Lavenham farmers’ market voted best in Suffolk

PUBLISHED: 13:23 10 February 2015 | UPDATED: 13:26 10 February 2015

Lavenham Farmers Market held at the Village Hall

Lavenham Farmers Market held at the Village Hall

Now the market will go on to represent the county at national level in BBC awards

Lavenham Farmers’ Market has been awarded Best Food Market in Suffolk at the BBC Radio 4 Food & Farming Awards, and will now represent Suffolk in the national finals.

Now in their 15th year, the awards honour those who have done the most to promote the cause of good food and are considered among the most prestigious food awards in the UK.

This year categories were judged regionally by BBC Radio presenters and it was the job of Lesley Dolphin of BBC Radio Suffolk and Polly Robinson of the Food Safari to judge the best Food Market in Suffolk.

Eight markets from around the county were nominated and Lavenham Farmers’ Market was announced the winner with judges describing it as ‘ticking all the boxes of what a great market should be’.

Lavenham Farmers’ Market has risen from the ashes over the last six years since being taken over by Justine Paul, of Suffolk Market Events.

“It has taken a huge amount of hard work, determination and energy to turn the Farmers’ Market around and today I feel this has been rewarded,” said Justine. “I am absolutely delighted that Lavenham Farmers’ Market is going to be representing Suffolk and I really want to thank every single person who nominated the market and has shown their support over the last few years.“

Lavenham Farmers’ Market is held on the fourth Sunday of every month and features over 30 of the region’s small scale producers. Everything that is sold at the market is produced by the person who is selling and no producer will have travelled further than 30 miles to be there. This year Justine has further developed the market by creating workshops called `Upstairs at the Market’, giving her regular producers the chance to demonstrate their skills and share their knowledge with their customers. This innovation was highlighted by the judges as another reason why Lavenham Farmers’ Market really shone through.

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