Fancy visiting a farmers market during your stay?

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. 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. Norfolk Farmers' Markets 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 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 hand-made 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. 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 good