PICTURES: Return of Long Melford Farmers' Market after long hiatus hailed as great success
A farmers’ market –resurrected in Long Melford after a three-year absence – has been hailed as a success.
Around 26 stallholders turned up to the village hall on Saturday for the market, selling everything from food to candles.
The market’s return was welcomed by villagers and visitors, said Justine Paul, whose company, Suffolk Market Events, is now managing it.
“There was a lot of support from people who had missed the market, which had previously dwindled and fizzled out about two or three years ago. Lots of them were very excited about having it back again,” she said.
“It’s going to be held in the village hall every second Saturday of the month from 9.30am to 1pm.”
Goods on sale included vegetables, bread, cheese, tea, meats, liqueurs, honey, spices, pottery and candles.
There was also a mobile cafe called Beachbox Cafe – in the shape of a converted horse box – positioned outside the village hall, selling refreshments.
Ms Paul said the hope is to have some outside stalls selling street food in the summer months, adding that the market would also help the local economy.
"We’ve been saying for some time that these markets give a boost to the local economy, with more footfall in villages and towns, and councils are just beginning to realise that this is true," she said.
"Markets give people a shopping experience they don’t get from supermarkets, and that’s why they are thriving."