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Muddy visits: Loddon Farmers’ Market

You’ve got to love a farmers’ market – from the cheap coffee and bacon sandwiches to walk around with to stall upon stall of loveliness (be it shiny fruit and veg or homemade pork pies), it’s a great morning out. And even if you don’t buy anything, taking the time to walk around a farmer’s market is showing your support for local produce – and the local community.

Loddon Farmers’ Market, in the beautiful village of Loddon in south Norfolk, runs on the second and fourth Saturday of each month in the Jubilee Hall, a small building with its own car park. While most farmer’s markets tend to be outdoors, Loddon’s is a great rainy day activity – perfect for Saturday 9 April.

Loddon Farmer's market logo

Before entering Jubilee Hall, visitors will meet Paul, a fishmongers selling his wares from a van outside the front entrance next to a board explaining what’s on offer – Skate wings anyone?

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Entrance is free and – on the day of my visit – the following produce is for sale (it varies from week to week according to what’s in season):

Raw milk:

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Organic meat:

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Jams & chutneys:

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Pies & tarts:

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Deli produce:

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Local apple juice:

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And local Ale:

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Everyone is uber friendly and I spend an enjoyable hour sampling everything from cubes of cheese to bread with olive oil and several chutneys before buying a homemade pork and onion pie (£1), a jar of crab apple jelly (£1) and a loaf of spelt bread (£1.80).

A cup of coffee and a slice of gingerbread loaf later and it’s off to the village of Loddon, with its waterfront setting and beautiful church, for lunch in a country pub.

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As morning’s go, it wasn’t too shabby.

Loddon Farmers’ Market, Jubilee Hall, George Lane, Loddon, Norfolk, NR14 6NB,

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