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.
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?
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):
Jams & chutneys:
Pies & tarts:
Local apple juice:
And local Ale:
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.
As morning’s go, it wasn’t too shabby.
Loddon Farmers’ Market, Jubilee Hall, George Lane, Loddon, Norfolk, NR14 6NB, loddonfarmersmarket.co.uk