Oak House Farm hosted the Farmers Market in Sproughton

Published:
7:00 p.m. May 2, 2022



Around 750 people visited a working farm to enjoy a new Suffolk Farmers Market.

Oak House Farm, a family farm in Sproughton, held its first event last Sunday with plenty of local produce available for purchase.

Farm owner Ben Woolf said the market was frequented by many families – around 750 people visiting the farm to buy local produce and have a good time in a friendly atmosphere.


Laura Middleditch, founder of Lovelands Honey at the first Oak Farm Farmer’s Market.
– Credit: Sarah Lucy Brown

Mr Woolf said: ‘We had a really interesting mix of vendors selling everything from eco-refills to beer and gin, cakes, dog treats, flowers and of course our butcher shop was open for sell the meat that we raise here on the farm. .”

The market hosted around twenty artisanal producers, including the Oak House Farm butcher.

“Chef Neil also came to sell hot food, again with meat produced here on the farm. He did a roaring trade and had a queue of hungry customers from start to finish.


Event organizer Liz Wilson with Joanne Hulls of Applewood Acres.  Photo: Sarah Lucy Brown

Event organizer Liz Wilson with Joanne Hulls of Applewood Acres.
– Credit: Sarah Lucy Brown

The atmosphere at the market was very friendly and relaxed, and the children were able to enjoy many activities, including opportunities to meet farm animals, visit a candy store and a children’s bookstore.

Mr Woolf added: “Children and adults alike enjoyed the unique opportunity a farmers market on a farm provides to meet some of our animals and enjoy a bit of the countryside.


David Carney and Joanne Hull of Applewood Acres at the Oak Farm Farmer's Market.  Photo: Sarah

David Carney and Joanne Hull of Applewood Acres at the Oak Farm Farmers Market
– Credit: Sarah Lucy Brown

“For us, it was a great opportunity to welcome some of our regular customers to something different and to welcome new customers to the butcher shop. It was also fantastic to be able to showcase talented local producers.


Charlotte Harwood from Charlotte's Block Prints.  Photo: Sarah Lucy Brown

Charlotte Harwood from Charlotte’s Block Prints
– Credit: Sarah Lucy Brown

The market was organized in collaboration between Oak House Farm and Acorn Events.

This was a rare example of a farmers market held on a working farm, so visitors could enjoy close contact with farm animals.


Laura Middleditch, founder of Lovelands Honey at the first Oak Farm Farmer's Market.  Photo: Sarah

Laura Middleditch, founder of Lovelands Honey at the first Oak Farm Farmer’s Market
– Credit: Sarah Lucy Brown

For anyone who missed the event or enjoyed it so much they want to return, Oak House Farm will be hosting another event on Sunday August 14th.


Sam Woodward from Vegelicious of Hadleigh with his dog Titch.  Photo: Sarah Lucy Brown

Sam Woodward from Vegelicious of Hadleigh with his dog Titch
– Credit: Sarah Lucy Brown

James V. Payne