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Local -farmers -marketsBeing part of a rural community, here at Bressingham Steam & Gardens we’ve always taken a keen interest in local events - especially if they involve food and drink!

The nearby town of Diss has a regular Farmers market where all sorts of local produce can be found.  Sarah Richards, Deputy Town Clerk for Diss Town Council, very kindly took the time to let us know a bit more about it.

Here’s what Sarah told us:

How often is the Diss Farmers Market held and where does it take place?

Diss farmers market is a monthly event taking place in Diss Market Place on the 2nd Saturday of each month - so the next one will be very near to Christmas on 13th December 2014, 9am - 1pm.

There’ll be Christmas carols, the Salvation Army band and a splendid range of local produce - arrive early to get your pick of the day and bring a large shopping bag!

The number of local producers at each Farmers Market varies from month to month, typically it’s in the region of 7 to 12 stalls selling a variety of locally produced food and drink.

What makes the farmers market different from a normal market day?

The food, drink and other items you’ll find at the Farmers Market will have been produced locally within a 30 mile radius of Diss.

It’s also great for the environment, reducing food miles and connects consumers with the farming community surrounding them.

The goods go directly from the farmer or producer straight to the consumer - this promotes dialogue and understanding between the sellers and buyers of the produce (i.e. you can chat to them about where the food you just bought was produced!).

It enables high-quality, local food and drink to be affordable for the customer whilst still generating a fair income for the producer.

Is there any food or drink the area around Diss is especially known for?

A lot of high-quality livestock is farmed in the area - so we have pork from an award winning local small holding called Samphire who specialises in ethical farming and rearing rare breed pigs and sheep.

You’ll also find delicious, locally reared beef and lamb from D.J. Barnards family farm and butchers at the Farmers Market too.

The area also has many drinks on offer - including homebrewed beer and even locally roasted Coffee!

As you’d expect there are usually plenty of cakes, fruit and vegetables, artisan breads and, I believe, organic dog treats also on offer!

Are there any special market events planned for Xmas?

The Diss Christmas Lights Switch On extravaganza on Saturday 29th November 2014 from 3pm in the Market Place is not to missed!

Free parking will be available all day and the three subsequent Saturdays courtesy of South Norfolk Council!

Make sure you come early and browse the wide selection of independent shops before the event.

We are honoured to welcome R.A.F serviceman, Sergeant Duncan Slater as our VIP guest to switch the Diss Christmas lights on at 6pm.

His remarkable fundraising achievements through charity Walking with the Wounded alone have been truly inspirational.

Are there any local places or events you think we should know about?

If you’ve particularly enjoyed any places or events in Norfolk or Suffolk let us know.

We always like hearing about other local attractions!

If there is get in touch and let us know – you can also do it on Facebook or Twitter.

By Alastair Baker at 27 Nov 2014, 11:30 AM