Swaffham Saturday market ready for further expansion

Swaffham christmas lights on in the Market Place. ENGANL00120111126090723
Swaffham christmas lights on in the Market Place. ENGANL00120111126090723

Swaffham’s popular Saturday market is set to expand what it has on offer from tomorrow with the introduction of a farmers’ market.

The expansion of a farmer’s market will run once a month alongside the traditional market on the second Saturday of every month.

Situated on the south side of the market place, it will give the town’s people the chance to buy directly from local producers

Swaffham market has been around for over 800 years and has seen many changes and 
reorganisations as it has adapted to thrive and survive.

This latest development will give residents and visitors even more shopping choices keeping the town centre busy and vibrant.

Newly-appointed Swaffham mayor Paul Darby, said ‘We have to move with the times and farmers’ markets are successful elsewhere in Norfolk, so why not in Swaffham?

“We have tried different days, such as Wednesdays and Sundays in the past, so fingers crossed that we can make a go of it this time round on a Saturday. Everyone knows Saturday is market day in Swaffham.”

The current portfolio includes the traditional market on a Saturday, complete with general auction at 11am outside the Greyhound.

These have long been part of Swaffham life, and are joined by the indoor market in the Assembly Rooms on a Friday, and more recently, the Eagles Poultry Auction is back, every Saturday at the raceway.

Swaffham town clerk Richard Bishop said: “The farmers’ market was given a rest last year whilst we concentrated all our efforts into celebrating our 800th year.

“It is hoped that bringing it back again this time, by making it integral to our traditional market day once a month, may help to establish it once more as a regular part of Swaffham’s market family.”

Swaffham Town Council are looking for any local producers to come along and trade at the farmers’ market.

If you grow it, forage for it, smoke it, cook it, pickle it, preserve it, bake it, brew it and would like to sell it – get in touch and book your stall.

It is hoped the feature will grow and become a regular fixture in the market place.