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New farmers’ market at Wiveton Hall on north Norfolk coast

09:13 29 March 2014

Wiveton Hall Fruit Farm cafe. Left to right, James Fitzpatrick, Gracie Clarke, Laura Wilkinson, Benjamin Pert and Kim Coleman.
PHOTO: ANTONY KELLY

Wiveton Hall Fruit Farm cafe. Left to right, James Fitzpatrick, Gracie Clarke, Laura Wilkinson, Benjamin Pert and Kim Coleman. PHOTO: ANTONY KELLY

Archant Norfolk 2014

A coastal pick your own fruit site will be showing off champions of Norfolk produce at a new farmers’ market.

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Wiveton Hall Fruit Farm cafe. James Fitzpatrick.
PHOTO: ANTONY KELLYWiveton Hall Fruit Farm cafe. James Fitzpatrick. PHOTO: ANTONY KELLY

Wiveton Hall, on the A149 coast road between Blakeney and Cley, will be putting on the event with 46 stalls on Saturday March 29 from 10am-2pm.

The rural estate, which includes a café, shop and holiday cottages, will start serving food from an Italian pizza oven from Monday March 31.

Business manager Kim Colman said: “It is all about keeping this beautiful old hall going. Each area of the business complements each other. Big businesses need to keep diversifying because the running costs of a house the size of Wiveton Hall are huge. We have to work hard to keep the farm going.”

Stalls at the farmers’ market will sell goods including handmade chocolates, Indian snacks, bread, meat, pies, cheese and crafts.

The event will be held on the second Saturday of every month until December between 10am-2pm.

Wiveton Hall, a Dutch-gabled Jacobean manor house built in 1652, is owned by Desmond MacCarthy who inherited it from his grandfather Capt Richard Buxton.

About 10 acres of the 250-acre site was turned into a fruit farm in 1995 and an old outbuilding was turned into a café and shop in 2006.

As well as being a foodie and holiday destination, the farm has been a wedding venue for about 10 years.

The café is currently open until the end of October and the pick your own season starts at the end of May.

Mrs Colman said the biggest challenge and aim was boosting the restaurant opening hours to all year round.

She added: “People who find us stay with us. They appreciate good food.”

The business serves homemade food using produce from the hall, as well as the surrounding area.

To book a stall on the farmers’ market email karen.wr@hotmail.co.uk

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