A festive food market will be held at a farm shop outside Dereham this weekend, on a day which also marks the launch of the firm’s new coffee shop.

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The first Food Fayre at the Corners Nursery and Farm Shop on Fakenham Road at Hoe will be held on Saturday from 10am to 2pm.

Ten stalls will be offering produce including meat and Christmas turkeys reared at Norfolk farms, and locally-produced bread, cheese, preserves and ice cream.

This special festive market will raise money for mental health charity Mencap, and it is hoped the event will become a regular monthly fixture from February onwards.

It marks another step in the development of the site, where a new coffee shop and toilet block will also be opened on Saturday.

Owner Phillip Morter said: “We have been here two years and now we have got the infrastructure in place. We have got the new coffee shop and toilet facilities and a large car park so it should be a great location for an out-of-town food market.

“When we first took it over we opened the farm shop, we are building up the nursery and we want to renovate the greenhouses. We have got a craft shop, and now the coffee shop, and there are future plans for a landscaped garden and picnic areas.

“There are big plans, but getting the food market, along with the new coffee shop and the toilet facilities, is a real stepping stone. It is all about bringing more facilities to the town and building up the site.”

One of the stallholders will be Food Fayre organiser Debby Craine, who runs Pickled Lilly from her home in Horningtoft, making jams, preserves and chutneys.

She said: “I buy all my ingredients as locally as I can and, whatever you produce, if you buy locally you are helping the local economy. It is all a big circle and we need to get back to that way of buying food that is local and seasonal.

“This is an ideal place for a food fair, as it’s very central and right on the outskirts of Dereham.”

The new coffee shop will be run by Sue’s Country Teapot, which also operates from the Original Factory Shop in Dereham.

Sue Bidewell will manage the coffee shop at Corners, which will be open daily from Saturday onwards.

She said: “As this is a farm shop, we are going to try to recreate the ambience of a farm kitchen with home cooking, using as much local produce as we can. We want it to feel like a home from home.”

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