Beccles Farmers’ Market goes online offering new collection and delivery service

Chloe Donovan and her grandmother Margaret Hall who help run Beccles Farmers market are set to start

Chloe Donovan and her grandmother Margaret Hall who help run Beccles Farmers market are set to start selling and offering a delivery service online. PHOTO: Nick Butcher - Credit: Nick Butcher

A farmers' market is taking its produce online in a first for Norfolk and Suffolk.

The Beccles Farmers' Market based in Ellough will allow people to order online and collect, or have it delivered to your door through the new Beccles Food Assembly.

It will launch on April 1 alongside the normal twice a month market.

The Beccles Farmers' Market is a family run business which was opened by Margaret and Tony Hall in March 2000.

Now with the help of their granddaughter Chloe Donovan, they are looking to break the mould for farmers' markets going into the future.

Miss Donovan said: 'We are only the second in the East of England to try this out after one based in Cambridge which recently opened.

'Twice a month on the first and third Saturdays you'll find great products direct from quality farms.

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'We're working with the market stallholders and other producers to get everyone prepared to host our first collection on April 1, which orders will be taken for from March 25 to March 30.'

The market is based at the Old Ellough Heliport on Benacre Road.

Mrs Donovan added: 'We were thinking of ways to attract a new kind of audience which was something we were struggling to attract.

'It sounded like a great idea as no one else locally is offering something like this and it is the way the world is going with everything being bought online.

'We are really looking forward to the launch of the food assembly and hopefully it will give the market the push it needs.'

There will be a special market on March 18 where they will celebrate their 17th year.

On April 1 there will be a special opening in which Waveney MP Peter Aldous will attend.

There will be a delivery option available although prices are yet to be confirmed.

Membership is free and the assembly is urging people to share with their local friends and get in touch if interested in supplying or volunteering.

Those willing to help should email becclesfoodassembly@gmail.com

To sign up and find out more visit www.thefoodassembly.com/en/assemblies/9805

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