When my local farmers' market in Lavenham, was on the brink of closure, with only a small handful of traders and very few customers, I was determined not to see the doors close. I believed then, as I do now, in the importance of shopping locally, of supporting small scale producers and of understanding the provenance of our food. That was in September 2008 and eight years later Suffolk Market Events is a multi award winning business.
Founded by Justine Paul, Suffolk Market Events now runs a number of top quality farmers' markets, food festivals, foraging events and contemporary craft markets across Suffolk. Justine also works on a consultancy basis for Babergh District Council on market improvement initiatives. She is a panel member of the AONB Sustainable Development Fund and a judge on the Suffolk Food & Drink Awards.
Suffolk Market Events has won numerous awards since 2012 and is one of 2016's Top 100 Small Businesses in the UK. Lavenham Farmers' Market is currently Radio 4's Best Market in Suffolk and Justine was named as Suffolk's Food & Drink Hero in 2015.
I have a passion for local food, for supporting local producers and for supporting my community. I have reconnected local people with locally produced food which is right on their doorstep and I am really proud to be the owner of a small, perfectly formed and very successful business.