Saturday, 19 December 2009

Orford Christmas Country Market

Thank you for making our final market of 2009 one of the best yet.

The raffle raised £78 in aid of the East Anglian Air Ambulance Service and the winners were:-
The Hamper of Country Market goodies was won by John Poulter
The cake was won by Mrs Henderson
and the wreath by Michelle.

We look forward to seeing you in the New Year (we re-open on 16th January apart from Chris' bread which will be back in the Spring) and wish you and yours a very Happy Christmas and a Healthy, Peaceful and Prosperous 2010.

From everyone at Orford Country Market

p.s. Please let us know if there is anything you would like to see at the market either fresh food or handmade craft ideas.  

Tuesday, 15 December 2009

Last Orford Country Market of 2009

Hi Everyone

Thank you all for supporting the Country Market this year.

This week will be our last market until January 16th 2010 and we would like you to join us for our pre Christmas celebrations. We will have lots of your favourites and there will be FREE MULLED WINE AND MINCE PIES to help get the Christmas week off to a good start.

There are still raffle tickets available for the draw in aid of the East Anglian Air Ambulance Service and the draw will take place at 12 noon on Saturday.   Prizes are a selection of Country Market products including a hamper, so good luck!

We will have our usual beef lasagnes, quiches and much much more, soup, cakes, preserves, pickles and savouries and of course locally grown, freshly picked vegetables.

There will also be savoury nibbles to enjoy over the weekend or to have ready in the freezer when that expected or unexpected guest drops in for a festive drink.

Christmas goodies from the Crown at Snape will include chipolatas, bacon and sausage meat.

There will be hand made wreaths, and of course lovely Christmas cakes, mincemeat, mince pies and Christmas puddings

Soups will include Leek and Potato, Broccoli and Stilton, Roasted Butternut Squash, and Carrot.

Last minute or stocking gifts include fudge, coconut ice and other treats from the cake counter and, from the craft table, small zipped purses, scarves, knits, wool and accessories, jewellery, teacup candles, lavender bags and cushions.

Remember that all our food is freshly cooked so can be frozen.   Why not pick up some soup or savouries for the days following Christmas when you have either had enough of the leftovers or want something quick and easy.

Likewise from the baker why not buy an extra loaf for the freezer or maybe some festive buns. 

2009 has been a good year for the Orford Country Market and we all thank you all for your continuing support throughout the year. 

We wish you a Merry and Peaceful Christmas and a Happy and Prosperous New Year and we look forward to seeing you all again in 2010.

Friday, 11 December 2009

Market 12th December

Today we have the Leiston Bell Ringers coming to give us a little piece of Christmas spirit.  Come and listen to them around 10 o'clock.

On the tables we will have:

New season lamb ~ Beef lasagnes ~ quiches ~ sausage and onion pies ~ Sponges ~ Buns ~ Mince pies ~ Cranberrry and oatbran muffins ~ Rocky road ~ Lemon Cakes.

Lots of Christmas cakes ~ Mini christmas cakes ~ Puddings ~ Mincemeat

Carrot soup with garlic croutons ~ Roasted butternut squash soup with toasted sunflower seeds ~ Mini cheese and olive scones ~ Cheese sables ~ Fudge ~ Banana and chocolate mini loaves ~ Florentines ~ Focaccia rolls,

Lavender bags ~ Cushions ~ Tea Cup Candles ~ Wool ~ Scarves

Don't forget to order anything you need for Christmas or the New Year.  Next week (19th) is our last market and we will start again on 16th January.  All the food items are freshly made and can be frozen.


Friday, 4 December 2009

Orford Country Market 5th December 2009

Hi Everyone

Once again we will be at the Orford Town Hall and look forward to seeing you all.  We open at 9:30 and close at 12:30.

Don't forget that we are taking orders for Christmas, turkeys,chipolatas, bacon, iced cakes, mincemeat, nibbles etc, just ask one of the producers or Judith on the cash desk.  Why not order your Christmas wreath.

For sale tomorrow we will have .....

Beef from the Crown at Snape.   

Lemon cakes, butter flapjacks, butter shortbread and mince pies.sponges, iced buns, rocky road, marmalade cake, fruit cakes and of course beautifully iced Christmas Cakes.

The ever popular quiches and lasagnes on the savoury table plus homemade Leek and Potato soup

Artisan breads, but come early, it goes really quickly.

We will have all the usual locally grown, freshly picked vegetables.

Lots of jams, pickles, chutneys as well as mincemeat and mini Christmas puddings.

and on the craft tables there will be festive bunting, festive wall-hangings and purses.   Lovely wool from Gedgrave, knitting kits and hand knitted garments.   There will also be some hand rolled beeswax candles from the bees in Gedgrave.

Look forward to seeing you all tomorrow.

All the best

Friday, 27 November 2009

Saturday 28th November

There are only 4 Saturdays left before Christmas.   I don't know where the last two months have gone (it's a sign of old age or so I'm told).

On December 12th we have the Leiston Bell Ringers coming to ring their bells!  Come and share in the Christmas spirit with us.

To tempt you this week we have :

Gammon/bacon steaks from Teresa at Snape Crown (next week Crag Farm Beef ). 
What do you get if you cross a pig and an axe? ..... Pork chops - the latest joke from my 10 year old son.

Potatoes, Onions, Shallots, Spinach, Chard, Pak Choi, Salad Leaves, Squash, Carrot, Beetroot, Turnips

Leek and Potato Soup, Carrot and Coriander Soup, Beef Crumble, Beef Lasagne, Cottage Pie, Quiche Lorraine, Sausage Rolls

Gingerbread, Lemon Cake, Fruit Cake, Mini Loaves(lemon, gingerbread, fruit), Victoria Sandwich, Ginger Buns, Crunchy Lemon Cakes, Butter Shortbread, Butter Flapjacks, Mince Pies, Coffee & Walnut Cake

Chris will be up early to make all his delicious bread

Mincemeat, Christmas Puddings, Pickles, Chutneys - all sorts of lovely Christmassy flavours.

This Christmas we are offering make-your-own hampers.  Choose a few items you would like to give as a present and for a small fee we can package them in a hamper and cover in cellophane, ready for you to give.  Talk to any of the producers for more information.

Festive bunting, Zipped purses (great for a small present in a Christmas card) - they hold money, make-up, travelling jewellery case - all sorts of uses

Wheat bags and Lavender bags - have you smelt them?  They're gorgeous. 

Slippers, socks, striped mittens, scarfs, hats - everything you need to keep warm now the colder weather is upon us - my car had the frost warning light on this evening.

Lovely little cardigans and jackets for little ones.

Lots on offer, we look forward to seeing you


Friday, 20 November 2009

Orford Country Market 21st November 2009

Hi Everyone

In addition to all our usual offerings you will find many  things for your Christmas celebrations including

Bacon and gammon 

Pheasants, partridge and game terrine
Turkey, sausagemeat, cocktail sausages,stuffing mix 
pigs in blankets, cranberry sauce, medlar jelly, Christmas puddings, homemade mincemeat and even a fresh wreath.

There will also be samples of party food which you will be able to order.

Hope to see you there. 

Friday, 13 November 2009

ORFORD COUNTRY MARKET 14th November 2009

The weather has changed to very wet today after some glorious days this week but we hope the sun will be shining tomorrow and look forward to seeing you all.

As usual we will be in the Town Hall from 9:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m.


Teresa will bring her home reared lamb from the Crown at Snape.


As always an imaginative selection of cakes as well as the usual favourites.

Potatoes, onions, lettuce, salad leaves, pak choi, squash, tomatoes, beetroot, carrots, spinach, chard, radish.


Our fresh soups have been a great success and this week we will have Leek and Potato, Pumpkin, Roasted Butternut Squash and Carrot.   Where possible we use locally grown produce in the soups and as they are freshly made can be frozen.


The ever popular sourdough, plus white pan and brioche and of course baguettes.


Lasagne, hummus, cheese and olive scones, 

Sadly all the honey has gone for this year but there is always lots of  jams, marmalades, pickles and chutneys.


This is the week for the wool from the Gedgrave flock to be at the market, so come along and see what new things Tracy and Marilyn have been knitting.  I understand that the lace weight wool has arrived and they will be brining some along tomorrow.   Always lots to see.


We have some new jewellery on sale.   I haven't seen it yet so can't comment but I look forward to meeting another new member to the market.


I know it is early but we have mincemeat and puddings for sale.   They keep for many months so why not get them now so that is one less thing to worry about.   We have large, medium and small puddings and jars of mincemeat.   WARNING, once you try the homemade variety you will never buy commercially produced mincemeat ever again.   We use the finest ingredients and we take great care in the production.


We have a wide range of hand made items.   Knitted scarves, mittens, bags etc.  Patchwork quilts, cushion, and lovely small zipped bags.   There will be a couple of tote bags as well as lavender bags and wheatbags.  Dare I say, some lovely things for Christmas presents.


Why not stop for a tea or coffee and enjoy the atmosphere of the market.   It the weather doesn't improve it will be a good place to shelter for a while.

and don't forget, we are taking orders for Christmas food and gifts.   Why not order hampers for all your friends, family or staff.   We will fill them with items of your choice.

Have a great weekend.

Friday, 6 November 2009

Orford Country Market 7th November 2009

Hi Everyone,

We are really looking forward to seeing you all tomorrow.    We all want to let you know how much we appreciate your support.   The market is going from strength to strength and we are always on the lookout for new producers or new ideas about what YOU want.  Talk to one of us if you have any ideas.

but come along as this week we have.


Goats cheese, pear and walnut quiche

Lemon cakes, flapjacks, plain sponge
Coffee & Walnut cake/buns
Marmalade Cake
Iced buns
Rocky road
Apple Muffins
Walnut cake
Mocha cake/buns

and in preparation for Christmas....................
puddings made with brandy and stout and brandy mincemeat

 From the Crown at Snape...................sausages and pork


Various quiches 
Sausage and onion pies
Cottage pies
Beef lasagne

and to solve your "what shall we have for Saturday lunch"?

Carrot soup with garlic, cheesy croutons
Roasted (locally grown) butternut squash soup with toasted sunflower seeds perfect to go with Chris' wonderful ARTISAN BREADS..................but come early the bread goes fast.
or Leek and Potato soup or beef stew.

Don't forget your veg for the weekend....................there will be 
Potatoes including bakers, onions, tomatoes, lettuce, salad leaves, pak choi, mooli radish, beetroot, squash, chard and spinach.

Lots of preserves and pickles and of course a table full of locally handmade craft  items.

See you tomorrow


Friday, 30 October 2009

October 31st

It's Halloween, 
There's no trick today, just lots of wonderful treats - take a look ...

A selection of 'Halloween themed' cakes and buns ~ Apple cakes ~ Toffee apples ~ Pumpkin pies

Fresh meat ... Sausages ~ pork
No bats, spiders or newts (shame ... my spells don't include sausages)

Bubble, bubble, toil and trouble ... in cauldrons these wonderful preserves have simmered, including ...
Crab apple jelly ~ Green tomato chutney ~ Brandy Mincemeat

Bread .... bread ... bread ... hand-made by Chris.
"Be he alive or be he dead, I'll grind his bones to make my bread" - it's lucky for us that Chris isn't a giant (sorry I know that's not Halloween)

The stoves have been stoked for ...
Beef lasagnes ~ Ham and Leek au gratin (leeks wrapped in ham in white sauce, with a breadcrumb and cheese crispy topping) ~ A variety of quiches ~  Sausage and onion pies ~ Vegetable stock
Phew ... not a Bat Curry or Eye of Newt Soup in sight

The cake stall will have you under our spell once you've tasted ....
Plain sponges ~ Coffee and walnut sponge ~ Fruit cakes ~ Rocky road ~ Apple pies ~ Crunchy lemon cakes ~ Butter shortbread ~ Butter flapjacks ~ maybe apple pies! ~ Iced chocolate chip buns ~ Baked apples (stuffed with dry fruit and served with a butterscotch sauce)

Loads of vegetables and free-range eggs

New this week ... tamarind seed jewellery

How do we keep producing all these goodies each week ... magic!


Friday, 23 October 2009

Saturday 24th October

Hello everyone,

We are in the Town Hall tomorrow, 9.30 - 12.30pm. 

NEW to the market this week
Carrot Soup ~ Curried Parsnip Soup ~
Roasted Butternut Squash soup ~
Vegetable stock ~  possibly some cook in sauces

On the meat stall...
Sausages ~ pork shoulder joints ~ gammon steaks

On the savouries ...
A variety of quiches ~ beef/vegetable/Mushroom and spinach lasagnes ~ Cottage pie ~ Cauliflower cheese ~ Hummus

On the cakes ...
Plain sponge ~ Coffe & walnut sponge ~ Iced buns ~ Marmalade cake ~ Walnut Cake ~ Red velvet cake ~ Parsnip and maple syrup cake (my favourite) ~ Mocha cake ~ Buns ~ Gingerbread ~ Lemon cakes ~ Moist carrot cake ~ Teabread ~ Cheese and olive scones ~ Fudge.

Chris's wonderful assortment of bread ...

Free-range chicken eggs ~ duck eggs ~ lots of jars of preserves including honey.

Don't forget all the locally grown, chemical free ...
Potatoes including Bakers ~ Onions ~ Shallots ~ Apples ~ Chard ~ Spinach ~ Tomatoes ~ Squash.

Now the weather is a littler cooler , visit the craft stall and find ...
Wheat bags (to keep you warm)  ~ Gloves ~ Scarfs ~ Hats  ~ Slippers ~ as well as ~
Cushions ~ Bags ~ Woolies ~ Purses ~ Lavender Bags

Looking forward to seeing you


Friday, 16 October 2009

Orford Country Market 17th October 2009

Hi Everyone

Hope you have all had a good week.

The market will be in the Town Hall tomorrow.  

We open at 9:30 and close at 12.30. and look forward to seeing you all.  Come early.

This week we will have.................

Artisan Breads,  Soda Bread and Cheese and Chive Soda Bread

Lemon Cakes, flapjacks, shortbread, gingerbread, fruit cake, seed cake, spiced apple  cake, cherry and almond cakes, coffee crunch cake, rocky road, sponges and buns.

Steak, mushroom and ale pies, mushroom lasagnes, mini cheese and olive scones, sausage rolls, quiches, beef lasagnes, cauliflower cheese, sausage and onion pies, smoked salmon pate .

Local free range eggs

Bramley Apples


Gorgeous honey from Gedgrave

Lots of jams and preserves and New this Week Sweet Onion Chutney

Refreshments will be available.

There will also be a wide selection of knitted items, patchwork quilts, cushions, appliqué kits, wheat bags filled with local wheatberries, lavender bags etc, etc etc.   

Sorry if we haven't got your favourites.   Please ask us at the market or email us earlier in the week if there is something you particularly want. We will be happy to oblige. 

Hope to see you tomorrow.


Friday, 9 October 2009

Saturday 10th October 2009

Hello everyone,

At another very full market tomorrow you will find ...
On the meat stall ...
Pork and sausages, and if it's back from the butchers in time ... goat meat.  Now that's something your average supermarket doesn't stock!

On the cake stall ...
Sponges (chocolate, plain) ~ Iced buns ~ Rocky Road ~ Mocha cake ~ Coffee Crunch cake ~ Crunchy Top Lemon Cakes ~ Gingerbread ~ Moist Carrot Cake ~ Cheese Straws ~ Rusks ~ Sausage rolls ~ Soda Bread ~ Cheesey Soda Bread.

Look out for the 'try before you buy' tasters for
Parsnip and maple syrup cake (delicious!) ~ Chocolate and beetroot brownies ~ Poppy seed cake .

On the savouries stall ...
Various quiches ~ Lasagnes (Beef or Mushroom and spinach) ~ Steak mushroom and ale pies ~ Sausage and onion pies ~ Cottage Pie ~ Cauliflower cheese
As well as
Mackerel Pate ~ Chicken Liver Pate.

On the fruit and veg stall ....
A large selection of freshly picked vegetables
Potatoes ~ Baking Potatoes ~ Onions ~ Pickling Onions ~ Shallots ~ Tomatoes ~ Cucumbers ~ Lettuces ~ Chard ~ Leaf Beet ~ Spinach ~ Beetroot ~ Runner Beans (probably the last) ~ Squash
and also freshly picked Bramley and Cox Apples.

Don't forget ...
Free-range chicken eggs ~ quail eggs ~ duck eggs ~ the amazing assortment of jams, pickles, chutneys and marmalades.

With all of this on offer, you may need a very big bag.

Looking forward to seeing you tomorrow


P.S. Chris should be back with his bakers apron on next week.

P.P.S. If you stitch, knit, crochet, spin, felt, embroider or anything needlecrafty, a new group is starting this Monday, 12th October, 7.30pm-9.30pm at Bart's Hall for you to come and stitch and chat, have tea, with other like-minded crafty people.

Saturday, 3 October 2009

Orford Country Market 2nd October 2009

Good Morning and sorry for the late announcements.

Hope to see you at the market today......................
Ali will have............
Gingerbread, Fruit Cake, Cheese Straws, Sultana Scones, Cheesey Soda Bread, Soda Bread and Sausage Rolls. Preserves Cucumber and Apple Chutney, Marrow Chutney to buy and tasters, Greengage Jam, Victoria Plum Jam to buy and tasters and also new this week Raspberry Jam!

and Jenny will be bringing...................

flapjacks, shortbread, lemon cakes, double chocolate cakes.
Three bright, funky new cushions

I will be there with
cheese and olive scones, savoury muffins, mini chocolate and banana loaves, hummus and tapanade.  
I have a few wheatbags, (next batch ready soon).

We look forward to welcoming Chris back in a couple of weeks.

See you later Pat

Friday, 25 September 2009

What's at The Market on 26th September?

It's British Food Fortnight and we're celebrating in a small but tasteful way.

There will be Bacon baps - Teresa's tasty bacon and also some sausages from pigs reared by herself and Chris's baps ... I can smell them already ...

Marlene is making fresh Parsnip Soup at market, how lovely that will be.

We will have lots of preserves to taste, so if you've ever wondered what they are like, come along and try them and hopefully some Date Slices from the baked goods.

All of this as well as ... on the cakes ...
Lemon cakes, Double Chocolate Cakes, Flapjacks, Sponges, Buns, Marmalade cake, Honey loaf (made with Suffolk honey), Apple cake (made with home grown bramley apples), Banana bread, Chocolate brownies, Apple & blackberry/apple & cinnamon pies, soda bread, cheesey soda bread

On the savouries ...
Lasagnes (beef/mushroom & spinach), Quiches, Scotch eggs, Sausage & onion pies

On the fruit and veg stall ...
Potatoes, Onions, Shallots, Runner Beans, Tomatoes, Cues, Courgettes, Spinach, Chard, Beetroot and Apples

And also ...
Smoked Mackerel pate, smoked salmon pate and chicken liver pate,
Chris will have been busy making ...
White Sourdough, Miche, Baguettes, Cannelles and maybe Brioche..

Don't forget the fresh free-range chicken eggs, duck eggs, possibly quail eggs

A very full market and we all look forward to seeing you


PS. Please click on the 'envelope' button below to email this to anyone else you think would be interested.

Saturday, 19 September 2009

The Bread is Back

Chris returned today with his delicious continental style bread.  It's so popular it was sold-out in less than an hour.  There will be more on the bread at a later date.

We had a wonderful array of cakes, savouries, preserves, fruit, vegetables and craft.

Amazingly our eggs didn't sell out, come on everyone, local fresh free-range eggs - what could be better for your omelettes? 

Don't forget orders can be taken on nearly everything and if there is something you would really really like, please ask, we can cook almost anything!


Saturday, 22 August 2009

Saturday 22nd August 2009

Thanks Jenny for setting up the Blog.

We all had a great day at the market. Really busy most of the time. Huge rush at opening time and still customers after we had closed. Quite a buzz. Everyone pleased with the takings.......thanks Judith.

Lovely to see so much produce and some very unusual cakes........Chocolate & Beetroot!!! someone will be enjoying that this afternoon with their tea.

Looking forward to next weekend and the Flower Show.