If you’re heading to Suffolk for a foodie holiday, we’ll let you in on a secret: we have some of the best farm shops around. Suffolk and the surrounding counties of Norfolk, Cambridgeshire and Essex are home to excellent food and drink producers, including some nationally (and even internationally) known brands such as Adnams, Stokes and Dingley Dell Pork. Our farm shops reflect this completely, offering the most mouth-watering local produce that will make you want to come back again and again.
Need a place to stay? Woodfarm Barns is ideally situated and within easy reach of a great selection of farm shops, as well as pubs where local produce is also available (but somebody else does the washing up!). Stay in one of our seven luxury, dog-friendly cottages, or, if you fancy something a bit different, hop aboard one of our historic, static barges at Woodfarm Barges. The choice is yours!
Now, let’s take a look at these fantastic farm shops.
Hog & Hen Farm Shop
We’ve talked about the Hog & Hen Farm Shop on this blog before, and we still highly recommend their business to our guests! Located at Mill Green Farm, just a five minute drive from Woodfarm Barns, the farm shop is housed in an attractive wood-clad building, which is often surrounded by potted plants for customers to browse.
Inside, the shop is well-stocked with local produce, as well as some special food and drink options from further afield. You might also be able to spot some free range chickens milling about on the farm – you can’t get any more local than that!
Find out more about Hog & Hen Farm Shop here.
Alder Carr Farm
Not just a pitstop for foodies, Alder Carr Farm is a fun trip for all the family. It features a farm shop and deli, cafe, craft shops, plant centre, picnic play area and farm nature trail; there really is something for everyone here.
Alder Carr Farm is famous for its ice cream, but you’ll also find a huge range of locally and ethically sourced produce in the shop. There’s also a plastic-free shopping section for those of you looking to reduce single-use plastic on your holiday.
Find out more about Alder Carr Farm here.
Grange Farm Shop
Based in Hasketon, just outside the market town of Woodbridge, Grange Farm Shop is an award-winning farm shop and cafe. It’s an eight-minute drive from our Twee Gebroeders barge, which is just a walk away from some top quality pubs, and a short drive from some excellent pubs, including the Turks Head.
A warm and welcoming shop, you’ll probably find yourself here for longer than you intended! There’s lots to browse, and even a selection of hampers for you to take home to friends and family – or just save for yourself!
Find out more about Grange Farm Shop here.
Those of you who watched Jimmy’s Farm on the BBC back in 2004 will recognise this entry! Run by Jimmy and Michaela Doherty, this working farm, shops, wildlife park and cafe is a great destination for families.
Located just outside Ipswich, Jimmy’s Farm is home to delectable, high quality and high end food, some of which is produced at the farm – particularly the pork, which is even butchered onsite. We also recommend a bite to eat in The Restaurant, which takes full advantage of the local ingredients available.
Find out more about Jimmy’s Farm here.
Friday Street Farm
A thriving arable farm, Friday Street Farm is a stone’s throw away from the popular seaside towns of Aldeburgh and Southwold, as well as our Onderneming barge which is moored at Snape Maltings.
Here, you’ll find a large farm shop stocked with many home grown and locally produced foods, complemented by unusual artisan products from outside the county. The new butchery is an excellent addition to the premises, offering the finest meats available in Suffolk.
Find out more about Friday Street Farm here.
Try Suffolk’s farm shops for yourself
If you find yourself slightly salivating after reading this, and you can’t wait to tuck into a delicious basket of farm shop goodies, you’ll just have to book a trip to Suffolk! We would be delighted to welcome you at our luxurious, dog-friendly cottages or historic barges, where there’ll be even more recommendations waiting for you in your welcome pack.