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Lavenham Farmers' Market set for featured appearance on BBC television series The Farmers' Country Showdown





A long-running monthly market will receive a spot in the national limelight at the beginning of the new year, as it caps a successful 2022 by featuring on an upcoming BBC television series.

TV cameras were spotted at the recent Lavenham Farmers’ Market, ahead of the event’s appearance in the latest series of The Farmers’ Country Showdown.

The new season of the documentary series – which aims to celebrate farming families, independent producers and rural markets – begins airing on BBC One next month, with Lavenham set to feature in an episode on Tuesday, January 3, at 2.15pm.

Lavenham Farmers' Market was named the Farmer's Market of the Year at the national Farm Retail Awards 2022. Pictured: Justine and Alex Paul, of Suffolk Market Events, which runs the Lavenham market. Photo credit: Gary Lawson Media
Lavenham Farmers' Market was named the Farmer's Market of the Year at the national Farm Retail Awards 2022. Pictured: Justine and Alex Paul, of Suffolk Market Events, which runs the Lavenham market. Photo credit: Gary Lawson Media

Some of the key producers that sell their goods at the market will also be showcased in the series, including Sunshine and Green, an organic fruit-and-vegetable box delivery scheme based out of Ark Farm in Cavendish.

The television showcase for the Lavenham event follows its success at the national Farm Retail Awards earlier this year, when it was named Best Farmers’ Market in the UK.

Justine Paul, of Suffolk Market Events, which runs the Lavenham event, said: “It has been a wonderful year for Lavenham Farmers’ Market, which is always a special market for me as it was my first.

“Winning the national award was amazing, and justified all the many hours of hard work to ensure the market is a success.

“We were delighted to be chosen by the BBC to feature in the forthcoming series of The Farmers’ Country Showdown.

“I am really looking forward to watching it, although I have to admit to being very nervous as well. Hopefully, the market will look as great on TV as it is on the ground.”