A flurry of snow and activity!

It was great to see Keith and Val back from Friends Farm on Framlingham Market this week. The BBQ was also back (With Val of course) cooking some delicious home reared bacon, and their very own award winning chilli and fennel sausage.


We had our first flurry of snow, and it was only a flurry, but some of the stallholders did get over excited!

The market is building nicely, and stallholders are starting to return from their Christmas break, although some of us just took a few days off over the Christmas period!

We hope to see you all very soon – Fram Market


New biodegradable cups at Over the Moon Cafe !


So that big day has finally arrived at Over the Moon Cafe with the arrival of 10,000 new coffee cups !


10 years of indecision and anticipation  – no one can say that this purchase was rash ….

The cartoon image of the coffee wagon on the cups was created with the help of Suzie Vanstiphout , a young artist and graphic designer ( http://cargocollective.com/suzievanstiphout).

She spent a few weeks last year working in the van as a barista, and the first planning doodles for the cups started right there .


Admittedly her task to create a picture of the van was a million miles away from the abstract art she is used to painting – nevertheless she has most definitely beautifully caught the cutesy and quirky character of our lovely 1940’s ex army coffee wagon .

As well as being stunning cups ( well – we think they are ! ) they are also totally compostable and biodegradable . A first for Framlingham possibly ?
They were produced for us with the help of two companies , Vegware ( www.vegware.com ) and GreenMan Packaging (www.greenmanpackaging.com) . Their products are made from natural, sustainable and renewable plant materials and can be composted or recycled after use . At GreenMan every order is always followed up with a commitment to plant new trees with their woodland partners- so now there is no need for our lovely customers to feel guilty about destroying the planet with mountains of landfill waste ! In fact even the lids that we will be using with these cups are biodegradable ! ( although how one turns corn starch into something that looks and feels like plastic is pretty mind-boggling ! )

So yet another reason why we should love our Markets ! Low miles , local products , and low waste ! Oh – and lots and lots of great company with bargains galore !!

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Potted History of Framlingham Market

In the hustle and bustle of modern market life it is easy to forget that our Market has such a long and remarkably rich history!
We have now been a functioning Market for nearly 1,000 years , probably well before there was any town to speak of ! Framlingham Castle was built in the late 12 Century , replacing an old Motte and Bailey castle that stood in it’s place . ( this has been located as having probably stood where the Castle Inn now stands) As the castle was being built an educated guess would indicate that a market would have quickly sprung up nearby to service the people and trades working there. ( the entrepreneurial spirit in us market traders will recognise this even today ! )


How neat and tidy we all were 700 years ago !

As the oldest buildings in Framlingham have timbers dating from about 1475, it is obvious that there must have been some time before the town really took hold after the construction of the castle, and that the first traders of Framlingham would have been market traders !

Eventually the Market relocated from the castle to its present location on the Market Hill in the centre of the town, but trade will have continued uninterrupted… although there might well have been the odd scrum or two for the new ‘best’ pitches ! (Sound familiar folks ? )

As these traditional Market towns developed , they provided a square or wide street for the markets to operate from. The English Monarchy also created a system whereby a new market town could not be established within a certain traveling distance of an existing one. Market crosses were also erected in the towns to obtain God’s blessing on the trade- and also as a reminder ” not to defraud by cheapening “, which some take to meaning that market traders were dishonest. In fact it was a warning to townsfolk not to haggle the traders so low as to discourage their returning !! So shoppers beware – treat us well-or else we might just pack up and go !

BURFORD, Oxfordshire. A view of the High Street during the Hiring Fair (Mop Fair) with stalls set out.

Mustache grease , leeches and arsenic could have been on an ordinary market shopping list in Victorian times !


Framlingham is a Chartered Market – which means that it was formalised by Royal Decree which also made it difficult to set up a rival market nearby.  Saturdays and Tuesdays have always been the market days in Fram, although in the past there seemed to be Market Fairs punctuated throughout the year as well.  The Tuesday market was reinstated again about 10 yeas ago, allowing Fram Market to become one of the only local towns to hold a bi-weekly event. Interestingly , of the many photographs in existance of Framlingham through the ages – there seem to be hardly any of the market itself… perhaps this is an indication that a market might not have been percieved as ‘ smart ‘ enough , or might have lowered the tone somewhat ?



Wouldn’t it be be amazing to find out who this lonely stallholder was , very likely to be a still local family!



Setting up on your own to sell your fruit and veg – that’s one feisty stallholder ! 

Certainly the difference now is that our market attracts produce and crafts from all over the world – and yet the continuity is there – a thousand years of a market being held in the same location , week in week out – how special is that !?

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