East Anglian farms where you can buy milk, flour and eggs
PUBLISHED: 10:00 21 March 2020 | UPDATED: 17:35 30 March 2020
Support our local farmers as they work overtime to get essentials into our kitchens.
We’ve all witnessed the empty shelves in our local supermarkets. It’s crazy – but it’s also likely to continue for some time. We’ve found that local markets and traditional high-street butchers have had food when the out-of-town megastores have been empty, but with so much great food being produced in East Anglia it may be possible to secure some staples by going straight to the source, as some farms will sell straight from the gate – and those that aren’t generally seem to be keeping their local farm shops stocked. Here’s a quick guide to getting the essentials of life in these troubled times.
Please note that this information is correct at the time of going to press, but seems to be changing daily. We recommend making contact before making a special trip. If you are a producer or farm shop that we’ve missed from this list and would like to be added, please click here to email your details over.
Currently closed, the mill near King’s Lynn opens again on April 1 and will be selling flour then.
The shop at this windmill in Swaffham Prior in Cambridgeshire, just over the border from Suffolk and Norfolk, is open just once a week – from 9am to 1pm on Thursdays. However, the flour can be ordered online at any time.
Large-scale industrial miller but also sells direct to the public from the front office at the Downham Market mill (cash or cheque only - no cards or contactless payment).
Norfolk’s only flour-producing watermill is currently closed to the public but still milling. It is possible to order online for collection, but the flour sells out fast.
Potentially a one-stop-shop as the farm shop is also still open. The mill is running regularly, but it’s very busy and flour is selling out quickly.
Charming windmill near Bury St Edmunds is still milling on a regular schedule but its flour is selling out almost as fast as it can be produced.
Not selling direct but still producing and keeping regular customers in the Woodbridge area supplied, with flour available in the Woodbridge Co-op, Suffolk Food Hall, East Coast Diner, Woody’s and The Cake Shop.
Church Farm, Suffolk
Small family farm at Occold near Eye with egg-vending machines by the B1077.
The Egg Shed, Norfolk
Automated egg vending machines on a Wymondham farm.
Ellingham Eggs, Norfolk
Free-range eggs in Great Ellingham, near Attlebrorough.
32,000 free-range hens at Repps-with-Bastwick in the heart of the Broads (NR29 5JU)
As well as eggs, potatoes are available. Will deliver to the vulnerable in the local area.
Quiet, traditional farm in Stonham Aspal offering free-range eggs from the farmyard.
Orchard Free Range Eggs, Suffolk
Small producer in Brandon.
Top Farm Eggs, Norfolk
Free-range eggs on a farm famed for its conservation ethos in Great Snoring, near Fakenham.
Little Greys Farm, Norfolk
Family-run free-range egg producers tucked away in the countryside south-east of Sudbury.
Halfway between Diss and Framlingham, this free-range egg farm has automated egg machines.
Raw milk from a vending machine on this beautiful Fakenham farm.
Farm-gate shop (or online delivery) from this organic microdairy outside Lowestoft.
Raw milk, cheese and butter in a self-service 24-hour farm shop, just south of Bungay.
Goat’s milk in the Stour Valley: pre-order online to collect from the dairy in Bures St Mary.
Raw Jersey milk, direct from the cows (via the farmer) between Bungay and Norwich. Farm shop open seven days a week.
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Many producers who aren’t selling direct to the public from their farms are still working closely with their local farm shops to keep them stocked up. Here’s a list of farm shops to check when the supermarkets have let you down.
Family-run farm shop outside Dereham is open until 6pm or 4pm on Sundays.
Anemas Farm Shop
Open for potatoes, flour, bread and eggs on Shipdham Road in Dereham.
Smart farm shop that includes its own butchers and bakery.
Open 9am to 4pm daily on the north Norfolk coast.
Farm shop and butcher near Pulham Mafket in Norfolk also offers a delivery service
The associated café is closed, but the farm shop outside Roughton in Norfolk is still open.
Family farm shop near King’s Lynn with its own butchers
Original shop in Little Walsingham plus a stall on Norwich market.
Handy for Norwich, with more than the farm shop to visit.
Needham Market farm shop with recently opened butchers section.
Busy farm shop between Sudbury and Dedham.
Farm shop and food hall offering a call-and-collect service for essentials.
Fruit, veg and meat at this modern farm shop off the A12 near Yoxford in Suffolk.
Highly regarded Marlesford café has an equally high quality farm shop, open til 4pm.
Handy for Southwold and Aldeburgh, with local food and meat.
Farm shop open until 4pm daily (also a garden centre on site)
Grange Farm Shop
Friendly farm shop in Haskerton, near Woodbridge. Open until 5pm.
Dedham’s farm shop is open but its restaurant is shut on Mondays and Tuesdays.
East of Bury St Edmunds, this farm shop and café is open with sensible precautions.
Farm shop outside Newmarket is open 9am-5:30pm (9:30-4pm Sundays) but the attached café is closed.
Maisebrooke Farm Shop
Local produce in the farmshop on the B1062 outside Bungay.
Farm shop, flour mill, egg store, butcher... everything you could want under one roof.
Farm shop with a range of refillable products in Tuddenham St Mary.
North-east of Sudbury is this farm shop that boasts of being “not just a greengrocer”.
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