Green Living Centre

Local Food In and Around Ipswich

Why Buy Local Food?

  • Fresher and healthier Fruit and vegetables which have been transported huge distances have fewer vitamins, and more energy or chemicals will have to be used to keep them fresh.
  • Your money goes straight to local producers helping to strengthen the local economy
  • Understand your food know how it has been produced and enjoy a sense of community discussing the produce with farmers. A much more enjoyable shopping experience!
  • A sense of the seasons Working with instead of against nature, buying food in season makes sense and helps keep our traditional recipes and food culture alive.
  • Benefit the environment Local food hasn't travelled so far. Notching up "food miles" increases the freight on our roads and contributes to pollution and global warming.

What Foods are in Season at the Moment?

Online seasonal chart:

Vegetable box schemes

These schemes regularly provide a box with a good mix of vegetables, which can be picked up or delivered to your home. Many schemes are run by farmers and the perishable goods, such as salad, are often picked on the same day you receive them. You will need to check if the farm can deliver to your area.

Alan Plant
Tel: 01473 652682

Organics for All
Free delivery throughout Suffolk
Diss, Norfolk
Tel: 0333 0444 192

Growing Places
We aim to promote local seasonal vegetables that are low in food miles, and high in freshness. We believe our boxes represent excellent value for money to the customer, whilst paying a fair price to the grower. All our produce is sourced locally or grown on our site in Claydon. Our growing area is now 100% organically certified.
Hillview Business Park,
Old Ipswich Road, Claydon, Ipswich. IP6 0AJ
Tel: 01473 833611 / 831224

Oak Tree Low Carbon Farm
Friendly new Community Supported Agriculture Scheme where members volunteer on the farm in exchange for a reduced price weekly seasonal veg box, absolutely fresh from the farm. Social events and skill share sessions (wild food walks, bread oven building...) We keep our carbon foot print to a minimum, with cooporative delivery by members, as well as using natural fertilizers and tools and machinery with minimal fuel consumption.
Playford Lane, Rushmere St Andrew
Tel: 07954 289 490

Suffolk Field Fayre
Local growing and veg box scheme delivering in Stowmarket and villages towards Hadleigh, Ipswich and Bury St Edmunds. We deliver chemical-free produce grown by ourselves as well as organic and conventional produce bought from Suffolk producers. All of our produce is seasonal, and local eggs, cheeses and bread can be added to your order. Our aim is to keep your pound in Suffolk. We deliver three sizes of box to your door and you can substitute items you don’t like. Contact us to see if we deliver in your area.
Tel: 01449 737867

Farm Shops

Farm shops generally sell a good range of local fruit and veg, most of which come from the farm. In addition, you can often find freshly baked bread, frozen foods, ice cream and dairy products, meat, fish and game, flowers, cakes, pies and bakery products. Several farms also have tea rooms, restaurants, pick-your-own, crafts and activities.

Alder Carr Farm Shop
Vegetables, meat, dairy products, pick-your-own, tea room, crafts centre
Alder Carr Farm
Creeting St Mary IP6 8LX
Tel: 01449 720820

Beacon Hill Farm Shop
Small family farm growing vegetables for farm shop and farmers’ markets. Pork and lamb.
Bealings Road
Tel: 01394 382633
From A12 take Woodbridge exit on roundabout. Take first right and follow road into Old Martlesham. At Red Lion pub, turn right, farm is 0.5 miles on right

Bushy Ley Farm Shop
Offton Rd
Ipswich IP7 6PQ
Tel: 01473 658671

Dairy Farm Nursery and Farm Shop
Local vegetables, meat, eggs, juice, plants and flowers
Lower Dairy Farm,
Tel: 01473 831 523

Goslings Farm Shop And PYO
Fruit, vegetables, herbs, dairy, preserves, juices, honey. Pick-your-own.
Trimley St Martin
Tel: 01394 273361
A14 dir Felixstowe. Take a left turn to Trimley villages. Follow signs to Trimley St Martin. At second roundabout follow signs for farm.

Grange Farm Shop
Farm shop selling own apples and local speciality foods
Tel: 01473 735221

Lux Farm
Free range chicken, outdoor reared pork, seasonal vegetables from The Oak Tree Low Carbon Farm (see below), free range eggs, oven ready Geese at Christmas (order early to avoid disappointment), and preserves and seasonings - all locally produced.
Playford Road, Rushmere St Andrew. IP5 1DA
Tel: 01473 624920

Newbourne Farm Shop
A family run farm shop selling home grown fruit & vegetables and locally sourced, Suffolk food. We pick all our vegetables daily from our greenhouses to ensure the best quality and freshness.
26 Mill Road, Newbourne. IP12 4NP
Tel: 01473 736407

Old Hall Organics
Seasonal organic vegetables, organic eggs, apples and apple juice.
Old Hall Cottage, Main Road, Heminstone IP6 9RJ
Tel: 01449 760 367
Call in, or phone to arrange a delivery.

Rookery Farm Shop
Farm shop featuring an extensive range of locally produced foods
Rookery Farm
Ipswich IP9 2LU
Tel: 01473 327220
Shop is on the A137 (Ipswich-Manningtree road) at Tattingstone, 3 miles from the junction with the A14 and 350 metres from the Wheatsheaf Public House crossroads.

Farmer's Markets

A chance to pick up your favourite products from around the region and soak up the atmosphere at the same time. For further information see

Ipswich Country Market
Village Hall, Rushmere St Andrew, Ipswich
Weekly, Thursdays 10.15 to 11.30 am

Easton Farm Park
Easton, Woodbridge
4th Saturday monthly
Contact: Jill Kerr Tel: 01728 746475

Trinity Methodist Church Hall, Orwell Road, Felixstowe
1st Saturday monthly 9 am to 1 pm
Contact: Eric Moss Tel: 01379 384593 or Sandra Jones Tel: 01394 460662

Village Hall, Harkstead, nr Holbrook
3rd Saturday monthly 9 am to 1 pm
Contact: Billie Berry Tel: 01473 327805

Jimmy's Farm
Pannington Hall, Wherstead, Ipswich
1st Saturday monthly 9 am to 1 pm
Contact: Essex Pig Company Tel: 01473 601770

Needham Market (Certified Farmer's Market)
Alder Carr Farm, Creeting St Mary, Needham Market
3rd Saturday monthly 9 am to 1 pm
Contact: Joan Hardingham Tel: 01449 720820

Snape Maltings, Near Aldeburgh. IP17 1SR
1st Saturday monthly starting 9.30am

Museum of East Anglian Life
1st Friday monthly 9:30am to 1.30pm
Contact: Neville Tye Tel: 01449 612060

Woodbridge (Certified Farmer's Market)
Community Centre, Woodbridge
2nd and 4th Saturday monthly 9 am to 1 pm
Contact: Sandra Jones Tel: 01394 460662 or Ian Whitehead Tel: 01379 384593

Meat and Butchers

Baylham House Rare Breeds Farm
Small quantities of lamb and sometimes mutton available for collection from the farm.
Mill Lane,
Suffolk, IP68LG
Tel: 01473 830264

G Debman (Family Butchers)
Traditional Family Butchers
101 Cliff Lane,
Ipswich IP30PQ
Tel: 01473 251686

Lane Farm Country Foods
High welfare pork producer, sausages and bacon made on the farm.
Tel: 01379 384593

Pure Organic Foods Ltd
Organic meat delivery service including beef, lamb, pork and chicken.
Aldeburgh IP16 4UB
Tel: 01728 830575

Procters Speciality Sausages
Fine speciality sausages using traditional and innovative recipes
12 The Walk,
Ipswich IP1 1EE.
Tel: 01473 281191


Badgers Smokehouse
Fresh and smoked salmon
1 Rands Road
Lower Layham
Hadleigh IP7 5RW
Tel: 01473 823396

Richardsons Smokehouse
Smoked meat, game and fish. Sausages and fish cakes.
Bakers Lane
Tel: 01394 450103

Butleys Orford Oysterage
Smoked salmon and trout, cods' roe, kippers, bloaters, sprats, mackerel and eels.
Market Hill
Woodbridge IP12 2LH
Tel: 01394 450277


See also the Ipswich Campaign for Real Ale website:

Aspall Cyder
The Cyder House
Aspall Hall
Stowmarket IP14 6PD
Tel: 01728 860510

James White Suffolk Cider
The Suffolk Cider Company Limited
Whites Fruit Farm
Tel: 01473 890111

Shawsgate Cider
Shawsgate Vineyard
Bodingham Road
Tel: 01728 724060


Fruits Of Suffolk
Jams, jellies, traditional pickles, relishes and chutneys including lemon curd.
Mill House
Suffolk IP6 9SZ
Tel: 01449 760397

Suffolk Farmhouse Cheeses
Hand-made curd, soft and semi-hard cheeses made from Guernsey milk.
2 Park Cottages
Shrubland Park
Coddenham IP6 9QN
Tel: 01473 836996

Chocolate Boutique
Over 300 varieties of handmade chocolates.
10/12 Dial Lane,
Ipswich IP1 1DL
Tel: 01473 288206

Garden Of Suffolk Preserves
Traditional hand-made jams, jellies, marmalades and chutneys
Hall Farm Cottage,
Ipswich IP6 9DD.
Tel: 01473 785868




Further Afield - Farm Shops

Assington Farm Shop
Fruit, vegetables and local foods
The Street,
CO10 5LW
Tel: 01787 211610
Off A134 between Colchester and Sudbury. Shop is signed from A134, in village centre.

Easton Farm Park
Open farm with a restaurant and lots to do for all the family.
Tel: 01728 746475

Friday Street Farm Shop
Vegetables, fruit, organic meat, fish, dairy, frozen foods, bread, honey, flowers and crafts.
Pick-your own strawberries and raspberries.

Tel: 01728 602783

Hollow Trees Farm Shop
Fruit, vegetables and herbs, dairy, meat, bread, bakery, preserves, wine, fruit juices, honey, garden centre. National Winner 2001 NFU Farm Shop of the Year.
Hollow Trees
Tel: 01449 741247
From Ipswich take A1071 to Hadleigh. Take A1141 (right). After 2m take a left towards Lavenham (A1141). Farm is 1m on left-hand-side.

Stoke Farm Orchards
Apple juices made on the farm.
Stoke Farm,
Stowmarket IP14 2NA
Tel: 01449 612020

Willow Tree Farm
Fruit and veg, herbs, honey, fruit juice, eggs, cake and ice creams
Tel: 01787 210311