Archive for Fakenham Market

Benbows Fruit & Vegetables

benbows-fruit-vegDenise and Carol run the colourful Benbows Fruit and Vegetable stall in the Upper Market, close to Betfreds.

Where are you from?
Holt.

How long have you been at Fakenham Market?
15 – 20 years.

What are your opening times here?
7am – 2.30pm.

What other markets do you attend?
Sheringham Saturday Market.

What led you to running this stall?
Nigel who runs Benbows shop, told me his father was a grower, and it has been a family business for 45 – 50 years. They have been running their Fakenham shop about 30 years.

What do you like about coming to Fakenham Market?
We love it. We like Fakenham as a town. The people are friendly. We look forward to coming here on a Thursday.

What do you sell ?
Fruit and vegetables – local grown wherever possible. We have Sharrington strawberries in season, and also free range eggs.

Interview by Dawn Wakefield

PPS Pet Supplies

pps-pet-suppliesSarah runs her well stocked PPS Pet Supplies stall in the market area just off Cattle Market Street.

Where are you from?
Foxley.

How long have you been at Fakenham Market?
The stall has been here over 30 years, I took it over about 15 – 20 years ago.

What are your opening times here?
7am – about 2.30pm, sometimes earlier in bad weather.

What other markets do you attend?
Aylsham (Monday& Friday), Sheringham (Wednesday & Saturday).

What led you to running this stall?
I don’t know really! I used to run the pet shop in Fakenham years ago and somehow ended up out here!

What do you like about coming to Fakenham Market?
I have regular customers every week. It’s just like a big family – we all get on well.

What do you sell ?
Wild bird products – food and feeders, pigs ears, biscuits, chicken feet, lots of natural treats for dogs. Also a larger selection of pet bedding, accessories such as collars and leads and also local fresh eggs!

Interview by Dawn Wakefield

Sala Seafoods

sala-seafoodsSala Seafoods van run by a father and daughter team is to be found just outside the entrance to the auction rooms, off Cattle Market Street. His son has not gone into fishing, but the family tradition looks set to continue as his young grandson regularly goes out in the boat with him; he is keen to be a fisherman when he leaves school, and is already very skilled and neat working with knots, and making pots.

Where are you from?
Holt.

How long have you been at Fakenham Market? s
About 9 years.

What are your opening times here?
7am until sold out (usually 12 – 1pm)

What other markets do you attend?
None.

What led you to running this stall?
I am a crab fisherman, fishing out from Overstrand, My family have been seafarers for hundreds of years, and my grandfather was a lighthouse keeper. I sell what I catch, which is quite a rarity now.

What do you like about coming to Fakenham Market?
I like meeting the people. We have a nice regular base of customers who come every week.

What do you sell ?
Shellfish – cockles, prawns, crabs, lobster and samphire when in season.

Interview by Dawn Wakefield

Neil Cook Fresh Fish

neil-cook-fresh-fishNeil Cook runs his Fresh Fish stall from his van on the far side of the market area in front of Argos, on the edge of White Horse Street.

Where are you from?
Lowestoft.

How long have you been at Fakenham Market?
My Dad was here for 35 years and then I took over 6 years ago.

What are your opening times here?
7.30am – 12.30pm

What other markets do you attend?
None. I do rounds in Suffolk villages on Wednesday and Friday.

What led you to running this stall?
I used to be a ceramic tiler for 19 years, then when Dad retired, I took this over.

What do you like about coming to Fakenham Market?
Friendly people, very polite and helpful. Generally a nice place.

What do you sell ?
Fresh fish – salmon, skate, dressed crabs, plaice, herrings, kippers, cod, haddock, smoked haddock, mackerel, sea bass, monkfish, halibut, and hot smoked salmon.

Interview by Dawn Wakefield

Tony’s Discount Stall

tonys-discountTony’s Discount stall is a longstanding popular destination for market shoppers, whether it be looking for bargain priced foods for everyday use or reduced boxes of chocolates for Christmas. You can always hear Tony calling out his wares from his stall just outside HSBC bank.

Where are you from?
Norwich.

How long have you been at Fakenham Market?
About 38 years.

What are your opening times here?
7.30am – 2pm.

What other markets do you attend?
Diss, Aylsham, Bury St Edmunds, North Walsham, and Wymondham.

What led you to running this stall?
I started when I was 18 – 20 years old and had always wanted to do this. It’s a hard job but I love it.

What do you like about coming to Fakenham Market?
The people are lovely. Personally I think it could do with more free parking – it would help the market.

What do you sell ?
All kinds of food products – cake, nuts, pasta, cheese, biscuits, coffee, meat and more.

Interview by Dawn Wakefield

Clothing Stall

clothing-stallHamish runs his colourful and extensive ladies and gents clothing stall in the Market Place along the side of Boots.

Where are you from?
Littleport.

How long have you been at Fakenham Market?
15 or 20 years.

What are your opening times here?
7.30am – 2.30pm.

What other markets do you attend?
Kings Lynn, Swaffham, Hunstanton (Sunday) and Sheringham (Wednesday).

What led you to running this stall?
My brother was running a stall and in 1975 I started running a stall!

What do you like about coming to Fakenham Market?
It’s quite busy and trade goes up in summer with the holiday-makers. The customers are friendly and the Town Council are very supportive here.

What do you sell ?
Italian fashions, men’s T- shirts, jackets, coats, dresses, cardigans, skirts and tops.