Wyken Market: Where to Find Raw Milk (and Other Country Pleasures) in Suffolk

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I had been having a serious craving all week for raw cream. Maybe it was all of the ice cream I’d been making (recipes coming soon, I promise!) or just that extra richness winter makes us long for. In any case, I knew where to find it. There are not a lot of places to buy raw dairy products here, but they are available, high-quality, and affordable if you know where to find them.
The first time we bought raw milk here, it was almost by accident– we found a raw milk stand on a country drive— but they don’t sell cream. We had visited a farmer’s market once, on a rainy day, and found a woman selling raw jersey cream. That was what we needed on Saturday, so we went to Wyken Vineyard’s Saturday market. It’s smaller than our market in Bury St. Edmunds, but the vendors are more specialized, and the property is just beautiful, so it’s a great way to see something beautiful, do something interesting, and take care of a weekly shopping trip.The vendors set up shop in an old stable. So charming, right? I love that the gentleman below on the right is just reading by lamplight as he waits for customers.And here is the vendor we were looking for– The Domini Dairy. All of the whole milk was spoken for (I am glad to hear that there is a high demand for it!) but there was plenty of double cream for me. I bought three pints.I also picked up some local apple juice. This variety tasted a lot like pears, and had a really pleasant tartness. I already put it into carboy, with my own wild cider culture (the one I used to make a wild blackberry cider with in the fall.)I met a gentleman who was selling all kinds of Spanish cured meats– jamon, morcilla, chorizo, and more. I chatted with him for a while, tasted everything, bought plenty, and learned that although he is a ferrier by trade, he has a real passion for Spanish meats. The ones he sells at the market are imported from Spain, but he actually makes his own. He raises his own rare-breed pigs, butchers them and cures his own meats.

With all of our shopping done,  we put our wonderful wares in our car and walked around the property.
There was this:Can you believe it? Lots of peafowl traipsing across the property, matching the houses. I loved all of the buildings! I’m still trying to figure out how I can move my family into one of these…Back at the main entrance, we did a little shopping.I love that they carry all of the natural and old-fashioned functional household items, including weck jars, which I love. I bought some natural scrubbing brushes. And there was a cozy book corner and a bar with local (very local!) brews to keep Jeff and Amelia happy.For me, no country outing is really complete until there is some animal interaction.That’s right– llamas! And Red Poll cattle, sheep, and horses.Something I really, really love about the country here is that it’s pretty normal for people to be able to hang out with animals. You can walk into their enclosures and share public lands with them. We were going to check out the woodland walk to the vineyard, but it was all just deep mud. Next time! We were more happy to just be part of the pastoral scene, really.Oh, England, you spoil me so!So, now you know where to find raw milk in Suffolk. Also, total country bliss. I know that many people have to jump through a lot of hoops to get raw milk. This is what I have to put up with! And guess what? It’s going to be lambing season soon! I. Can’t. Wait.

Is there anything you love to eat that you have to make an effort to get your hands on?

 

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35 Responses to Wyken Market: Where to Find Raw Milk (and Other Country Pleasures) in Suffolk

  1. Gretchen February 11, 2013 at 5:43 pm #

    Seriously. Idyllic. The peacocks?? What in the world! By the way, good job asking and I can’t wait to see and hear about your spanish meat adventure! =)

    • Ariana Mullins February 12, 2013 at 12:28 pm #

      I know, it’s almost ridiculously idyllic, right? I am waiting with bated breath to hear back about the meat curing!

  2. Anonymous February 11, 2013 at 6:05 pm #

    One thing (of many) that impressed me when visiting Germany is that you can walk just about anywhere you like as long as you are careful not to trample crops or frighten farm animals. It sounds like England is like that too. Unlike here in the US where you invite getting shot at and accused of trespassing if you wander onto private property…..Lovely, lovely pictures Ariana. ~Sherry

    • Ariana Mullins February 12, 2013 at 12:29 pm #

      Yes, I think it must be the same here and in Germany– there is a strong awareness of respecting the landscape and the animals, yet lots of freedom. It seem a shame that many of the most beautiful places in the US are carefully guarded in that way. So glad you enjoyed these photos, Sherry!

  3. Heleen Quantrill February 11, 2013 at 8:15 pm #

    We’re off to the UK this Friday coming, but i dont think we’ll be able to make it to Wycken (i’ll ask my husband though!). It looks gorgeous! I think Suffolk is very much underrated really. Enjoy your wares!

    Heleen

    • Ariana Mullins February 12, 2013 at 12:30 pm #

      Heleen, where will you be? If you don’t have it all planned out yet and are looking for some suggestions, please drop me a line!

    • Heleen Quantrill February 17, 2013 at 6:37 pm #

      Hi Ariana,

      Well we’re here now: Kessingland, and it looks like we can fit in a trip to Wyken, Orford and some other places in the area! Not on saturday tho, we’re leaving this friday coming. Any suggestions for that area? It’s usually checking out castles and churches as that;s what the in-laws like and i dont know anything else in the area 😉

      Thanks!

    • Ariana Mullins February 18, 2013 at 9:56 am #

      Heleen, south of Kessingland is Felixstowe Ferry, which is a really pretty estuary and fishing village. I think you can take boat tours there. Here is a post about our visit (the second half)– https://and-here-we-are.blogspot.co.uk/2012/07/felixstowe-beaches-something-for.html

      There are other really nice beaches closer to you, Aldeburgh, Walberswick, Southwold… Of course, not the best time of year– but still beautiful.

      In Orford, be sure to go to The Crown and Castle pub– we have been told by locals that it’s really the best food around. We arrived just as they were closing two weeks ago. On your day in Orford, you should definitely stop at Snape Maltings, just 10 minutes away– here is a post about our recent visit there– https://and-here-we-are.blogspot.co.uk/2013/02/snape-maltings-sweet-place-to-browse.html

      One more spot that’s in the general area– the Butt & Oyster pub, in Pin Mill. The pub is right on the River Orr, and the food is actually very good! The views are wonderful, and it’s a great place to be whether it’s stormy or sunny.

      Have fun!

  4. Bonnie Rose February 11, 2013 at 8:17 pm #

    I need to find something like that here in Bath. I just adore your photos!

    x
    Bonnie Rose
    The Compass Rose

  5. Robin February 11, 2013 at 11:16 pm #

    Oh marvelous!! What a wonderful day that was

  6. Great Aunt Gretchen February 12, 2013 at 4:58 am #

    What a wonderful day! LOVE the picture of the large tree with the grass, cows in pasture. It could be framed!

    • Ariana Mullins February 12, 2013 at 12:36 pm #

      I was enjoying a glass of something sparkling, and I had to run outside to take that picture before the sun or the cow moved. So idyllic!

  7. Hazel February 12, 2013 at 7:44 am #

    I do love that they painted the house to match the peacocks (or bought the peacocks because they matched the house!)

    Raw milk is hard to find round here too. My brother lives in Eastbourne and I have been known to bring some back from a shop there when we visit.

    I live in a small village (about 200 houses) and we have a very basic monthly market but I’m lucky in that the nearby village with doctors, school etc has a fabulous monthly market. There are a lot of escapees from London there, and we’re close enough to the Cotswolds to benefit from some of their food revolution, so that market does attract all sorts of interesting stalls, but unfortunately not raw milk.

    Clearly the answer is for me to get some sheep!! I keep telling my husband that. My real love is goats, but sheeps milk is a bit less distinctive in taste. And they don’t spend all day trying to get out of their field. So I’d have these https://www.zwartbles.org/ (And of course I’d also find time to learn to spin the fleeces and the knit with them…)

    • Ariana Mullins February 12, 2013 at 12:41 pm #

      Hazel, I just did a little search for you, and you’re right! I couldn’t find anything near Oxford. We have more than one source, and I am now realizing that we are incredibly lucky in this regard. Suffolk is pretty awesome, I have to say! Have you tried asking your local WAPF chapter about it? They would be in the know, for sure.

      And yes, you should absolutely get some sheep! Those you linked to are gorgeous!! I have a hard time with goat’s milk (even the cheese) and do a little better with sheep’s. Plus the fiber… So that would be really cool. I did own a goat when I was a child, and she was SO sweet and not much trouble at all. But I know that most goats just spend all day trying to figure out how to get our of their enclosures and eat anything that might be precious.

    • Ariana Mullins February 12, 2013 at 12:44 pm #

      Hazel, I just realized that this site has two dairies that offer delivery of raw milk products anywhere in the UK. Just scroll down below the map: https://www.naturalfoodfinder.co.uk/unpasteurised-raw-milk-uk

    • Hazel February 12, 2013 at 9:01 pm #

      Thank you! I just had a look and one of them is the dairy near my brother!
      I would like to find something nearer, but in the meantime I’ll look into delivery.

  8. Anonymous February 12, 2013 at 10:50 am #

    I came across your wonderful blog a few months back and has been enjoying reading it ever since. I love this post very much . I simply love England ,its countryside and villages very much. I used to live in Norwich and Leeds in the late 70’s and early 80’s. Thank you very much for bringing me back to this beautiful country through your blog. Thank you for sharing and I look forward to more wonderful entries. May God bless you and your family.

    Lina
    Kuala Lumpur ,Malaysia

    • Ariana Mullins February 12, 2013 at 12:42 pm #

      Hi Lina, it’s wonderful to hear from you, and thanks for introducing yourself! So glad that you can enjoy England again through our explorations. I love sharing these discoveries, and having people like you who love to come along seriously makes it 10x more fun for me!

  9. Caterina B February 12, 2013 at 7:36 pm #

    Oh, Oh, Oh! That photo of the pink house with the brilliant peacocks….and the green, green pastures with the animals grazing….they took my breath away!
    What fabulous photos! All those simple pleasures are at your fingertips there in England. You are so fortunate.
    I would love to walk in green pastures with animals. Here in Colorado the pastures are covered in snow right now.

    • Ariana Mullins March 25, 2013 at 5:18 pm #

      So glad you enjoyed these photos, Caterina! I am late to reply, but maybe you’ll feel better knowing that we are blanketed in snow once again. I agree with you, though, that we are absolutely spoiled by the country pleasures so readily available to us here.

  10. Anonymous February 13, 2013 at 1:16 am #

    Oh my goodness this is gorgeous! I couldn’t imagine a more perfect day.
    Julie

  11. Joanna February 13, 2013 at 7:57 pm #

    That food looks wonderful and I love quaint English houses, never tire of seeing them. Have to say though I think your two rather elegant friends are llamas not alpacas. Alpacas are shorter and have more fleece around their necks and heads, we have three, you can see some pictures of some of our boys here https://thejourneytosomewhere.blogspot.com/2013/01/we-have-horse.html. We hope to get some lady friends for them later on this year or perhaps next year, not sure yet.

    • Ariana Mullins March 25, 2013 at 5:20 pm #

      You are absolutely right about the llamas– I changed it! I hope your gents can get some lady friends soon. 🙂

  12. Lorraine March 2, 2013 at 3:35 pm #

    Ah, all these gorgeous pictures and descriptions make me want to hop on over to England! I’m blogging from your old neck of the woods here in Oregon. I’m so glad I found your blog through Small Footprint Fridays–thanks for sharing your adventure. I’m looking forward to following your Spanish meats education–my husband is half Spanish, and we adore the chorizo we find here at the Portland farmers’ market.

    • Ariana Mullins March 25, 2013 at 5:22 pm #

      I’m glad you found us too, Lorraine! Say hello to Portland for me. I miss the wonderful coffee (at Spella, in particular!)

  13. Susan Gaines March 26, 2013 at 6:46 pm #

    Ariana,

    I’ve had a friend recommend/even urge me to follow blogs she was convinced I’d enjoy but I haven’t been motivated to do so, even after peeking at some. I guess I stumbled upon yours via Gretchen or Luanne, don’t really recall. Your blog is such a pleasurable and satisfyingly multi-sensory place to visit. You, your family, daily lifestyle, surroundings, adventures, writing, and the sheer beauty captures me. Thank you!

  14. Lori Hovell January 28, 2014 at 5:35 pm #

    Ariana,
    I am so envious of your photos. I lived at Wyken for 3 years and it became a part of who I am. You have captured it beautifully! Carla sent me a link to your page, and hope to follow as you enjoy England. It always felt like home to me, and I miss it every day! Enjoy and thank you for sharing for those of us who aren’t close!
    Lori

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