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Market trader: Dan Sculpher
Market trader: Dan Sculpher
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Dan Sculpher is a new face at Bury St Edmunds’ market, and is already enjoying building relationships with his regular customers.

Dan, 35, took over Stonefield Eggs in July and is proud to be selling fresh duck and chicken eggs from his stall, in the Buttermarket.

He said: “I love being outside, I’m quite happy being outside whatever the weather.

“I like talking to people, getting on with people, it’s a friendly place Bury.”

The majority of his customers are regulars who arrive on the same day each week.

“Most of them come back and like to see the same face. The nicest thing about being here is the customers they are really nice people.”

Dan said his customers return week after week to purchase his eggs because they are so fresh.

On the cold Wednesday afternoon I visited his stall his free-range eggs had been laid, locally, no more than three days previously.

He insists the difference this makes is all in the taste.

“I can taste the difference, people say they can taste the difference.

“People say they only buy here because they know how fresh they are - a lot of people say they are the nicest eggs they have ever tasted.” He said.

As people become more conscious of the origins of the food they eat and the distance it has travelled Dan thinks businesses such as his, where people can purchase six medium eggs brought from the farm to the stall that morning for £1.10, have a future.

His sales seem to confirm his belief in both his product and the future of his business, when I arrived at the stall at 2.30pm he was close to selling out of both chicken and duck eggs, which he says is a regular occurrence.

Dan is normally joined at the stall by Paul Stone who sells locally reared meats as well as a selection of home-made pork products.

Before deciding to take on his pitch, outside Edinburgh Woollen Mill, and become a regular Wednesday and Saturday trader Dan visited the market with the stalls previous owner.

He said he has found the market as he expected it and is pleased with the number of visitors his stall receives, particularly on a Saturday,

Dan may not mind braving the weather but it seems that during the recent cold snap many of his customers did, however he said as the weather has improved his sales have bounced back as people rushed to stock up on the essential egg.