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Discover local food & crafts scene at Lancaster's Midsummer Market

Author: 
Chris Satori

 

Taste seasonally-inspired recipes, meet local food producers, and discover Lancaster’s bubbling local food and crafts scene at Lancaster’s Midsummer Market.

On Friday the 16th June from 10:00-17:00 Lancaster’s market square will be bustling with local food producers, community food projects, music and local craftspeople, as local sustainability organisation LESS hosts Lancaster’s Midsummer Market with the support of Cumberland Building Society.

The market is part of LESS’s ongoing ‘Growing Our Local Food Economy’ (GOLFE) project, and aims to celebrate the midsummer, the diversity of local food and crafts, and bring local farmers and small independent businesses into the heart of Lancaster.

In addition to stalls selling their wares, there will be a local-food themed tombola; seasonally-inspired cooking demonstrations; Lancaster’s Sewing Café will be running a clothes swap; the Faces Behind Our Food art exhibition will be brought outside to share the stories of 12 local food and drink producers (some of whom will be participating in the market); and LESS will be handing out a variety of local food resources including Midsummer recipe cards and community food trail maps.

Pete Moser from More Music will also be entertaining us with food-themed music and local band Folk to Folk will be performing in the afternoon.

Confirmed Midsummer Market stalls include:

  • Biza Baker will bring her range of baked goods that aim to give people the chance to taste something different here in Lancaster without travelling around the world. Her range includes vegan cake, gluten free cookies, different pastries, special heart shaped onion rolls, special sweet buns filled by plum jam or poppy seeds baked with sourdough starter.
  • James Greer, known for his falafel wraps on the Charter Market, will be selling locally made ice-cream
  • The Average Cabbage’s luscious veg seedlings and herb plants will be available
  • The Fig Tree will be talking about and selling its range of locally-made and fairly traded bean-to-bar chocolates
  • Cockerham Boers will be talking about and selling locally-reared  goat meat. (A Boer is a goat variety)
  • Cheesy cheeses will be selling a range of local cheeses
  • Claver Hill food project will be sharing info about their ‘no-dig’ veg, and selling a variety of salad and chutneys and jams
  • The sewing café will be running a clothes swap and skill-share sessions on fixing old clothes (so bring old clothes for mending!).
  • Billy’s Eggs from the Lancaster Charter market will be joining us, offering a range of local and free-range eggs
  • Morecambe’s Creative Exchange will be selling their upcycled and locally crafted goods

Rebecca Gibson, Lancaster’s Branch Manager for the Cumberland Building Society, commented:

“The Cumberland supports the work of community groups that aim to make a real difference and enhance the quality of life for communities across our region, and we are therefore pleased to support  LESS’s Midsummer Market in June 2017.”

Anna Clayton, food project officer at LESS commented:

“Lancaster’s Midsummer Market is a great opportunity to meet local food producers and crafts people and find out about the sorts of food and up-cycled crafts that are available locally. A number of exciting community projects are also attending that present new ways of doing things - from growing veg in a community setting, to running skill-share repair and sewing sessions. I hope for everyone that attends the market to learn at least one new skill or fact.”

To find out more about the Midsummer Market and the Growing Our Local Food Economy project:

 

 

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