This festive season why don’t you avoid money leaks (spending with multinational corporations) and support local sustainable farmers, independent food producers and local crafts people? This week’s column highlights how…

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 Attending the Midwinter Market on Friday 13th December from 10:00 –   17:00 in Lancaster’s Central Market square is one easy way to achieve   this challenge. There will be a range of local food and drinks producers,   local woodworkers and crafts people attending, so you could buy all your   essential food items and gifts in one go.


However, if you can’t make the Market, there are still ways to add a Lancastrian twist to your 2019 celebrations.

First up are vegetables.

You can order a box of local and organic veg from Growing with Grace (015242 51723) and they will deliver the veg box straight to your doorstep!

Single Step- a wholefood workers coop located off Penny Street- is also a great place to buy local veg in addition to all your other essential Christmas ingredients. Single Step prioritises sourcing seasonal and local, organic and fairly traded goods. From veg, nut roast ingredients and chocolate, to local alcoholic beverages and local cheeses- Single Step is a must stop shop when preparing a locally sourced Christmas meal. And they now offer deliveries!

Lancaster has a number of local cheese suppliers – too many to list here. However, Leagram Organic Dairy (01995 61532) is recommended as, if you are unable to seek out their cheeses in local shops, you can just order online. Stephenson’s dairy have also produced a local free range cheese which you can purchase from Billy’s eggs stall on the Wednesday and Saturday charter market.

And what is cheese without chutney? Single Step, the Raddish and Filbert’s bakery offer a range of chutneys and preserves. You can also buy chutneys from Lancaster’s charter market on a Wednesday and Saturday.

There are a number of meat producers locally. Why not try Cockerham Boers (07962 812528) free range goat meat for a change?  Or if you want beef, lamb, pork or free range turkeys try Bowland Pork (015242 62827).

Then there’s pudding. Filbert’s bakery on Kings Street sells a range of cakes and festive treats, and Ultimate Plum Pudding Co (01539 733329) make a range of more traditional puddings- including Christmas pudding. The Fig tree also sells its locally made direct trade chocolate bars in Single Step and other outlets around Lancaster.

You can purchase locally brewed beers at Single Step, from the Old School Brewery (01524 740888) or the Cross Bay Brewery (0152439481).

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