On Sunday 22nd September from 10:00-17:00 Lancaster’s market square will be bustling with local food producers, community food projects, music and local craftspeople, as Lancaster’s Health Festival hosts a Harvest Market in collaboration with LESS and FoodFutures (Lancaster’s award winning Sustainable Food City network).
Tieing in with the Health Festival’s ‘food theme’, the market aims to build connections between local residents, local farmers and tasty, healthy food. It aims to celebrate the harvest, the bounty and diversity of local food and crafts, and bring local farmers and small independent businesses into the heart of Lancaster.
To support us in celebrating, we will be joined by a variety of street performers and local musicians- including a samba band- who will perform throughout the day. Lancaster Hospital’s chefs will run cooking demonstrations using locally grown ingredients, and will hand out local food tasters and recipe cards. And Graft- a local arts project- will be running sustainability themed arts activities.
Confirmed Harvest Market stalls include:
- Claver Hill food project will be sharing info about their ‘no-dig’ veg, and selling a variety of no-dig veg, salads, herbs, chutneys and jams.
- The Fig Tree will be talking about and selling its range of locally-made and fairly traded bean-to-bar chocolates, including a variety of excellent vegan options.
- Filbert’s Bakery will be selling their ‘real’ bread.
- Cockerham Boers will be talking about and selling locally-reared goat meat, duck eggs and preserves.
- Sunny Orchard Farm will be attending for the second time, selling a range of organic duck eggs, loose herb teas, cordials, jams and apple sauce.
- Little Blue Hen Soap will be selling vegan soaps and skin products and Cat and Mouse Cheeses will offer a range of – guess what- cheese!
- Cut the Wrap will be attending to offer plastic-free living advice and a range of plastic- free wares and refills to support this.
Charter market regulars Veg Out, Billy’s Eggs and Paul’s Pancakes will be joining us alongside the Woodland Trust and newcomer Smoked BBQ.
LESS’s seasonal markets aim to create a space for local residents to meet local food producers and crafts people – to find out about the sorts of food and up-cycled crafts that are available locally. Community projects also attend that present new ways of doing things – from growing veg in a community setting, to running skill-share sessions and selling food on a pay-as-you-can basis. The markets form part of FoodFutures wider work in developing and implementing a sustainable food strategy for Lancaster District.