MID-SUMMER market A4 poster 2019-page-001Sustainable Food City Lancaster (now known as FoodFutures) is excited to announce 2019’s seasonal market dates. On Friday 21 June (next week) the Midsummer Market will return to Lancaster’s Central Market Square to celebrate the summer solstice with locally grown sustainable food and drink, live music and locally made crafts. A Harvest Market will celebrate the season’s bounty on Sunday 22 September as part of the The Lost Art of Living health festival, and Lancaster’s Midwinter Market is penciled in for the 13th December.

These 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. As such, the more people that attend them, support them and give honest feedback, the better they will become.

Confirmed stalls for next week’s Midsummer Market include:

Claver Hill community food project. Claver will be sharing information about organically grown ‘no-dig’ veg, and selling a variety of no-dig 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 range of vegan chocolate.

Sunny Orchard Farm will be attending for the first time, selling a range of Organic duck eggs, loose herb teas, cordials, jams and apple sauce. Other newcomers include Little Blue Hen Soap who will be selling vegan soaps and skin products and Cat and Mouse Cheeses.

Cut the Wrap will be attending to offer plastic-free living advice and a range of plastic- free wares and refills to support this. Cockerham Boers locally-reared goat meat and preserves will also be available.

Deborah Finn from the Food Poverty Action Group will attend to share information about a new local food depot that plans to collect and distribute surplus food to the local food club network. If you want to learn more about the local community response to tackling food poverty, Deborah is the perfect person to talk to!

To support us in celebrating the midsummer and the longest day of the year, several local musicians will also play, alongside community group Folk to Folk who will offer a couple of dances.

All in all its looks set to be another friendly community market. We hope to see lots of you there!

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