On Friday the 7th April from 10:00-17:00 Lancaster’s market square will be bustling with local food producers, community food projects and local craftspeople, as LESS hosts Lancaster’s first Spring Market- completing one year of seasonal markets.
The market is part of LESS’s ongoing ‘Growing Our Local Food Economy’ project, and aims to celebrate the spring and the start of the growing, and brings local farmers and small independent businesses into the heart of Lancaster.
In addition to stalls selling their wares, Lancaster’s Sewing Café will be running skill-share sessions on how to fix old clothes, the Faces Behind Our Food art exhibition will be brought outside to share the stories of 12 local food and drink producers (some of which will be participating in the market), and LESS will be handing out a variety of local food resources including seasonal local food calendars. A Euro dance performance will also happen from 2pm.
Confirmed Spring Market stalls include:
- The People’sCafé, who will be cooking up seasonally-inspired meals on a pay-as-you feel basis
- The Average Cabbage will sell vegetable seedlings and herbs
- Lancaster’s seed library will be running a seed swap and selling organic seed potatoes at cost price
- The Borough Brewery will be selling their locally brewed and award winning beers
- The Fig Tree will be talking about and selling its range of locally-made and fairly traded bean-to-bar chocolates.
- James Greer will be cooking up his infamous falafel wraps
- Cockerham Boers will be talking about and selling locally-reared goat meat
- Claver Hill food project will be sharing info about their ‘no-dig’ veg, and selling locally made chutneys and jams.
- 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.
- Firebird catering will be making seasonally-inspired wood-fired pizzas.
- Old School brewery will be offering tasters of their beers and will be selling various goodies
- Cheesy cheeses will be selling locally made cheeses
- The Land Workers’ Alliance and the Woodland Trust will also be attending to share information about their valuable work.
Lancaster’s Spring therefore offers a great opportunity to meet local food producers and to find out about the sorts of food, drink and crafts that are available locally. A number of exciting community projects are also attending that present new ways of doing things – from offering food on a pay-as-you feel basis and 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 Spring Market join the event’s Facebook Page.