In this week’s column I write about some of the local food businesses attending Lancaster’s Harvest Market on Friday 1st September 2017 in Lancaster’s Market Square…
Claver Hill Community Food Project has been busy this season turning its summer glut of fruit and vegetables into chutneys, jams and pickles. They will be therefore be attendingthe Harvest Market with a range of preserves and no-dig vegetables.
Some of the Faces Behind Our Food exhibition’s other producers will also be attending, including Filberts Bakery, the Fig Tree’s bean to bar fairly traded chocolate bars, Cockerham Boers and Billy’s Eggs (who will also be selling Stephenson Dairy’s Free Range dairy products). You can find out more about the stories of these local food producer’s by viewing the Faces Behind Our Food exhibition online at: www.foodfutures.org.uk/the-faces-behind-our-food/
Bowland Smokehouse will also be joining us. They produce a range of traditional, hand smoked fish, game and meats, with most of its produce being sourced locally. Its trout comes from the fish farm that the smokehouse is located upon for example. And every product is processed by hand. They are based in Dunsop Bridge, just the other side of the Trough of Bowland from Lancaster. Outside of the Harvest Market you can buy their smoked goods from local retailers including Chipping Farm Shop, Holmes Mill in Clitheroe, and Olivers Fish on Clitheroe Market. Their goods are also available online at www.bowlandsmokehouse.co.uk.
Simply Country and Co will also be attending the market with its range of local cheeses. They will be sharing a stall with My Puds – an exciting young local food business. My Pud’s Michael William Billington has developed a range of desserts and puddings. A lot of his fruit based desserts are made from wild fruit collected locally by Michael – including Rowan and elderberries.
Firebell will also be attending to cook up wood fired pizzas using seasonal and local ingredients. They will be accompanied by Logs Direct who supplies them with their seasoned fire wood. Logs Direct is a local, family based company which has established itself as a National supplier of Winter fuel products. I asked them why they are attending the Harvest Market and Steven Talbot, Director of Logs Direct commented: “We try to involve the local area in our business and will be offering promotions with special discounts on the day. The Harvest Market for us is very important to gain feedback on our products and to offer local, friendly advice on any queries members of the public may have.”