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? Attending the Midwinter Market on the15th 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, this week’s column provides ideas for how you can add a Lancastrian twist to your 2017 celebrations.

First up are vegetables. You can order a box of local and organic veg from Growing with Nature in Pilling (01253790046), 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 and meat-free alternatives, 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 other 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 on the Wednesday and Saturday charter market.

And what is cheese without chutney? Single Step 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 sell 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 offers locally made chocolate bars- available from Single Step.

You can purchase locally brewed beers at Single Step where the Borough Brewery’s award winning beers are now stocked. You could also buy from the Old School Brewery (01524 740888) or the Cross Bay Brewery (0152439481).

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