midsummer market photoLast Friday Lancaster’s market square was full of local food producers, bakers, community projects and other small local businesses – all committed to producing food and wood products in a sustainable and ethical manner. Not only was great food on offer, but the market was colourful and authentic. I am sure market attendees would agree with me in saying that the Midsummer’s Market had a wonderfully calm and friendly atmosphere, and that Lancaster would benefit from more seasonal markets.

It was also great to catch up and learn the stories of all the stallholders and meet passers-by. If you attended, we would love to hear your thoughts on the day. You can email your thoughts to food@lessuk.org

Highlights of the day for me include: Growing with Grace and Growing with Nature showcasing their range of beautiful organic vegetables, and the Average Cabbage’s stall which was bustling all day with people buying vegetable and herb seedlings and fruit bushes. Cockerham Boers nearly sold out of their goat meat and the Fig Tree made many useful contacts throughout the day, in addition to enticing customers with their locally made and fairly traded bean-to-bar chocolate (now available to buy in Single Step).

The Lancaster Seed Library handed out wildflower seeds to keen gardeners, and the sewing café was busy throughout the day with people learning how to mend their clothes- to make them last longer. Claver Hill community food project made useful contacts and sold a lot of their veg and preserves, and the Food Assembly had a tasty vegan flapjack on offer.

Silent Forest Creations exhibited their range of beautiful wooden bowls and products, and Filberts left the market happy knowing that their bread sold well on the market (they are now considering attending future charter markets).

The People’s Café was busy throughout the day. One table placed outside the stall encouraged different groups of people to sit together and chat. Cooking demonstrations from one o’clock onwards provided unusual tasty treats for people to try- including goat meat kebabs and vegetable patties.

Billy’s Eggs was the first to set up and last to leave the market and Shirley’s Pies were enormous!

But the thing that made the day really special was how everyone supported each other. Different teams of people helped set up and take down each stall’s gazebo. The sewing café helped create the Midsummer Market banner (thank you). And Steve from Claver Hill was driving sewing machines and vegetables and seedlings all over Lancaster!

I now can’t wait for the Harvest Market on Monday 29th August.

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