Over the next week there are some great local food and craft events.

Middlewood Trust near Wray is running a hedgerow basket weaving course this weekend: http://s.coop/26dpt This two-day beginner’s basket making course will teach you to make a basket based on the English Round Base and you will walk home with your own creation and enough knowledge to try another one at home. For more information, or to book a place, please email middlewoodtrust@phonecoop.coop or phone 015242 22445

The Faces Behind Our Food

This Sunday 10th June from 11am- 3pm Cockerham Boers is opening up its farm to the public as part of a national event aimed at supporting people in meeting local food producers. You can meet Cockerham Boers’ goats and the family behind the business. For more information see: http://www.goat-meat.co.uk/ofs.html

On Thursday 14th June Sustainable Food City (SFC) Lancaster is holding a ‘REFRESH event’ at Lancaster Town Hall. The event aims to reflect on SFC Lancaster’s journey so far in order to plan for the city’s sustainable and fair food future. In doing so it aims to connect people across sectors to identify needs and prioritise areas of work across six key themes:

1.FOOD ACCESS: Tackling food poverty, diet-related ill-health and access to affordable healthy food.

2. FOOD ECONOMY: Promoting a vibrant and diverse sustainable food economy.

3.FOOD & HEALTH: Promoting healthy and sustainable food to the public.

4.FOOD SKILLS: Building community food knowledge, skills, resources and projects.

5.FOOD PROVISION: Transforming catering and food procurement.

6.FOOD & ENVIRONMENT: Reducing waste and the ecological footprint of the food system.

Outcomes from the event will feed into a holistic food strategy for the city which aims to make sustainable food a defining feature of Lancaster.

poster SUMMEROn Friday 15th June from 10:00am the Midsummer Market will return to Lancaster’s central market square for its third year. New stalls will be appearing including Scent (locally made paraben free soaps) and Wildflower weavers (sustainable fibres and clothes), alongside regulars: the Fig Tree, Cockerham Boers, Filbert’s Bakery, Claver Hill community farm, River Village Foods, Billy’s Eggs, Sicily Gusto, La Petite Crepes, the Average Cabbage, the Woodland Trust etc.

The market is organised by LESS as part of its Sustainable Food City work, and aims to celebrate the midsummer and bring local farmers and small independent businesses into the heart of Lancaster. In addition to stalls selling their wares, there will be live music; Lancaster’s Sewing Café will be running a clothes swap and skill-share sessions on how to fix old clothes; and LESS will be handing out local food resources including midsummer recipes and community food maps.

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