We are starting to enter the darker times of year: the shortest day of the year is approaching and with it the skeletal structures of winter and the Midwinter Market…

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On the 14th December from 10:00-17:00 Lancaster’s Midwinter Market will return to Lancaster’s central market square for the third year running; showcasing local food and drink producers, woodworkers, community food projects and local craftspeople. It’s a great chance to source food and ‘sustainable’ gifts for Christmas from small local businesses and community project, supporting our local sustainable food and crafts economy. It also provides the opportunity to meet local farmers and craftspeople directly and celebrate the Midwinter for: What good is the warmth of summer, without the cold of winter to give it sweetness”?

Confirmed stalls so far include: the Fig Tree, who will be selling their range of locally-made and fairly traded bean-to-bar chocolates, including a range of vegan chocolates. Fairtrade gifts will also be brought along.

Claver Hill food project will have ‘no-dig’ winter salads on sale, surplus potatoes, local food themed calendars and locally made chutneys and jams- made from locally grown fruit and veg. All money raised directly supports this great community food project.

Cut the Wrap will also be attending, offering a range of plastic-free goods and gifts. From the Home of Hannah and Reloved at Home will also be selling a range of up-cycled crafts, as will Lancaster’s Sewing Cafe (in addition to running fixing skill shares and a clothes swap).

Cockerham Boers will be talking about and selling locally-reared free range goat meat, and the Old School Brewery will have locally-brewed beer tasters and various gift packs.

Billy’s Eggs, a solid supporter of LESS’s seasonal markets, will have a range of local and free-range eggs, honey, free range cheese and preserves on sale.

Logs Direct will be taking orders for fire wood, including a range of ‘eco logs’. And the Woodland Trust will be handing out information about their work protecting and regenerating British woodlands, including how you can get involved.

James Greer will be serving his infamous falafel wraps, and Dal Florinto will bring a taste of Italy to the streets of Lancaster.

We are also hopeful that the Coppice Coop and Owen Jones will join us for the third year running; demonstrating green woodwork techniques and selling green-wood crafts made from locally-sourced wood.

We are still seeking stalls, street demos and musicians to entertain, so please email anna@lessuk.org if interested in join us at Lancaster’s Midwinter Market.


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