If you want to avoid the supermarkets this Christmas, why not create a festive feast of locally-sourced and sustainable goods? To inspire ideas and highlight just how easy this local food challenge can be, I’ve created a short list of local food and drink producers in this week’s column to add a Lancastrian twist to your 2016 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! You can also buy their goods and a range of other local food items from the Lancaster Food Assembly. Just visit the website thefoodassembly.com, join the local assembly, place your order online and pick it up from the White Cross pub in Lancaster on a Wednesday evening- easy! If you don’t fancy going to pick it up, the Food Assembly will now deliver your order for a small cost.
Single Step- a wholefood shop 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.
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.
And what is cheese without chutney? Single Step and Filbert’s bakery offer a range of chutneys and preserves. You can also buy chutney and chilli sauces at the Midwinter Market this Friday (16th) in Lancaster Market Square as Claver Hill community food project and Magma Sauces (07534 100584) will both be there.
There are a number of meat producers locally. If you want beef, lamb, pork or free range turkeys try Bowland Pork (015242 62827), or why not try Cockerham Boers (07962 812528) free range goat meat for a change?
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).