Lancaster’s Spring Market may now have passed, but the wintery weather is still hanging around.
A couple of local growers had to withdraw from attending Lancaster’s Spring Market as they did not have enough locally grown produce – due to the slow onset of the growing season. (Their spring flowers and vegetable seedlings had not grown big enough to sell). Let’s hope for warmer weather so more local growers can attend Lancaster’s Midsummer Market on the 15th June!
Despite the lack of vegetables and flowers, the Spring Market had a diversity of stalls, music and great conversations. The North West rep for the National Farmers Union met the North West rep for the Landworkers’ Alliance for the first time. The Canal Corridor Action Group collected peoples’ ideas for the canal corridor developments (independent food retailers and a food hub being some of them). Lancaster’s sewing café ran a clothes swap and sewing skill share sessions. Locally grown seeds were swapped and local bread, cheese, eggs, cakes, meat, jam, chutney, honey, and locally made chocolate were sold. A Fairtrade Easter egg hunt snaked around the market, and the day ended with Chinese folk music- courtesy of a market attendee who was inspired by the other musicians playing throughout the day.
At the end of each seasonal market I always come away reflecting on the importance of bringing people together. A market is much more than the selling of produce: friendships are developed, a community spirit is nurtured, understanding is developed between producers and local residents and customers, knowledge and contacts are exchanged. How can we build on this further? You can send ideas and thoughts to [email protected]
At Claver Hill community food project, despite the cold start to the growing season, the early potatoes are now planted and the first little seedlings have been moved from the polytunnel and planted outside. A beautiful mixed bed of peas, spring onions and mixed salad leaves was planted this past weekend. Broad beans have also been sown outside and the rhubarb is growing strong.
Hawthorn and blackcurrant flowers and cherry blossom are now starting to appear, and the buds on the apple trees in Fairfield community orchard look as if they may start opening soon. Bumble bees have also started to bumble around.
Wild garlic is now covering the banks of the River Lune- particularly around the Halton area. So far we have made wild garlic pesto, garlicy salads and wild garlic guacamole! How do you use wild garlic? Send recipes and ideas to [email protected]