Lancaster's seasonal markets
LESS runs four seasonal markets a year that aim to celebrate our surrounding environment and the diversity of produce the different seasons bring. The markets showcase local food & crafts, local community initiatives and bring small local producers into the heart of our city. 2018's markets include a Spring Market (30th March), a Midsummer Market (15th June) Harvest Market (21st September) and Midwinter Market (14th December).
Lancaster Guardian Column
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Local Food Directory - We have created an online searchable directory containing around 200 local producers, retailers and trade suppliers of local food and drink. Please click Here for the directory.
Please contact [email protected] if you would like to be listed or to update your listing in the directory.
Gardener in Residence - If you are a school, business or community organisation and would like support to develop, deliver or manage your outdoor space in a sustainable manner please contact us to discuss opportunities for us to work with you.
Little Book of Local Food & Drink - Click here
We have published a free guide to local food, including:
Please contact [email protected] if you can help to distribute the booklets.
Growing Our Local Food Economy (GOLFE) - This project (2014-2017) was funded by the Esmee Fairbairn Foundation and aimed to strengthen & grow Lancaster's sustainable local food economy. Lancaster's seasonal markets came out of this project, as did the Food Loop Game and LESS's Community Economic Development plan for Lancaster District. The GOLFE project also informed the role of the Sustainable Food City Lancaster coordinator post which started in February 2018. To find out where you can source local and sustainable food in Lancaster District visit LESS's Local Food Directory.
Off the Ground - This project (2009-2013) established a community allotment site on the Ridge estate in Lancaster, and supported residents, schools and community organisations across the district to grow their own food.
Plotting Onwards - We are supporting allotment associations and other community groups across the Lancaster District to develop their food-growing sites and build capacity within their organisations.
Food Mapping - This project involved interviewing local farmers to explore the potential for shortening local food supply chains. A copy of the final report (published in 2012) is available on request from [email protected]
Slow Food Lancaster: Celebrating Local Food Cultures - This project delivered three public food events in 2010/11 celebrating Asian, Eastern European and local Lancashire food, and enabled local community groups to develop their own Slow Food projects - growing, harvesting, cooking and eating homemade food together.