Lewes Food Market: good for you and the planet
PUBLISHED: 08:33 30 October 2010 | UPDATED: 18:05 20 February 2013
Shoppers now have another destination for good, fresh local food
Lewes Food Market aims to offer shoppers in the town an alternative to food that has travelled many, many miles from producer to plate. But its organisers want to encourage people to use it because of the quality of the food on offer, not just because it is good for the planet.
The Market is run by the snappily titled Lewes Local Community Interest Company, a not for profit organisation, which has a five year lease on three days a week at the Market Tower in Market Street.
Currently it runs the food market on Friday mornings. It deliberately runs on Fridays so as not to clash with the established Farmers Market in the town on the first Saturday of the month.
The Tower has a history as a market as it was for many years a WI produce market until that closed in 1993.
Now it hosts 18 stalls with a variety of produce. Some stallholders are there every week, others rotate on a regular basis. You can buy everything from fresh organic vegetables to bread, pies, honey, fruit and even gluten-free cakes.
The Market aims to sell produce from Lewes and its surrounds up to a distance of 30 miles. Every week there is a map on the wall to show how far the stallholders have travelled to bring the food.
What the stallholders say
Maggie Harvey, Barcombe Nurseries, Barcombe. Organic produce
There is a nice buzz about this market.
Vic Haimes, Nut Knowle Farm, Horam. Goats cheese
Its got its own little niche and its appealing.
Barbara McCloud, Posh Pie Company, Bay Tree Farm, Polegate. Pies
Its got a fantastic feeling. Its a real market. There are a lot of people who come here that dont go as far as the farmers market.
Editors note: The Steak and Guinness pie was really good, even cold. You could definitely taste the stout!
Steph Palmer, Stephs Free From Cakes, Lewes. Dairy-free, gluten-free and wheat-free cakes
A lot of people buy my cakes that dont have any food intolerance. I like the atmosphere here. There are already a lot of regulars that come.
Rachel Clark, Flint Owl Bakery, Glynde. Organic bread
Its a terrific market. It has a very nice atmosphere.
Guillermo de las Heras, Brambletye fruit farm, Forest Row. Biodynamic produce
Its a small market and its very nice. Weve been coming five weeks.
Owen Postgate, Pleasant Bakery, Lewes. Cakes, bread, pastries, pizza
Its brilliant. We have been here since it started and its going very well.
Editors note: Owen is the grandson, of Noggin the Nog and Bagpuss creator Oliver Postgate. Owen designed the markets logo.