The Market Year - March

Welcome to the first edition of The Market Year 


Producer Profile

Michael Vine of Ersham Farm      


Photograph: Carlotta Luke


Meet Michael Vine, the fifth generation farmer of the 100-acre Ersham Farm near Hailsham. Michael’s great-great-grandfather was farm manager there nearly 100 years ago and bought the farm at the end of the First World War...


Michael currently raises indoor free-ranging poultry and turkeys for the table, has a flock of 150 ewes and a herd of 30 beef cattle. His chickens are fed a special diet which produces relatively slow growth (compared to fast-growing intensively-reared poultry); they take a little longer to reach maturity and have a much richer flavour... more


Photographs: Carlotta Luke


More of Carlotta Luke's photographs of Michael Vine can be found here...


Details of all the Lewes Food Market traders here...


Food Provenance


‘Food provenance’ means where your food comes from i.e. where is it grown, raised or reared i.e. it’s point of origin. In many cases, as we are now seeing in the press, the food we are eating can come from many different sources. Food provenance should also tell us WHAT we are eating as well as WHERE it comes from.

The Food Chain
Talk to any primary producer at the local markets and they don’t understand the meaning of a ‘food chain’ “There is no chain here” they say because they grow it, rear it, or make it themselves. No-one else is involved!  Read more plus The Importance of Buying Locally...


In Season Now


Cauliflower, kale, leeks, purple-sprouting broccoli, salsify, spinach, spring onions, swede, wild nettles, blood oranges, rhubarb, cockles, dab, dover sole, gurnard, hake, lemon sole, mussels, oysters, red mullet.


Seasonal Recipes


Slow Roast Shoulder of Lamb with Winter Vegetables
Chicken & Leek Pie
Purple Sprouting Broccoli and Eggs
Kale & White Bean Ragout
Vegetable Pancake


By Polly Senter


Lewes Food Market is run by Lewes Local Community Interest Company. It was founded to give the people of Lewes, and visitors, a unique opportunity to buy locally sourced fresh food products direct from the producers on a weekly basis.


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By buying local and eating food in season we are supporting and encouraging our local food producers. We can help them survive and multiply so that we are not so dependent on importing most of our food. With rising fuel costs, climate change affecting crops and constant international conflicts, importing is a risky business which can easily break down.

Latest News & Events

We've reached the Grand Final!

Lewes Food Market are delighted to be Grand Finalists in the Sussex Food & Drinks Awards 2017! Thank you to everyone who voted for us, your support is amazing.

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Lewes Craft Market

Lewes Craft Market will now take place every second Saturday of the month. The next Lewes Craft Market will take place on Saturday 11th March 2017.

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New to the Market

Mesto Artisan Olive Oil - 'fresh, Single Estate Extra Virgin Olive Oil from our family trees in Crete'.

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