The Market Year

 

The Market Year was published from March 2013 to February 2014, building into a comprehensive story of what is exceptional about Sussex food production - the farmers and growers themselves. Each month we featured one local producer and the food he/she supplies. We also gave tips on what’s available month by month and offed carefully chosen recipes featuring locally produced food. The Market Year was funded and supported by the Lewes Pound

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Cover illustration: Lyndsay Smith

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Have a rummage through the following collection of stunning photographs taken by Carlotta Luke featuring local producers and their work.

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January

Producer Profile: Phil Beal of Beal's Charcuterie

 

 

Beal's pigs live in pasture and woodland in Chailey where they are free to run in their sociable groups. When he is away from the processing plant in Barcombe, Phil loves to watch them, especially at early light when the rest of the world is still dozing. Our pigs are happy living naturally in this beautiful place.”  more

 

Seasonal Recipes by Polly Senter

Photograph: Carlotta Luke

 

February

Producer Profile: Collette Haynes of Ashurst Organics in Plumpton

 

 

”This is  the organic principle - that the health of the soil, plants, animals and man are one and indivisible. It's a radical perspective because it considers the Rights of the Planet as well as our own."  more

 

Seasonal Recipes by Polly Senter

Photograph: Carlotta Luke

 

March

Producer Profile: Micheal Vine, Ersham Farm

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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...  more...


Seasonal Recipes by Polly Senter

Photograph: Carlotta Luke

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April

Producer Profile:  Jane Fairman, Forager

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Meet Jane Fairman, who describes herself as a Hedgewitch. Jane believes that Nature gives us what we need and when we need it: a lot of the plants appearing  now have a gentle cleansing action which we need to spring clean ourselves after winter. Then we will be ready for the light salads etc. when early summer comes. more...


Seasonal Recipes by Polly Senter

Photograph: Carlotta Luke

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May

Producer Profile: David Stechler, Smoker

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If you come across a large cardboard box or a filing cabinet with a steady trickle of smoke emanating from it, chances are that David Stechler is close by. David believes that his skill and care can be tasted in his product and that his smoked and cured gravelax salmon products are much more delicious than the mass-produced product on offer in the supermarkets. more...


Seasonal Recipes by Polly Senter

Photograph: Carlotta Luke

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June

Producer Profile: Guillermo De Las Heras, bio-dynamic grower from Brambletye Fruit Farm

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Born in Madrid, Guillermo started his career as a social worker but now really enjoys the community, ethics and natural beauty at Brambletye Farm. Guillermo has worked on the land at Brambletye for four years where his main role is in pruning fruit trees. He works in exchange for produce and then makes his living by selling fruit and juice, eggs and vegetables at markets south of London. more...

 

Seasonal Recipes by Polly Senter

Photograph: Carlotta Luke

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July

Producer Profile: John Mountford of Southdown Smokers

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John Mountford, known locally as Bacon John, has been a butcher since he was a teenager and now produces some of the best dry cured bacon you will ever taste. Every Friday he brings his excellent value sliced bacon and bacon joints to sell at the Lewes Food Market. more...

 

Seasonal Recipes by Polly Senter

Photograph: Carlotta Luke

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August

Producer Profile: Graham Love of Greenway Fruit Farm

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Greenway Fruit Farm in Herstmonceux is one of the last of its kind in Sussex. Once, the temperate conditions, the Tunbridge Wells green sand and the reliable British market for homegrown fruit supported many similar farms.  Graham Love's will to grow and feed people has kept his farm going through very difficult times.  more...

 

Seasonal Recipes by Polly Senter

Photograph: Carlotta Luke

 

September

Producer Profile:  Alan Rae of Fletching Glasshouses

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Alan is a man of many talents – he has a doctorate in biochemistry from Oxford and now not only does he run Fletching Glasshouses and several inter-connected web-based businesses with his family, but he is also an accomplished folk musician. more...

 

Seasonal Recipes by Polly Senter

Photograph: Carlotta Luke

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October

Producer Profile:  Toos Jeuken of Laine's Organics

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Thirty-five years ago, a young Dutch woman cycled through Sussex looking for good soil
and an opportunity to farm. Discovering excellent Horsham greensand in Cuckfield she
and her family eventually bought the fields that are now Laines' Organic Farm, a haven of
flowers, fruit and vegetables. more...

 

Seasonal Recipes by Polly Senter

Photograph: Carlotta Luke

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November

Producer Profile:  Fisherman Chris Veasey of Veasey and Sons, Fishmongers

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When he was 15, Chris' parents bought him his own tiny boat. He rowed out to sea, dropped anchor, started to fish and didn't look back. Chris now owns a 10-metre catamaran called Le Belhara and fishes for shellfish such as crab and lobster using pots, and catches seasonal fish with gill nets and drift nets - no trawling...  more

 

Seasonal Recipes by Polly Senter

Photograph: Carlotta Luke

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December

Producer Profile: Edward Uridge of Townings Farm  

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Townings Farm near Chailey has been home to three generations of Uridge farmers. The Uridge family are passionate about the quality of their meat. They love farming in a beautiful part of Sussex, selling direct to customers and providing a stress-free life for their stock.  more

 

Seasonal Recipes by Polly Senter

Photograph: Carlotta Luke

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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...

 


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.

 

See www.lovefoodhatewaste.com for help with wasting less food.

 

See www.makinglocalfoodwork.co.uk for exciting food news.

 

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!

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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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'Pick me up' juice

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