Local Food Updates – Thursday 4th June

Please continue to support our local food producers and retailers.  

We have updated our Local Food Information Page on our website with the following:

Ledbury Town Charter Market can now accept all sorts of stalls (not just food) on Tuesdays and Saturdays – please note:

  • Max the Fish – continues fish sales at the market on Tuesday mornings. Max is not able to attend on Fridays for the time being because his fish supply markets are not yet back to normal.
  • Mark’s Cheese Counter Van visits on Saturdays – Mark offers a click and collect service at marks-cheese-counter.co.uk
  • Le Delice of Malvern bakery will be back on Saturdays from 14th June

Contact Ledbury Town Council if you are interested in taking a pitch – at admin@ledburytowncouncil.gov.uk.

Just Rachel Ice Creams locally produced in Bromsberrow – for that special treat (or just for pleasure) – have plenty of ice cream.  You can buy locally at The Shop at Bromsberrow (HR8 1PG) or at the Hop Pocket Food Hall.  The team are doing local deliveries – find out more at visit www.justrachel.com or phone 01531 650639.

And also…

You may have seen via the Ledbury Reporter that Pascal Clarenne has confirmed that he is taking “early retirement” from Chez Pascal in New Street, closing the café, as a result of being diagnosed with cancer.  Pascal is now receiving treatment – we wish him and Janie well.

We have also been reminded that the growing season this year is much different from normal as a result first of continuous rain preventing crops being planted and then subsequent excess heat.  As a result crops are ripening later and in some cases in smaller quantities so creating scarcity.  So please be understanding if that seasonal vegetable that you are looking for is not yet available or more expensive than usual.

 

Please let us know of any new local food offerings that you may discover!

Ledbury Country Market – now accepting orders!

The Ledbury Country Market has announced that from this week (w/c Monday 11th May) it is accepting orders for collection on Friday mornings in Ledbury.

The Market is offering the following products:

  • cakes and other baked goods
  • savoury goods
  • charcuterie
  • eggs
  • honey
  • apple juice
  • jellies – marmalades – jams – chutneys
  • plants and herbs
  • vegetables

They hope to provide flowers soon.

To register your interest in this new service and pick up an order form visit www.ledburycountrymarket.co.uk or find out more at 01684 540595.

Orders will need to be placed by email to orders@ledburycountymarket.co.uk by Tuesday evening.  They will be available for collection on the coming Friday at St Katherine’s Hall, Ledbury between 10.30 and noon.  Please pay by card on collection of your order.

For those living locally who must isolate, delivery of orders may be possible – please check.

Ledbury Country Market is part of the nationwide organisation, Country Markets Limited, and also a member of the Herefordshire Country Markets Society Limited.

For other information please visit the Local  Food Information page >>

Support our local cider makers!

This May holiday weekend should have been the Big Apple’s thirtieth year of running Blossomtime in Putley, but sadly it won’t be happening this year.  This annual opportunity to enjoy the orchards full of apple blossom and to taste many different local ciders, perries and apple juices has become an established part of the calendar in this corner of Herefordshire. 

The new product from last year’s harvest is becoming ready to drink – and there’s no stopping it!  Many craft makers depend on local events and tourism and hospitality businesses to sell their cider, perry and apple juice – and so they are taking a big hit from lockdown. 

This year’s blossom is the start of next year’s cider – but first there is a need to sell last year’s stock.  Normally, Putley Parish Hall would have been heaving with visitors buying cider, perry and apple juice.  The nine producers who had arranged to be there have been working hard to find extra ways to make their drinks available within the licensing laws – whether that is through online orders, local deliveries, click and collect, farm shops and village stores.  

So the Big Apple is supporting them through a special information area on their website at https://www.bigapple.org.uk/blossomtime-2020/.  Many regular Big Apple venues are to be found there including Once Upon a Tree, Gregg’s Pit, Woodredding Farm, Pope’s Perry, Yew Tree Farm and Jus Apple Juice.  And two special guests who each won awards at last year’s Big Apple Cider and Perry Trials: Bartestree Cider, last year’s Champion Perrymaker, and Halfpenny Green Cider, winner of the bottle fermented/conditioned cider.  So please support our local makers.  Take a look to find out how you can get hold of your favourite tipple – or try something new – or better still, try several! 

This piece has been provided by the Big Apple Association

Sorry, the 2020 Ledbury Celebration is cancelled

We have been forced to cancel this year’s Ledbury Celebration – Ledbury’s annual food festival featuring local food and drink, poetry, music and heritage – due to be held on Sunday 12 July 2020.

As a voluntary organisation with no financial reserves and dependent on the generosity of a number of sponsors, we have to do this before we start incurring expenditure and effort on an event which sadly now looks very unlikely to be allowed to happen in July.

We recognise the value this popular event provides to our local food and drink producers in presenting their special products to a wider community, and are very sorry that we cannot provide support via this event.

Our grateful thanks go to our many partners and sponsors who confirmed their support for the 2020 event.  We hope to be back with a Ledbury Celebration in 2021!

Given the current difficult circumstances, we will continue to publicise the availability of locally produced and retailed produce in Ledbury and district in the Blog section of our website.   Please let us know if you have information on this that others might appreciate. You can contact us at ask@ledburyfoodgroup.org.

Please also support our local Ledbury Food Bank who continue to do a sterling job with valued help from some local producers – details at www.ledburyfoodbank.org.

…and if you or someone you know is interested in helping as a worker with this year’s fruit harvest, some local opportunities are listed at www.britishsummerfruits.co.uk/jobs.

Keep safe!

The Ledbury Celebration in 2019