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30/07/2015

More locally grown produce at York Farmers Market in July
and…every last Friday in the month

More award-winning Yorkshire producers will be joining the Farmers Market in York this Friday, including Patrick Macarons & Pâtisserie, which celebrates the exquisite art of the Pâtissier, bringing the tantalising flavours of France to York. Arriving this Friday too is Rustic Baking, from North Yorkshire, which offers twenty different types of flapjack. These newcomers will be setting out their produce alongside regular favourites, such as Voakes Pies from Whixley Grange Farm, offering award-winning pies, as well as Tancred Farm, also from Whixley, specialising in quality meat.

York’s monthly Farmer's Market celebrates the best of local produce, including meat, pastries, bread and oils, as well as pottery and woollen gifts and joins the city’s regular market on the last Friday of every month between 9am and 5pm. Fresh goods sold on York Farmers' Markets are grown, reared, caught, brewed, pickled, baked, smoked or processed by the stallholder within a 40-mile radius of York.

Alongside this shoppers can find popular Shambles Market regulars, such as Cross of York, Los Moros, Lee Boxall of IpsofactoArt and Sheila's Fruit & Veg. Other newcomers this month are Field House Flowers, the Rosehip Company, Pat Kay’s pottery, Lucy Hall’s Tray Delicious, Hull Pies, Crumbs Cupcakery and Demi John.

Farmers Market regulars such as Yorkshire Rapeseed Oil, chilli jams from Chilli Jam Man, pottery from Jane Schaffer, woollen gifts from Highfield Textiles, fresh meat from Tancred Farm and local cheeses from Laceys Cheese, all make up a fantastic line-up.

Chris Price, City Centre and Markets Manager, Make It York, said: "We’re delighted to see such a wide variety of fresh, local produce on offer, especially from a number of new traders. York’s local produce is second to none. If you’re a lover of buying locally, whether its fruit & veg, fresh meat or fish, then Shambles Market is one of the best places to shop and we hope residents and visitors will enjoy the variety of quality produce on offer.”

York’s Shambles Market outdoor meeting point now offers free Wi-Fi, seating area with tables, chairs and parasols in York’s city centre and street food is available from kiosks serving hot, fresh tasty food seven days a week, including North African & Levantine cuisine, Turkish-inspired wraps and traditional English tea and homemade Yorkshire scones.

You’ll also find locally sourced, award-winning Yorkshire produce with short field-to-fork journey, such as fresh bread made from local Yorkshire organic flour, preserves made in the Yorkshire Wolds from pure ingredients, flowers and plants from Yorkshire suppliers, homemade sausages made from Yorkshire bred pork, Yorkshire cheeses and soft fruits, fresh fish caught that morning off Yorkshire’s coastline and ales from independent Yorkshire breweries.

Notes to Editor:
Shambles Market is situated by The Shambles thoroughfare, an ancient narrow cobbled street of 15th century timbered buildings – York’s oldest street and the oldest shopping street in Europe. The Farmers Market showcases the best produce from local producers and is held on the last Friday of every month between 9am and 4pm under gazebos in Shambles Market.

10 brilliant reasons to shop at Shambles Market

1 You’re supporting local Yorkshire businesses
By shopping at Shambles Market, you will be investing in independent regional businesses in Yorkshire and for every £1 spent on local produce, around 50p-70p of that goes back into the local York economy.

2 It’s ethical
By shopping at Shambles Market, you can learn where products and produce have come from and how they were made. Many products have a short field-to-fork journey, so there is less packaging to recycle and less transportation - reducing the environmental impact of your shop in York.

3 You get great customer service
Yorkshire traders are passionate local business owners, who are proud of their craft and produce and value your business. You’ll enjoy personal help and advice when choosing what to buy.

4 You save money
Buying local at Shambles Market cuts the cost of the middleman and pricey shipping, so you get more value for your pence. Fresh local produce, including fish, meat, fruit vegetables, can have lower prices than at the supermarket and you’ll also find clothing, shoes and household goods at discounted prices. Add value to your purchase by stocking up on fresh seasonal food and freezing it to eat out of season.

5 There’s fresh, organic produce
Food on offer at Shambles Market is as fresh as you can get it outside of growing or making it yourself, including fish caught that morning off Yorkshire’s coastline and freshly-baked bread made from organic grain flour. Many farmers at the Farmers Market – the last Friday of every month - use organic methods to grow their produce with less water and less energy, and offer pesticide-free options with no preservatives.

6 It’s a great meeting point
With plenty of outdoor seating, free Wi-Fi and fantastic food kiosks the Shambles Food Courtyard is the perfect place for families and friends to socialise, relax and have a chat.

7 Meet bakers and artists offering quality designs & crafts
From specialist pastry chefs, local painters and craftsmen producing garden decorations from recycled materials, a trip to Shambles Market is a wonderful opportunity to discover local artists and designers, food producers and growers.

8 You’ll find unique Yorkshire presents
Shambles Market offers local goods or quirky one-off gifts which aren't available elsewhere, ranging from one-off handbags made with Yorkshire wool direct from the weavers and rustic outdoor furniture made from sustainable woodland trusts.

9 Discover new flavours
There are four street food kiosks, open daily, with ever-changing menus, with North African & Levantine delights, Turkish-inspired wraps and homemade cakes. Regular food stalls offer seasonal breads, Yorkshire Tea loaves, handmade fudges in over a dozen flavours, plus ciders and ales from small microbreweries and vineyards of Yorkshire.

10 Entertainment
Shambles Market offers a free performance venue every day for local performers, including singers, art tours and acoustic musicians to provide family fun and entertainment.

Make It York (York’s Destination Organisation) has an overarching remit to market the city and its surroundings – nationally and internationally - as an exciting place to live, study, visit and do business. The remit covers leisure and business tourism, city centre management, festivals and events, business support and inward investment.

CONTACTS

Claire, Pick & Mix Marketing Solutions
Email: claire@pickandmixms.co.uk
Tel: 01904 863511

Kay Hyde, Head of PR & Corporate Communications, Make It York
Email: kay.hyde@makeityork.com
Tel: 01904 554451