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19/02/2016

Late night Friday…and the Farmers Market - shoppers can enjoy Yorkshire’s finest produce at Shambles Market this February

Late night shopping makes a welcome return to York’s city centre this Friday as Shambles Market extends its opening hours to 9pm. Popular traders will start the weekend off in style by selling a range of unique items, including classic vinyl, stylish bags, delicious homemade fudge and stunning antiques.

Then, on the final Friday of this month, the very best Yorkshire producers will head to Shambles Market to sell their goods at the Farmers Market, ranging from quality venison and beef steaks to freshly baked pies and cakes. Chris Price, City Centre and Markets Manager, Make It York, said, ‘We’re working hard to deliver what everyone wants to see at Shambles Market – quality independent traders and the best produce at convenient times. We trialled a Friday Night Market in the run up to Christmas and it became an instant success, if this one is popular too, then we’ll aim to put on more night markets throughout the year.”

“Our regular monthly Farmers Market is proving very popular too with a wide variety of fresh, local produce and ensures Shambles Market is one of the best places to shop locally, whether it’s for the very best of Yorkshire’s fruit and veg or fresh meat and fish. We’d like to offer a huge thank you to our local customers too for supporting York’s independent traders.”

This Friday’s Night Market (19 February 2016) will see a selection of Shambles Market traders housed outside the rear of Ye Old Shambles Tavern, the former slaughterhouse-turned-pub serving Yorkshire beer and cider, and in front of the fish and cheese kiosks.

Traders will include Phil Waines of Heart of Wax offering vintage vinyl, Roy Dean - also known as ‘That Fudge Guy’ - cooking up delicious flavoured fudge, Frances Cormerford bringing wonderful antiques and Kevin Tuohy from Bags Of Style showcasing this season’s latest looks. Also expected to attend are Pete Allanson (honey & mead), Barbara Kingan (pop-up greeting cards), Cylich (Viking pottery) and Jean Mitchell (books).

York’s monthly Farmer's Market (26 February 2016) will join the city’s regular market on the last Friday of the month between 9am and 5pm and celebrates the best of local produce, including meat, pies, eggs and oils, as well as pottery and woollen gifts. 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.

This month (Friday 26 February), Round Green Farm Venison will offer high-quality venison meat, Tancred Farm will sell fantastic quality sausages, Voakes Pies is sharing its delicious award-winning pies and Tray Delicious will be serving up delectable hand-made cakes and meringues. Other brilliant traders include Hull Pies (pies and pastries), The Organic Pantry (fruit and vegetables), Colt House Farm Beef (high-quality steaks), Yorkshire Rapeseed Oil (oils and dressings), Highfield Textiles (woollen, handmade items), Jane Schaffer (handmade pottery) and Church View Eggs (hen & speciality eggs).

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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 and Your Local Market

1 You’re supporting local Yorkshire businesses
By shopping at Shambles Market/your local market, you will be investing in independent regional businesses

2 It’s ethical
By shopping at Shambles Market/your local 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
Market 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 this 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 is as fresh as you can get it outside of growing or making it yourself, including fish and freshly-baked bread made from organic grain flour. Many farmers at the Farmers Markets – the last Friday of every month in York - 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 in York 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 your local market is a wonderful opportunity to discover local artists and designers, food producers and growers.

8 You’ll find unique presents
Markets offer local goods or quirky one-off gifts which aren't available elsewhere; in York you’ll find 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 in York, 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 York 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