City celebrates markets with special events

Lincoln will be playing host to two big market events over the next four weeks, from a celebration to a specialist craft fair.

The Lincoln Farmers’ Market in Castle Hill will be celebrating its 10th Anniversary next month.

To commemorate one of the first farmers’ markets in the country, stallholders will be cutting an anniversary cake on April 16.

The Lincoln Farmers’ Market was set up when more people were requesting fresh, locally grown products that could easily be traced.

The market offers a range of local produce, from meat, vegetables, dairy, pickles, curry paste, fudge and jams. In the summer, flowers and herbs are also available.

Lincoln BIG co-ordinator of the market, and Director of OsLinc Susan Smith said: “Just over ten years ago, after the City Square market proved to be so popular, we decided there was also a need for one in uphill Lincoln.

“We started off with a handful of stalls, but it has gone from strength to strength and we now have 30 regular traders.

“I cannot say how magical it is to see everyone arriving and setting-up each month.”

Organic farmer and regular trader Andrew Dennis said: “This is a most magical market and with its wonderful setting with views of the West Front of Lincoln Cathedral and Lincoln Castle, there is almost a Medieval feel to it.

“I think that farmers; markets have an educational role to play.

“Stalls selling fresh produce directly from the farm make people vividly aware of what is in season and I think people are becoming more interested in that.”

As well as a farmers’ market celebration, down the hill there will be a quirkier craft market returning on March 19.

The stalls will be set up in Cornhill, where there will be a vast array of handmade items. People can expect to find paintings, glassware and jewellery.

The stalls in Cornhill will return every month, with differing goods on offer.

Source: Lincoln BIG