Next Thursday 9 April, from 9am to 2pm, a pop up food shop will be in business outside the Local to Ludlow shop at Castle Square, Ludlow. That is just by the market. The stall will feature food and drink from many of the small independent traders we know well from the twice monthly Thursday Local to Ludlow markets.
This will be a pilot open air stall where strict social distancing will apply. I hope people will drop by and buy. Many people will be able to walk to the market area, though some people from the outskirts will need to drive. If you do so, please use the occasion to pick up as much shopping and pharmaceuticals as you need for the days ahead to reduce travel. Buses are running to a very reduced timetable.
Local to Ludlow’s plan is to have items for sale from several of the stallholders that make Ludlow Local Produce Market such a success. The following producers have so far confirmed they will supply food and drink: Perry Wood Farm (lamb and mutton), Augernick Fruit Farm (seasonal fruit and cobnuts), appleTeme (apple juice), Pentre Farm (vegetarian food pre-order only starting 16 April), Shropshire Honey, Matty’s Delices (bread and baked goods), Shropshire Salumi, Lizzie’s Layers, Hundred House Coffee, Key Cottage Catering, Fletchers Cider, along with other local producers including Lane Cottage Produce (salad bags). For the latest update check the Local to Ludlow website or Facebook page.
The shop will be outdoors, directly in front of the Local to Ludlow shop. There will be strict adherence to social distancing rules. All payments must be made by contactless card. Please bring your own shopping bag. If successful Local to Ludlow will be hosting a regular weekly pop up shop.
Tish Dockerty, market manager of the Ludlow Local Produce Market, said:
“We need to keep our small food and drink producers going through this extreme situation. Sales have just plummeted since lock down, especially since it was announced the markets were to close. Many of the stallholders are offering free deliveries to incentivise people to think outside the box when shopping for goods. Operating outdoors is nothing unusual for us and is probably far healthier than going inside a busy shop.”
A list of stallholders making deliveries or taking online sales can be found on the Local to Ludlow website www.localtoludlow.org.uk.
Local to Ludlow is a Community Interest Company that promotes food and drink from within 30 miles of Ludlow with the aim of reducing the environmental cost of food production and to support the local food economy.