Love Your Local Market Fortnight

Will Chalmers, pictured with his dad, Fred, can be found on Spilsby's market with their fruit and veg stall on Monday's.
Will Chalmers, pictured with his dad, Fred, can be found on Spilsby's market with their fruit and veg stall on Monday's.

The district Council are encouraging local people to visit local markets in the area.

They say, ‘There is no better time to enjoy your local market than during Love Your Local Markets Fortnight’.

Love Your Local Markets fortnight will run from tomorrow, (Wednesday, May, 14-28) through to Wednesday, May, 28.

In celebration of all that is good about markets, local people and visitors can join more than 300 others nationwide for two weeks of celebration of District Council-run markets in Louth, Horncastle and Spilsby and those run by Town Councils in Alford and Mablethorpe.

Portfolio Holder for the Environment, Councillor Steve O’Dare, said: “In recent months we have increased the promotion of our markets at the same time as welcoming new traders at all of our markets and new monthly craft markets in Louth and Horncastle giving people more of a reason to visit.

“Markets are at the heart of our Market Towns and, quite rightly, should be celebrated for all they offer and recognised for the part they play in the local economy, not only by encouraging people to shop locally and attracting visitors from further afield, but also showcasing local produce and supporting new and small enterprises, creating job opportunities for local people.”

During Love Your Local Markets Fortnight, stall holders will be asked to decorate their stalls with the heart theme of the event.

These will be judged by Councillor O’Dare and the winning stall on each market rewarded with a day’s rent free.

The Fortnight will also see the Council supporting two new traders – Will Chalmers and Daniel Sharpe, both 24.

You will find Will on his fruit and vegetable stall at Horncastle Market on Thursdays and Saturdays and Spilsby market on Mondays, while you can find Daniel selling freshly baked bread and cakes in Horncastle on Saturday, Louth on Friday and Spilsby on Monday.

Will said: “Earlier this year a trader at Horncastle Market made me aware that there was no longer a fruit and vegetable stall operating there. I saw this as a great opportunity to set up on a busy regular market. I often thought about approaching the market side of things, due to the tradition and the hustle and bustle of a busy ‘traditional’ market. I now trade on two East Lindsey markets.”

Daniel added: “I used to help my dad with his business and was trained as a mechanic, but when the recession hit, I decided to do something different. My brother-in-law bakes the bread and cakes and I sell them. To be honest, if you have a good product you can sell it – it doesn’t matter what it is, as long as it is good quality and it is something the customer wants to buy.”

The young entrepreneurs will be able to trade free of charge during Love Your Local Market Fortnight and will then trade with reduced rates throughout the year as part of East Lindsey District Council’s First Pitch Scheme.

The weekly Markets offer everything from food to fashion and home décor to pet supplies. plus a whole lot more.

There are also weekly auctions in Spilsby Market Place – perfect to pick up a bargain.

You can also find monthly Farmers’ Markets and Craft Markets in Louth and Horncastle, plus a monthly Food Market in Louth.

A spokesman for the District Council said: “There is a lot more to the district’s markets than first meets the eye, so why not come along and see for yourself what they have to offer? And, while visiting the markets take a stroll through the pretty market towns, where you will find quirky cafes and tea rooms nestled among small independent shops which are well worth a visit.

The following market days operate in the local area;

Monday - Spilsby

Tuesday - Alford

Wednesday - Louth

Thursday - Horncastle and Mablethorpe*

Friday - Louth

Saturday - Horncastle and Louth

Horncastle Craft Market takes place on the Second Saturday of the month and Farmers’ Market on the fourth Saturday of the month.

Louth Craft Market takes place on the third Saturday of the month and Farmers’ Market on the fourth Wednesday of the month.