New food fair at Arkwright’s Mill

Local Honey: Hilary Lambert of Ilkeston, a member of the Derbyshire Beekeepers Association, with a selction of her honey at the Cromford Local Produce Fair at Arkwright's Mill.
Local Honey: Hilary Lambert of Ilkeston, a member of the Derbyshire Beekeepers Association, with a selction of her honey at the Cromford Local Produce Fair at Arkwright's Mill.
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Local honey, meat and cheese were on offer in Cromford as the village launched a monthly food fair.

The Arkwright Society kicked off the new project at Cromford Mill on Saturday.

Organisers hope the fairs will promote local producers, highlight the varied produce available in the area and encourage the community to ‘shop local’.

Events manager Angela Jones said: “There are many local producers supplying a wide range of top quality goods.

“Our aim is to showcase the best that the region has to offer and give the public the opportunity to experience the finest local products.”

The launch event in the courtyard saw Hilary Lambert, a member of the Derbyshire Beekeepers Association, with a selction of her honey, Jeff Wild, of Ible-based Native Breeds Produce with a selection of his sausages and joints and Rob and Lynne Smith, formerly of Derbyshire, with their hand made cheeses.

The next event is on Saturday, July 9 when cheese-makers and brewers will be showcasing their produce and bee keeper Hilary Lambert will be offering tips and advice.

On Saturday, August 13, the fair will include food producers and a beehive demonstration as well as information on organic farming by Heeley City Farm, a city farm and environmental visitor centre, in Sheffield.

Apple Day celebrations will be taking place on Saturday, September 24 with local produce on show and visitors can taste up to 20 varieties of apples.

The event will also include information on honey bee pollination

The last local produce fair of the year will take place on Saturday, October 8, with a wide range of seasonal foods on sale.

Entry to the fairs is free.

Local producers can get involved by calling 01629 823256 or emailing events@arkwrightsociety.org.uk.