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High Peak Food Hub High Peak The Butterfly House The Torrs

Thursday June 7 sees the launch of a new concept in food markets - with the launch of the High Peak Food Hub, the first weekly, popup, evening food market.

Every Thursday evening, from 5:50pm to 7:30pm, at The Butterfly House at The Torrs, food fans and shoppers will be able to:

*Collect their online local produce grocery shopping from SaucedHere.co.uk, a unique collaboration with Peak District farmers, producers and businesses and now brought to High Peak residents for the first time

*Access local independent food traders through ‘Marketti’ an app designed by market specialists, which will help locals to #shoplocal even when their lifestyles keep them away from local shops and markets

 *Support local transition projects in schools and towns by purchasing locally grown fruit and vegetables

*Enjoy cookery demonstrations, producer talks, popup shops and more, while enjoying an evening tipple and time with friends and neighbours

 High Peak Food Hub will bring together the social fun of market shopping with our growing desire to shop locally and ethically.

The hub has grown from Esther Morrison’s work as Market Development Officer with Stockport Market.  In addition to creating the award-winning Stockport Foodie Friday (winner of Manchester Food and Drink Festival Best Food and Drink Popup 2016) for the first Love Your Local Market in 2013, she also ran all types of events in the Market Place, performed cookery demos and created marketing promotion for the traders. 

Under her stewardship, Stockport Market also hosted the first of the Teenage Markets, which are now a national franchise to encourage young people into market trading and hosted the monthly ‘Vintage Village’ Sunday market, which is now in its eighth year.

Now, having moved to New Mills and created Paprika: The Food Consultancy, Esther has been running run artisan food fairs and is now the local ‘food guru’ booking street food for the local festivals and events and running Place Making projects.

High Peak Food Hub puts all this experience together into one, joined-up project.

She says local independent shops need supporting, local restaurant capacity is limited in scope, there is no longer a town deli or greengrocer in many of the surrounding towns (though New Mills has an excellent fruit & veg stall at it's Friday & Saturday market) and many of the newer residents were not able to shop local except on Saturdays, because of their commute. 

But there is an enthusiasm for great, local food being more widely available and High Peak Food Hub will meet that need.

SaucedHere.co.uk  offers a convenient grocery delivery alternative that directly supports the local economy. There are over 1,250 products now online from around 40 local producers, all of which can be delivered to the door of holiday cottages, campsites or homes at a time that is convenient to the recipient, Peak District visitors and locals.

The service offers a full basket of products, from the area’s top purveyors from meats, dairy, fruit & veg, to environmentally-friendly cleaning products and gourmet pet foods.