Food and Farming

Local to Ludlow logo

This group was set up following the inaugural Ludlow 21 meeting in 1999 with volunteer members from a variety of backgrounds. The group’s aim is to promote the use of local food and drink as widely as possible.

In the first year we

  • set up a farmers’ market
  • established a distinctive brand ‘Local to Ludlow’
  • published a local food directory.

Subsequent activities have included

  • a programme of Farm Tours
  • accreditation of local B&Bs
  • sale of compostable bags
  • support to other farmers’ markets
  • setting up a website to publicise our activities.

In 2008 grants from Awards for All and the Food Festival financed a cooking trailer which we use in a project called ‘easy peasy’ to introduce young children to cooking skills.

Food and Farming Group – this group meets informally about four times a year to plan and review our work. We always welcome new members.

Contact Tish Dockerty on 01584 872043 or email

Ludlow Local Produce Market – the Local Produce Market runs throughout the year, with over 30 stalls selling a wide range of locally-produced food, drink and plants. It takes place from 9.00 a.m. to 2.00 p.m. in Castle Square in the centre of Ludlow on the second and fourth Thursdays of the month.

If you are interested in having a stall contact Tish Dockerty 01584 872043.

The Local Produce Market celebrated its 10th anniversary in 2010
In July there was a meal of local produce, including a fidget pie, for people who had supported the development of the market over the years.
Loyal to Ludlow certificates were presented to three stallholders who had been with the market since 2000 by Pam Aitken the current Mayoress. Recipients were

  • the Wendens of Old Sandlin who manage to have home-grown apples for sale almost all year
  • Billy Auger who grows a wide variety of soft fruits at Hopton Wafers
  • the Tudge family – producers of famous pork products

There was also music from Terry Tandler and his band and they finished off with a ceilidh. It was great to see people dancing with enthusiasm in Castle Square.
Later in July the big event was a cookery demonstration by Will Holland from La Becasse. He demonstrated delicious things to do with a free-range chicken using the ‘Local to Ludlow’ cooking trailer. He was joined by presenters from the BBC Countryfile team who were making a programme about the market. They also filmed interviews with several producers and Tish, our market manager. The programme was broadcast at the end of August.

Bed and Breakfast Scheme – We offer Local to Ludlow listing and use of the logo to B&Bs and self-catering establishments which use local produce in their breakfasts.

For more detail contact Pam Latchford 01584 874990 or Irene Harlington 01584 879614

Eating Out – We are currently planning to extend Local to Ludlow listings to restaurants and other places to eat which regularly feature local produce Contact Tish Dockerty 01584 872043 for more information

easypeasyeasy peasy  – Cookery sessions for children in schools or other venues with the cooking trailer. To book contact Tish Dockerty 01584 872043

The website Local To Ludlow contains details of producers, shops and B&Bs which use and promote local produce.