Three winners of Nelson and Colne Markets’ “Food For A Fiver Challenge” have claimed their £50 prizes.
Nelson and Colne Markets ran the competition to encourage people to share affordable, healthy recipes to feed four people, costing no more than a fiver.
Pendle Council, which runs the markets, teamed up with Pendle’s own affordable food guru, Gill Watson, for the campaign.
The winners are Charlotte Hoyle from Nelson, Mary Woodham from Colne and Jess Lomas from Earby and each claimed their bags full of £50 worth of meat, vegetables and produce from the markets.
The specially designed cotton market bags have been produced thanks to support from Razamataz in Colne.
Charlotte took the time out from moving house to collect her goody bag and requested a ham hock and dried peas to be in her items so that she can make her winning recipe for tea in her new home.
And Jess said: “I can’t wait for my bag with the ingredients for a big fat mixed grill feast to treat my family, including steak. I’ve even asked for a pig’s ear for the dog.”
A fourth winner, Julie Waterworth of Nelson, donated her bag of produce and a fruit hamper to Pendleside Hospice.
Markets Manager Ian Varley said: “Anyone who’d like to make some of the winning recipes and other recipes sent in by Pendle residents for the £5 challenge can visit our website www.pendle.gov.uk/markets.”
The competition judge Gill Watson presented prizes to the winners.
Gill worked as personal chef for Pierce Brosnan and a range of demanding clients from celebrities to supermodels.
She now lives in Pendle, running the food charity Pendle Helping Hands.
Gill said: “Our local markets are great places to get affordable food to keep your family healthy.
“For lots of cheap but nutritious recipe ideas you can visit my Facebook page: Budget Cooking with Gill Watson.”