First look

We had a great meeting last night, talking about what products we’ll be offering at the Piddington General Store and which stallholders we’d like to invite.

The Piddington General Store is, in essence, a stall held by us – The Pantry organisers – as stallholders. We buy in items from local producers and sell them on our tables. So it gives us the opportunity to do what we like best – seeking out interesting people creating unique products who are based in the area around Piddington, and then offering them to local people ‘in their own backyard’. Half the fun is discovering goodies we hadn’t come across before, but it’s also great to be able to offer items from well-established local producers like Bruce Young of Shaken Oak mustard, Colin (aka Quince Charming) and Elspeth Wainwright of Quince Products Ltd, and the Coleman family of the Cornfield Bakery, all of whom have quite a number of fans here, judging by the sell-out of their products last time. So those are definitely on our list – and we’ll be increasing our orders to cope with the demand.

The stallholders are local producers who rent a table for the day from us and then organise and sell their own items. This enables us to offer a wider range of local produce than we could otherwise manage – fresh vegetables, meat and homemade ready meals, for example.  In this, our second market, we’d like to retain some stalls but also offer something new. Which makes decision-making really hard, as all our stallholders were really popular last time, and we’d love to have them all again – but then where would we put the new people? And, excitingly, now we’re listed on various websites, we’re starting to get enquiries from people asking to take a stall who sound really interesting.

I’ll let you know more when we’ve cogitated a bit longer. In the meantime, please spread the word among your family and friends, share this message by whatever social media you fancy – even conversation, if you must – 9th March, Piddington Village Hall, 9.30-1.30. Be there!

What to do with your flyer

If you live in the Ray Valley area, you may just have received the February edition of Parish Matters, in which The Pantry Spring Market features several times. You can’t say we’re not enthusiastic!

And if you live in Piddington, you also get a free gift – a lovely spring green flyer.

This loose sheet is meant as an additional reminder, in case you miss the advert and notice in the magazine itself (I almost said ‘In case you don’t read the magazine’, but surely no locals would be so remiss). However, we’d like you to put your flyer to even better use.

It would be great if you could pass it on to other people. Perhaps you have access to a noticeboard at work, school, gym or golf club – please pin up the green flyer, so the word gets around that Piddington is the place to shop for all your springtime essentials.

We’re meeting this week to start drawing up a list of goodies we’d like to offer this time. It’s really hard, as there are so many wonderful local producers and suppliers out there, and Piddington Village Hall is only small. Well, it’s not that small, but it’s not Harrods Food Hall! But we’ll cram in as many lovely things as we can, to tempt you to buy.

Spring market

I’ve just done the first poster for the next market (see below), which will start appearing on various noticeboards soon. Then we can start choosing all the goodies for it. We all enjoy that bit!