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!

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Author: Hazel at The Pantry

I live in a small Oxfordshire village, and am writing a blog for The Pantry, a community project to provide the village with a place to meet and to buy locally made and sourced products.

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