Who’s coming to the Autumn Market?

Well, not this Pantry Person, unfortunately, as on 14 September I’ll be otherwise engaged – though I will certainly miss being there. Not just the brilliant atmosphere on the day, and chatting with people I haven’t seen for ages while sampling some of the delicious tastes on offer (not to mention the fantastic range of local beers and ciders we’re offering), but also the buzz and excitement of helping to get the market ready. It’s hard to describe how great it feels when, after all the hard work, you step back just before it opens and see that everything has suddenly come together. The hall is always decorated so beautifully, the stalls and the coffee shop always look so attractive and welcoming, and everyone is friendly and eager to make it a really enjoyable event.

Anyway, if you’re lucky enough to be in Piddington from 10 am to 2 pm on 14 September, here’s what you’ll find there.

You can make the list bigger by clicking on the rectangle at the bottom right; clicking on a link will take you to the supplier’s website.

Do you like our new header?

We’re coming up to our fourth Pantry market (no, I can’t quite believe it either), and it seemed a good time to update the website a bit by changing our main header picture to feature some of the lovely photos people have taken since we began. I’m sure Piddington residents will be able to spot people they recognise!

Now I’ve worked out how to do a collage like this, you never know, I might change the photos more often. Some shots of the new local beer and cider tent we’re all getting so excited about would be good. Any keen photographers out there willing to oblige?


Books, CDs or DVDs wanted

Are you decluttering?

If you have any books, CDs or DVDs that you’d like to pass on, please think about donating them to The Pantry.

Our secondhand bookstall is very popular, and we do try to refresh the stock for each market, so you don’t see the same dog-eared titles popping up each time.

If you’d like to donate some books, CDs or DVDs, please contact Ken Howard on 01869 320350 or kenhowardc10@gmail.com
to arrange delivery/collection.

Thank you.

Who’s coming? First peek

We have some exciting new stalls at the Autumn Market, not to mention our new local beer and cider tent!

There are several fantastic small craft brewers and cider makers in this area, and this is your opportunity to sample a few of their products, and take home a bottle or two for later. We’ll be featuring beers, ciders and apple juice from producers including The Little Orchard Co., Oxfordshire Ales and XT Brewing Co. Newsflash! XT-ONE was voted ‘Beer of the Year’ at Jimmy’s Farm Sausage and Beer Festival in July! Look out for the event to be broadcast on Countryfile, BBC 1.

Another newcomer to The Pantry is I’m Japanese, an intriguing stall containing a range of traditional Japanese family food cooked by Japanese-born Momo using locally sourced, organic, free range ingredients. What a wonderful chance to taste something so different and special – something you’d never be able to experience unless you were the guest of a Japanese cook! I’m sure Momo’s stall will be extremely popular.

You may already be a fan of the exceptionally tasty and tender beef produced by Oving Dexters from their small herd of Dexter cattle grass-reared on a farm in the village of Oving, Buckinghamshire. If so, you may wish to preorder directly from them in advance, to make sure of your chosen cut. If you haven’t tasted Dexter beef before, do try it – I’m sure you’ll be amazed at the flavour.

We’re also delighted to welcome St George’s Gelato, based in Haddenham, who make delicious fresh  Italian-style ice cream in small batches using simple, natural ingredients and free from artificial ingredients or preservatives.

Finally, as the cheeses supplied by Little Shop of Cheese, a small family business based in Buckinghamshire, were so popular at the Summer Market, we’ve invited Nicola Parker to run a whole stall devoted to British cheeses, so that you can choose from a much wider range. You may already know Nicola, as she takes a regular stall at Bicester Market every Friday.

Of course, you’ll find some familiar faces too – look out for more details soon.

You really can’t afford to miss the Autumn Market on 14 September, so put the date in your diary now!