Well, the market was certainly buzzing on Saturday. It was great to see some new faces – I do hope the stallholders for whom this was their first Pantry did well and enjoyed the day.
The fact that we ran out of bacon and beer perhaps says a lot about the numbers of marketgoers. It’s a good job our local breweries are so very local, as there was some dashing out at lunchtime to replenish stocks!
Thank you, everyone who came and supported The Pantry’s second Christmas Market – all the volunteers, who worked so hard and so cheerfully, the stallholders, who brought such a variety of great products and made the market so interesting, and of course our customers, who came to buy, to sample the wares in the coffee shop, to chat with friends and neighbours, and without whom there’d be no point to The Pantry!
We’re currently sorting out some suitable dates for next year’s markets, which I’ll post as soon as they’re finalised.
Finally, you may like to read The Pantry – One Year On, written by one of the instigators and main driving force behind the project, Francesca Darby. We put the notice up on Saturday, but it was easy to miss in the general bustle, so I’ll post it here too. I think it says what we all feel about it, really. It’s been hard work, but we’ve gained a lot from it, and we hope other people have too.
This is the last post before the market, just to let you know about another stallholder who is new to The Pantry.
I’ll let Alison Court introduce herself:
GladBags – handmade bags for all occasions
In order not to clutter up this Earth any more than it already is (or to use any more of its dwindling resources), I make my GladBags entirely out of recycled, reclaimed and rescued fabrics – they have all been found in my own and friends’ cupboards and attics, charity shops and remnant bins. Only the snappers are new. Even the threads have been inherited.
Please don’t forget to buy a raffle ticket before 1pm. There are lots of excellent prizes, including a gentleman’s leather belt, handmade by a craftsman who lives in Piddington specially for us at The Pantry. We’re honoured. Also beautifully handmade for us (by Rosemary, famed at The Pantry for her hedgerow jams and jellies) is a Christmas door wreath. And there are hampers of various products, a Christmas decorative reindeer and much more besides. People often forget about the raffle in the general excitement of the market, so add it to your list now!
Of course, The Pantry will abound with local food and crafts suitable for giving as gifts, but there’s more to it than that. To take some of the hassle out of the Christmas preparations, we’ve tried to bring to the Christmas Market several stalls and services of a more practical nature.
Local butcherPeter Goss will not only be offering a good range of traditional, quality meats and poultry all sourced from local farms, but will also be taking Christmas orders.
The always popular – and award-winning – Bucksum will be back, selling their fresh vegetables and salads.
Local farmer Nick Wallington will be taking orders for Christmas trees. Delivery is possible. Order directly from Nick on Saturday or phone on 07850 880438.
We also hope to have bags of rock saltfor sale, to keep your paths free from slippery ice.
On the General Store we’ll have a selection of Christmaslights for sale. (Sorry, I seem to be overcome with general Christmassyness – that says ‘Christmas lights’ in sober black and white.)
And we haven’t forgotten the garden birds. Also on the General Store we’ll be offering wild bird seedand fat ballsin packs of a suitable size for gifts.
Here’s a thought. If you live in Piddington, why not set yourself a challenge and try to get all your Christmas shopping done without leaving the village this year?
Just to let you know that The Piddington Bakers will once again be filling the community stall with a mouthwatering array of cakes, buns, biscuits, tarts – and I daresay a few mince pies – all baked by the good people of Piddington.
There’s nothing nicer than homemade cake at the weekend, so come and buy a little treat. Or, if you’re a keen baker, and would like to provide something for the stall, please contact Heather.
The cake stall is being run by members of St Nicholas’ Church, and all the proceeds from it will go towards the much needed repairs to the fabric of the church. You can read an update on the work done so far here.
There’ll be plenty of local ales for you to sample and buy at The Pantry Christmas Market this Saturday, from three local craft breweries: Oxfordshire Ales (Marsh Gibbon), Vale Brewery (Brill) and XT Brewing Co. (Chinnor).
If you visited our stall at Studley Wood Golf Club last Sunday, though, you may have seen our surprised faces when we ran out of bottles of Vale Brewery’s new Christmas Ale, Good King Senseless.
We thought we’d ordered enough for both markets, but people snapped up all our stock very quickly, leaving us with very red faces – and no, we hadn’t been sampling the brews over-enthusiastically.
Fear not, we’ve ordered more stocks for Saturday – but get your skates on, as they’re likely to disappear fast!
On The Pantry General Store we’ll be selling these products beautifully packaged in a pink eco-friendly jute bag, in regular and mini sizes, ready labelled with a gift tag. Prices start from £8.50.
Pantry regulars really love this range of natural skin-loving ethical products with unique scents – including the ever popular ‘Gin and Tonic’ collection.
These products are made by hand in the English countryside using nature’s herbs, flowers, aromatherapy oils and exclusively designed sophisticated perfumes. They contain no sulphites, parabens or petrochemicals, are soft, mild and moisturising, and are used by many with sensitive dry skin, eczema and psoriasis. They are not tested on animals.
We had a great day at the Studley Wood Golf Club Christmas Market on Sunday – and the sun was even shining on us, as you can see in the photos below!
Our Piddington Christmas Chutney received a definite thumbs up, as did many other products in the Jim & Jules range, so make sure you come along and try them next Saturday. Remember, this chutney is a limited edition, made from apples grown in Piddington, so come early to secure a jar. Together with a jar of Rosemary’s Jam, this would make a unique Piddington Christmas gift. We’ll be offering pretty gingham baskets too, ready labelled with a gift tag, making it easy for you to make up your own locally sourced mini hamper.
It’s good to be part of such a friendly, talented and hardworking community. Roll on the Christmas Market in Piddington Village Hall, next Saturday, 7 December, and our celebration of one whole year of The Pantry!