The Pantry, but not as we know it …

Hope you’re all making the most of this lovely weather. Long may it last. But don’t be sad about the approach of autumn, because it brings an exciting new event to Piddington in the form of The Pantry Food and Wine Extravaganza!

We always try to make each Pantry market a little bit different, but this autumn, instead of our regular market, we’re putting on something really special.

On Saturday 13 September, we’d love you to come and join The Pantry team for a food, wine and beer tasting extravaganza! We’re still working on the details, but it’ll be an evening event, open only to ticket-holders, where you’ll enjoy a food-and-wine-pairing presentation (the ticket price will cover the full tasting plate), meet local producers and do a bit of shopping too.

I’ll let you know more details when I can.

What a great market

Thank you to all those people who made it through the rain to join us at what we think was one of the best markets so far. Despite the almost biblical torrents, not to mention the many other local events going on at the same time, villagers and people from further afield stoutly stomped through the storms to enjoy the summery delights of The Pantry.

And a huge thank you, too, to all our doughty volunteers for their hard work setting up and putting away the market, including putting up the marquees in the sweltering heat on Friday (and for improvising gutters between them in anticipation of the deluge to come!) and for turning up and helping on the day.

We’ve had a couple of lovely emails, one from a visitor and one from a stallholder, both saying what a lovely atmosphere the market had, and what friendly people they’d met. I know there are a lot of community and farmers’ markets around these days, but it really does seem as though we have something a bit special here.

I felt extremely sorry for the chap selling Bradshaws Farm Ice Cream from his trailer in the car park, outside the main hall. On a sunny day, he’d have done a roaring trade. But there was plenty of interest in our other new stallholders, Emma Arnold (Blue Hydrangea), with her fascinating range of handmade pieces, and Vasiliki Ntavertzani, who presided over a table of mouthwatering Greek delights, including the most delicious homemade Greek pastries (oh, that heavenly baklava!) and pine and thyme honey, from bees kept by her family in Delphi. (Contact details: 07772 454 411; gaia.products@outlook.com) Vasiliki has sent us this photo of the family beehives – if you bought a pot of honey from her on Saturday, this is where it comes from!

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Finally, as we slowly start to recover from the summer market, we have already started planning our autumn event. We’re quite excited about this, as we’re hoping to do something a little different this time. Local food and drink will still be involved, of course, but with a twist. I’ll let you know more later, when plans are a little more advanced …

In the meantime, have a great summer!

It’s summer at the Coffee Shop

I’m just printing the menus for the Coffee Shop, and thought you might like a sneak preview.

As you can see, there are some delicious ice cream flavours available, homemade using local ingredients by St George’s Gelato, based in Haddenham. Enjoy one at the market, then take one home for later. (We’ll be selling them on the General Store too.)

As a change from (or as well as) the ever-popular bacon baps, you might like to try our new mushroom baps. And of course there’ll be croissants and pain au chocolat supplied by the Cornfield bakery and delicious cakes made by the bakers of Piddington.

Whatever the weather, you’ll find a great welcome at the Pantry Coffee Shop.

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