It’s been a while since I last wrote, and what a roller-coaster of a few weeks it’s been! We’ve had stallholders having to drop out, and other stallholders taking their places, for those stallholders only to have to cancel at the last minute. We’ve been underbooked, overbooked, but now – like Goldilocks – we think we’re just right. Though of course there’s a week still to go, so anything might happen.
So … keeping my fingers tightly crossed that this is the final line-up, here’s who will be coming to the Summer Market next Saturday:
Tony’s Plants: Beautiful plants propagated by lovely villagers Maggie and Tony
Fish 4 You: High-quality fish, plus a range of gourmet food products, delivered free to your door.
Kirsten Kinsella-Miles: Independent consultant for Neals Yard Remedies, an award-winning range of natural organic health and beauty products, who’ll be doing mini demos, selling products, and giving advice and information.
Jillicious: Tasty, homemade preserves made in small batches from seasonal, local fruit and vegetables
Michelle Bridges: Handmade quilts, cushions, draught excluders, door stops
Penny Duncan: Textile and mixed-media pictures and cards printed from them
Alex White: An eclectic variety of home accessories and gifts, from ceramic tealight holders to reindeer hides.
Gaia Products: Delicious homemade Greek pastries and other delights, plus health-giving pine and thyme honey, from bees kept by Vass’s family in Delphi. Vass is happy for people to order items in advance and collect at the market. Contact her on 07772454411 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Horton Accessories: Chris Cox’s fine-quality accessories are always very popular at The Pantry.
Jenni Walker (The Hat Hire Company): Jenni’s is another stall that people really love, with her range of beautiful and affordable jewellery and accessories. She also sells her photographer husband Richard Walker’s mounted and framed prints, cards and calendars
Wendy Foster: Aloe vera products
Jennie Bosher: Handmade decorations and cards, knitted cushions and toys
Zena Ashdown: Bespoke handbags and baskets
Piddington Bakers: Village community stall selling delicious homemade cakes and bakes. All profits are in aid of St Nicholas’s Church fabric fund.
As well as all these stalls you’ll find the …
General Store: All your favourites, including products from the Cornfield Bakery, Jim and Jules, Shaken Oak and more.
Beer Stall: Local ales from Oxfordshire Ales, Vale Brewery Co. and XT Brewing Co. Tasters available. Make up your own case of ales. Or just come and say hello to Andrew and Ian.
Secondhand Book Stall: Have a rummage and see if you can find that modern first edition that’ll make your fortune. Or ponder over just how many John Grisham fans there can be in one village.
Pantry Raffle: Fantastic prizes! Make sure you buy a ticket!
And last but certainly not least …
The Coffee Shop: Homemade cakes from the Piddington Bakers, croissants and pain-au-chocolat from the Cornfield Bakery, legendary bacon and mushroom baps and more, all served up with frightening efficiency by the dazzling duo of Maggie and Karen and a crack team of volunteers.