Storm in a coffee cup?

I’m sorry, I really didn’t mean it when I joked about the likelihood of extreme weather at the summer Pantry. But here we are YET AGAIN, with weather warnings of gale-force winds, damaging gusts and squally showers, worrying about the marquees, the stallholders, the customers, and driving ourselves to distraction trying to think what to do for the best, to make sure that rain (and wind) doesn’t stop play tomorrow.

We must have angered the weather gods really badly, because in nearly five years, we’ve only had one market with decent weather – look, it was of such note that I wrote about it here!

But whatever disasters befall us, The Pantry always seems to come up trumps – thanks to our fantastic volunteers, our amazing stallholders and all the loyal customers that come along, through rain, wind, hail or snow, to support us and make sure we all have a brilliant day. And of course, there’s always the coffee shop, sending out those tempting aromas of mushrooms and bacon.

So think of us this afternoon, decorating the hall in the first rain we’ve had for weeks, and make sure you come and see us tomorrow. Here’s the coffee shop menu to get you in the mood.

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Too many veggies?

Calling all allotment holders, gardeners, smallholders!

We’re hoping to make this market a truly local one, featuring Piddington-grown produce. We already feature Piddington cakes and apple juice (and of course our own village cider is now very popular at the Pop Up Pub), but at this time of year we should be able to offer some home-grown veggies too.

So if your veg crop allows, we’d love to receive donations of surplus produce to sell at the market on Saturday 20 August.

Please bring any contributions to the village hall on the day after 9.30 am.

We’ve put up the notice below on the village noticeboards, but if you know of anyone who is struggling with a glut of produce, please spread the word!


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Who’s coming?


OK, here’s the roll call of stallholders who’ll be at this year’s Summer Market. There are several new people as well as your old favourites, so come along and say hello.

Carrie Crafts: Cas Mortimer’s retro sweet inspired jewellery, soaps, candles & shabby chic gifts NEW

Flooseymoo Jewellery: Caroline King’s handmade silver & semi-precious gemstone jewellery

Forever Living: Jennifer Ratcliff will be selling aloe vera products NEW

GladBags: Handmade bags for all occasions, created by Alison Court entirely out of recycled, reclaimed and rescued fabrics

Horton Accessories: Chris Cox’s fine-quality accessories for ladies, gentlemen and the home

Kim’s Jewels: Jewellery, scarves and accessories

Made in Wendy’s House: Wendy Sommerford’s handcrafted items

Nana Bebe: Simone Schumann’s handmade baby headbands and hair clips NEW

Paul’s Cards: Phoenix Christmas and birthday cards, stationery and gifts

Piddington Bakers: Village community stall selling delicious homemade cakes and bakes in aid of St Nicholas’s Church

Piddington Cottage Garden Plants: Plants grown by Maggie and Tony Pearce, mostly propagated from plants in their own garden

Usborne Books at Home: Amanda Corking will be selling a range of children’s books NEW

Waddesdon Deli Company: A Pantry regular, Sandy’s stall selling delicious home-cured and home-smoked produce, cheeses and more is always buzzing with customers

We also have the following regular attractions …

Beer Stall: Local ales from Vale Brewery Co. and XT Brewing Co.

General Store: Including products from the Cornfield Bakery, Jim and Jules, Shaken Oak Mustard and our own ‘Piddington Blend’ apple and apple-and-pear juices, made from villagers’ fruit

Pantry Raffle: Fantastic prizes! Make sure you buy a ticket

Secondhand Book Stall: You never know what gems you’ll find. Have a rummage, and see if you can identify what the book group have been reading recently

And last but certainly not least, it’s 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 Queen of the Coffee Shop, Maggie, and her crack team of volunteers

If you haven’t been to The Pantry before, come and see why it’s so popular. If you’re a Pantry regular – I’ll see you at the Coffee Shop!