Who’s coming?

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The posters are all out in the village and surrounding area – you can’t miss our enormous banners on the A41 – so here’s the roll call of stallholders who’ll be at this year’s Spring Market.

Don’t forget it’s Mother’s Day on 26th March! You’ll find a selection of lovely gifts at The Pantry – from jewellery, handbags and accessories to pottery, ceramics and handmade fudge. And Paul is sure to have the perfect card!

Zena Ashdown: Gorgeous and affordable handbags

Jennie Bosher: Handmade decorations and cards, knitted cushions and toys

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

Horton Accessories: Fine accessories for women, men and the home

Kim’s Jewels: Fun and affordable jewellery and scarves

Colin Nicholls: Functional domestic pottery that is simple, beautiful and safe in the dishwasher and microwave

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, usually propagated from plants in their own garden

William Rolls Ceramics: Salt-glazed earthenware ceramic sculptures inspired by nature – a big hit at the Christmas Market!

Woodstock Fudge Company: Delicious homemade fudge using traditional methods and ingredients – NEW

Waddesdon Deli : A Pantry regular, Sandy’s stall sells delicious home-cured and home-smoked produce, cheeses and more

We also have the following regular attractions …

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

General Store: Including products from the Cornfield Bakery, Jim and Jules, Shaken Oak Mustard, our own Piddington Village Apple Juice, and our own Piddington Chutney, both made from fruit grown in the village

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

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 dazzling duo of Maggie and Karen and a 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!

The Pantry Spring Market

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Mutual support is good for everyone

Driving back from Sandford Market this morning with a couple of friends, having had a delicious breakfast, chatted to some people who have supported The Pantry in the past (hello Jill!) and picked up some local bread and meat, plus a few Christmas stocking fillers for the family (including me!), we got to talking about how our visit had not only been enjoyable but also had given us the chance to look at The Pantry with fresh eyes.

I must say, we all felt a great sense of pride in what has been achieved in Piddington over the last year – a bit like proud parents, I suppose. Seeing the buzz of activity at Sandford, we marvelled at how the people who organise it manage to put on a market every week – hats off to them for an amazing effort!

It also gave us fresh heart and the impetus we needed to start pulling together our Christmas Market on 7 December. At this dank, dreary time of year, it’s all too easy to stay indoors, huddled over the fire, and ignore anything that needs a bit of effort. Visiting the market this morning brought home to us all just how important it is to resist these tendencies and support all the people who are working so hard to bring life to their communities. I wrote in an earlier piece about how volunteering can be good for your health. We decided this morning that mutual support like this can have huge benefits for the health of a community – and of course you can have great fun while you’re doing it.

So please look out for those local community markets and go along for a coffee or to buy a few things. If you’re stuck for ideas, there are lots of event-listing websites, e.g. Where Can We Go? And, of course, don’t forget to come along and support your very own community market on 7 December, 10am til 2pm. It’ll be great!

Our very first market, Christmas 2012.
Our very first market, Christmas 2012.

The Pantry Christmas Market – our first anniversary!

Can you believe it? The Pantry is a year old! Come and help us celebrate our first anniversary at the Christmas Market on Saturday 7 December 2013, 10am–2pm.

Because it’s Christmas, we’ve put together a selection of stalls offering interesting local gifts and crafts – including unusual handmade jewellery, silk scarves and accessories from Shalotte, decorative art dolls and cushions from Jenny Bowen-Pine, Kathy Chalk’s exquisite decorative glass pieces (very popular last Christmas), plus handbags from Alison Court, a selection of accessories for that hard-to-buy-for man in your life from Horton Accessories, and more still being finalised. A full list of craft stallholders will be posted soon.

In the General Store we’ll be featuring some seasonal specials. If your Christmas decorations seem a little tired, freshen them up with some new Christmas lights from the selection we’ll have for sale. Who knows, we may even put on a display to rival that well-known garden centre just up the road. We’re making up some pretty gift baskets – lined with our trademark red gingham! Or you could buy one of our Pantry cotton bags and make up your own gift bag filled with local produce.

And don’t forget the garden birds. Also on the General Store we’ll be offering bird seed and fat balls in packs of a suitable size for gifts.

Of course, it wouldn’t be The Pantry without a range of stalls offering the best of local produce, so you’ll find, for example, the very popular local butcher Peter Goss, who’ll be bringing a selection of high-quality locally sourced meats and poultry, Bucksum selling their top-class salads and vegetables, Jim and Jules with their delicious chutneys and jams (including a special Piddington variety, made with a villager’s apples!), the Waddesdon Deli Co. offering their delicious goodies and The Little Shop of Cheese providing an array of cheeses, many of which are packed to make them suitable as gifts for the foodie in your life.

The Piddington Bakers will be back with their fabulous array of scrumptious homemade cakes. All the profit from their stall will go towards the repair work that is needed on the church, so please support them by buying a cake (or two … or three …).

There’ll also be great offers and promotions on Pantry food and drink – including deals you can’t afford to miss on our popular local beer and cider stall.Our Biermeister is keen to get you tasting and comparing brews from Oxfordshire Ales, Vale Brewery and XT Brewing Co. Buy a case and mix and match the beers you choose.

Outside, we’ll be selling rock salt to keep your paths safe, and we hope that Nick Wallington will be taking orders for Christmas trees, as he did last year.

If all that isn’t enough reason to come along and join us at The Pantry Christmas Market, then do I need to mention the coffee shop, with its tempting aroma of bacon baps wafting around the village hall (sorry, veggies!)?  Plus – as it’s a special occasion, what with it being our first anniversary as well as Christmas – we’re planning one or two extra treats.

Remember, save the date – 7 December.

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.

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!

Phew, what a scorcher! Cool off with Pimm’s at The Pantry

There’ll also be The Piddington Bakers, strawberries and cream, news about the transformation of Widnell Park into a nature reserve and details of how you can help, lots of new stallholders and some old favourites, delicious things to buy and, of course, the popular coffee shop with its fantastic bacon baps.

Why would you want to spend a sunny Saturday morning anywhere else?

And, once again, please don’t worry about the road closure signs – all roads into Piddington will be accessible.

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