Overwhelmed by aubergines? Can’t face another courgette?

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The Pantry can help!

We welcome donations of surplus vegetables from all you green-fingered gardeners out there, as we can sell them on the General Store. If you have anything suitable, please bring it along to the village hall next Saturday morning before the market begins. There’ll be people around from 9.00am.

We’ve talked for a long time about how lovely it would be to offer villagers’ produce to fellow villagers, but the markets so far have never been at quite the right time. Now, however, the action on the vegetable plot can get a bit fast and furious, so we hope people will be encouraged to donate some of their summer glut to help village funds.

We’ve posted the notice below around the village – strategically, on the allotment gates! – but please pass on the message to people who might not hear about it otherwise.

The Pantry have decided to donate 50% of the profits of the Summer Market towards the purchase of a defibrillator for the village. So your surplus produce might even help to save a life someday.

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Who’s (finally) coming?

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 gaia.products@outlook.com

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.

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A browse around the General Store

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When we started the market, we were all completely new to stocking and running a stall selling locally made high-quality foods and toiletries, and to be honest we had no idea of what would be popular and what wouldn’t. We wanted to offer as wide a range as possible of items that were a little bit special, but that were also affordable. We’ve offered a variety of products in the General Store over the last couple of years, but there are some ranges that people now ask for specifically, and which disappear very quickly!

Of course, the artisan breads from the Cornfield Bakery are always extremely popular, as are the tasty savoury products from Just Biscuits and the appealing little waxed cheeses from Little Shop of Cheese. But what is a hunk of cheese without a good tangy chutney or pickle?

Jim and Jules are a small family business making top-notch jellies, chutneys and pickles from locally sourced produce, and we find that once people have sampled their wares, they come back for more. Last year, they made a special Christmas chutney for us, using Piddington apples (provided by Karen and Derek – thank you!), which was hugely popular.

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This year, we’ll again be selling the little gift sets ‘A Piddington Pair’ – a jar of Piddington Christmas Chutney paired with a jar of Rosemary’s Hedgerow Jam in a ready labelled gift bag. Honestly, you couldn’t get a more local and unique gift for a foodie friend! As well as our own special chutney, you’ll find some other delicious-sounding items made by Jim and Jules (unless someone else has snapped them up first):

  • Jim and Jules Onion & Chilli Gubbins
  • Apple & Chilli Jelly
  • Pops’ Perfect Piccalilli
  • Beetroot & Orange
  • Hearty Ale Chutney – made with beer from Tring Brewery
  • Jingleberry Jelly – a very special edition made with Hedgerow fruits after a family forage along the canals
  • Cranberry & Red Onion
  • Quince & Apple Jelly – made with Quince from Jim and Jules’s village
  • Green Tomato Chutney – made with Tomatoes from Jim and Jules’s greenhouse

Jacobs

Another much loved range is Jacobs Field Lavender. These toiletries are made from extracted oils produced from lavender grown in Jacobs Field in Islip, Oxfordshire. The venture is an inspiring example of ‘land share’, bringing together like-minded people who own land with those who would like to share and cultivate it for a greater good. Profits are given to local charities; local schoolchildren come to learn about growing veg, and there are beehives producing honey. The products themselves are gorgeous. You’ll find all your favourites – Hand Cream, Hand Wash, Linen Water, Moisture Lotion, Pillow Spray – but you’ll also be among the first to try their brand-new products – Body Butter, Body Latte and Essential Oil. We’ll be selling Jacobs Field Lavender products in beautifully presented ready labelled gift bags, to make your life a bit simpler. If you buy two or more products, the gift bag is free.

There are lots more interesting products on the General Store. Why not make up your own hamper from the tempting array of goods on offer? Ask for a basket at the stall.

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A closer look: GladBags

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.

Minimal transport costs; no slave labour!

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