Here it is.
By the way, when my mother-in-law saw this yesterday, she read ‘Special Offers’ as ‘Special Otters’. I can’t promise these at the spring market, but I do hope to spot a few March hares.
Well, the market was certainly buzzing on Saturday. It was great to see some new faces – I do hope the stallholders for whom this was their first Pantry did well and enjoyed the day.
The fact that we ran out of bacon and beer perhaps says a lot about the numbers of marketgoers. It’s a good job our local breweries are so very local, as there was some dashing out at lunchtime to replenish stocks!
Thank you, everyone who came and supported The Pantry’s second Christmas Market – all the volunteers, who worked so hard and so cheerfully, the stallholders, who brought such a variety of great products and made the market so interesting, and of course our customers, who came to buy, to sample the wares in the coffee shop, to chat with friends and neighbours, and without whom there’d be no point to The Pantry!
We’re currently sorting out some suitable dates for next year’s markets, which I’ll post as soon as they’re finalised.
Finally, you may like to read The Pantry – One Year On, written by one of the instigators and main driving force behind the project, Francesca Darby. We put the notice up on Saturday, but it was easy to miss in the general bustle, so I’ll post it here too. I think it says what we all feel about it, really. It’s been hard work, but we’ve gained a lot from it, and we hope other people have too.
Just to let you know that The Portable Pantry will be visiting the Christmas Market at Studley Wood Golf Club on 1 December, between 10 am and 2 pm. We will be selling our ‘make your own’ mini Pantry hampers, toiletry gift sets from Littlecote and Jacobs Field, and the brand new, very seasonal Christmas Spice candles.
There will also be fresh bread from Cornfield, vegetable bags from Bucksum, chutneys and jams from Jim & Jules, including our own Piddington Christmas chutney, made from apples grown in the village, delicious handmade sweet and savoury biscuits from ‘Just Biscuits’, including some festive flavours, Chiltern flavoured rapeseed oils and a selection of mustards from Shaken Oak.
And you’ll be glad to know that we’ve managed to squeeze in our popular beer stall, so we can offer you a selection of ales from our three closest breweries: Vale Brewery, XT Brewing and Oxfordshire Ales. A really exciting coup for The Pantry is that this will be the very first outing for Vale Brewery’s brand-new seasonal beer, ‘Good King Senseless’, ‘a classic Christmas Ale – dark, meaty and strong! Traditionally brewed with pale, crystal and chocolate malt and choicest whole cone hops’.
You’ll be able to catch up with some Pantry friends, as Cici-Coco, I am Japanese, The Little Shop of Cheese and St. George’s Gelato will also be coming. Plus there’ll also be a further 25 stalls of arts and crafts, gifts and jewellery made by local artisans.
So, if you are around, please come along and say hello. The last time we visited Studley Wood, for their Easter Fayre, we had to struggle through the snow to get there, so fingers crossed we don’t have a repeat performance!