Pick your own Pantry

We always like to welcome new stallholders to The Pantry, but potential stallholders need to know about the markets before they can ask to come.

You can help!

If, when you’re out and about locally, you spot a stall that you’d like us to have at a market next year, we’d be really grateful if you could mention The Pantry to the stallholder, and ask them to get in touch with us if they’d like to attend.

We’re particularly interested in inviting food stalls, and of course anything handmade or locally produced, but we’ll be happy to consider any type of stall as long as there’s a local connection.

We’ve produced a flyer (see below) containing all the key information potential stallholders will need. It’s small enough to keep handy in car or bag, to give to anyone who is interested in selling at The Pantry.

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Download The Pantry flyer here

 (The link takes you to a page from where you can download the file. Sorry for the faff – at the moment it’s the only way of attaching a PDF.)

The flyers are printed four to a page, like this:

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You’ll need to cut them up into four separate little flyers, ready to give to potential stallholders!

If you are a potential stallholder yourself, we’d love to hear from you!

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Would you like a stall at The Pantry?

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Are you a local craftsperson, supplier of locally sourced food or drink, or something similar, looking for a new outlet to sell your wares?

The Pantry always welcomes new stallholders, as this helps make each market a unique event. So if you’re tempted, or know of anyone – either foodie or crafty – who might be interested in selling their wares at The Pantry, please contact us on 01869 320950 or email kenhowardc10@gmail.com.

The fee for a stall is a very reasonable £10, and we usually do get a good number of potential customers coming to each market.

Of course, we’re very happy to see lots of old friends too, so if you’ve had a stall at a previous market but haven’t been for a while, do get in touch if you’d like to come again.

If you can’t make the date of the next market (18 April), dates for the remaining markets in 2015 are: 8 August and 5 December.

Spring Market – save the date

It seems hardly any time at all since my last post, but here we are at the beginning of another year, only slightly soggy in Piddington. If you’re reading this in a part of the country that has suffered more serious flooding, or if you’re battling ice storms or searing temperatures (yes, amazingly we do have followers in the USA and Australia!), I hope things get better for you soon.

After the excitement of the Christmas Market and our first anniversary, we’ve all had a well-earned rest here at Pantry HQ, but it’s time to come out of hibernation and start getting things ready for the Spring Market. This will happen on 15 March, between 10am and 2pm.

Spring officially begins on 20 March – so hang the spring cleaning and come and have some Mad March fun at The Pantry.

We can always use more help, so if you’d like to be involved, we’d love to have you as part of the team.

To volunteer, contact Maggie Pearce (tel. 01844 237688; email maggie@piddingtonvillageoxfordshire.org.uk).

If you’d like to run your own stall, or share a stall with someone else, contact Ken Howard on 01869 320950 or kenhowardc10@gmail.com.

More details to follow as things begin to come together. Stay warm – it’ll soon be spring!

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A closer look: Jim & Jules Big Adventure

Do you know, in exactly one month, it’ll be Boxing Day! By this time, you’ll have demolished the turkey (or whatever festive alternative you have planned), and, if you’re anything like me, you’ll be looking forward to the real highlight of the festive season – days of picking at a variety of cold meats, stuffings, cheeses, breads, savoury biscuits, etc. And what’s the essential accompaniment to all these delights? Why, a good range of pickles and chutneys and jellies, of course, preferably homemade.

Another stallholder new to The Pantry can supply these delicious comestibles, to make your Christmas feast even more delicious. Jim & Jules Big Adventure will be bringing all sorts of good things – as well as much festive spirit and cheer. A real special this year is their Piddington Christmas Chutney, made by them with apples grown in our village. They will also have their Christmas special editions including Boxing Day Badboy, which is always a hit, Cranberry and Red Onion Yummo, Hearty Ale Chutney and Cranberry Sauce.

If you’d like to pre-order anything for collection on the day, please contact them directly in good time before market day. You can phone them on 07976 284746 or send an email to jules@jimandjules.co.uk.

We’re looking forward to welcoming Jim & Jules to Piddington, so please say hello to them at the market.

A closer look: creative jewellery and crafts

At the Christmas Market there’ll be several stallholders who you won’t have seen before. To give you a sneaky peek at what’ll be on offer, I’ll focus on some of our new stallholders in this and future blogs.

To make sure you find a gift for everyone on your list, we’re featuring a wider than usual range of people who make a variety of arts and crafts. Three of these talented craftspeople come from the same family. Two sisters, Abigail and Naomi, collectively known as Shalotte, make their own designer range of beautiful and original luxury copper jewellery, silk jewellery and accessories, while their mother, Jenny, makes creative decorative art dolls and gorgeous cushions for the home. They all live and work in Oxfordshire, and everything they sell is 100% handmade by them.

You can see examples of their work on their websites: Shalotte showcases the work of the sisters collectively, but all three have their own individual websites too: for a closer look, follow the links for Abigail, Naomi and Jenny.

If you’d like to pre-order anything for collection on the day, please contact the maker directly in good time before market day. Contact details for all three ladies can be found on their websites.