Sunday, 1 February 2009

Iwade Village Farmer's Market



The first famer’s market took place today and was a huge success. Hundreds of people flocked to see what fresh produce was on sale which included fresh organic bread, local meat, eggs, cakes, vegetables, plants and chutney & pickles to name but a few. Many people travelling from other areas including Medway, Maidstone and surrounding villages. And it snowed today and people were still walking around even in the sub zero temperatures. At one point the village hall was so full you couldn't see to the other side!



I had a stall with Derek White (thank you for putting up with me all day!) selling Bennett Opies produce http://www.b-opie.com/goto.php?ref=y&sess=x0u0p0n0c0l0g0d0 (chutney, pickled onions and peaches in brandy). They are a local company in Sittingbourne and have been around since 1880. I had to prepare the peaches and pickled onions last night and loved cutting up the peaches as I got to drink the juice from all the jars! Well not all 12 jars but most of them. They sold out today at the farmer's market, no wonder as my sales pitch with drinking the juice must have done the trick (hic!)

A big thank you to Sasha Carrington-Dawkins, Lisa Older, Janet Gregory and PCSO Lindsay Woods for all the organising, it was hard work but really worth it. And to Lindsay for her support with providing advice and supplying stall holders with anti-counterfeit torches to check all the notes being headed over. And also to me for all the advertising in shops, newspapers, radio stations to name a few. It was great fun promoting such a great event. I just can't wait for the next one on March 1st.

Thank you also to the Featherbed Farm Shop for sponsoring this event and for all the people who took part and for everyone who attended to support this event.

If you missed this one don’t worry as the next farmers market will be held on Sunday 1st March and starts at 10am. If you are a local business and are interested in having a table, please speak to Sasha Carrington-Dawkins on 01795 554262. (nothing like advertising early!)

2 comments:

Gary Jen Sammie and Ruby said...

Might try and make the next one!!

eight by six said...

Thanks I look forward to catching up with you. The next one is Sunday 1st March and 4 new stalls will be there.