Tuesday, 14 September 2010

Welcome to the Great Haseley Farmers Market....

Welcome to the Great Haseley Farmers Market, step in the door and join us.
~ Watch in wonder as rough wool is spun into the loveliest yarn for knitting.....
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...or turning into these gorgeous little felted baskets.
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Across the hall Caroline on the fruit stall will tell you what's in season now...
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and sell you the ingredients for the freshiest seasonal lunch.
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Back on the other side, there's the brilliant Berkshire Pig Company selling their wares....
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...sausages, black puddings, bacon.....the list goes on and on.
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And what goes well with bacon, why lovely fresh Free Range Eggs of course, supplied by my ladies (zero air miles here!!).
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Next, step up to Soumyas' stall, our newest recruit she contact me through the Blog and now here she is.....
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...with the yummiest looking chocolates....see I said 'yummiest looking chocolates', I was good, maybe too good and kept my diet firmly in my mind.....but it was a close run thing.....milk chocolate surrounding white chocolate......mmmm!
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Feeling thirsty.....then grab your free tea or coffee, still got that lovely bacon on your mind...
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...well there's someone working hard behind the scenes preparing you a bacon butty all of your own...
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...he wouldn't show me his face....only his bacon, supplied by the Berkshire Pig Company of course!
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Feel better after your snack, then move around the hall to the lovely lady in the corner, seen here explaining to a customer about the uses of a Lavender Rollerball. Lovely Hubby always gets me in the funniest pose on a photo!! Selling my wares from the pinkest stall in the hall, this weeks biggest sellers were my handmade cards and lavender bags. If I'm not behind the stall I'll be snapping away with my camera....they're getting used to posing for photos here!
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Now here's a man that's happy in his job.....and wouldn't you be? Selling Fine Wines for a living, dashing around the country wine tasting like mad just so the good folk of Great Haseley and surrounding villages can drink only the best!
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As a side line - a glorious little side line - he has his own bee hives somewhere nearby (secret location....shhh)and he makes his own honey, mmmm....one of Lovely Hubbys' favourite things to spread on his toast (second of course, to my Lemon Curd).
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And what would you like to have with your wine......why it would be criminal not to sample one of Nadines' delicious cakes. All hand made using the best quality ingredients......
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...and wrapped to perfection, finished with a bow.
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Now she makes the most divine Millionaires Shortbread known to man or beast, ask Rosy our Jack Russell, she pinched the last one we bought!!
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Next along the hall is Kelly, manning the Flower and Plant stall, a slow time of year for plants at the moment, we're all waiting with baited breath for her lovely display of bulbs and autumn plantings.
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While we wait, she treats, and tempts us with the prettiest little Violas in terracotta pots.....gorgeous!
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And that's it, we're back round to Carolines' Fruit and Veg stall and then the door, but it would be criminal to leave without one more trip to the chocolate stall to buy a chocolate lolly to nibble on the way home......!
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This is how I currently spend the first Sunday of every month. The Farmers Market is open from 10 am til 12 noon. We are all, the stall holders, organisers and volunteers that man the kitchen, dedicated to keeping it going, and keeping it as a useful and important part of our village, but without local support this would end.
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It's so sad when this happens, as I know only too well.... next Saturday for the final time I will be at the Tetsworth Village Hall Farmers Market, unfortunately, this has not been well supported locally and many of the stall holders have had to drop out for financial reasons, and now we are closing.
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If you have a local Farmers Market or similar, support it. You don't have to spend a fortune, a couple of purchases, even just calling in for some fruit and veg and cup of tea could be the difference between being able to use it and losing it!! Sorry if I sound like I'm preaching but everyone talks about how wonderful these Markets are, and how nice it is to be able to see the people that produce your food, but we do need support to continue.
Sue xx

3 comments:

  1. Thanks for the visit Sue, even though it is blowing a gale here I managed to stay un-windswept whilst visiting your market!!
    Know what you mean about supporting markets, I have had to leave one or two because it was costing me money and time to be there, which they all do but when you don't even cover your stall costs then you have to have a re-think and channel your energy into different markets, events and ventures which do work for you.
    I'm getting back to the sewing machine now for one such event coming up, so take care
    Sarah xx

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  2. That bacon looks lovely, I bet it doesn't leave all that white scum in the pan. Funny we were only talking about bacon and how it used to be, (back in the old days) lol.

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  3. I will make a point of visiting my own market regularly now. Helen www.happinesskindled.blogspot.com

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