Friday, 16 December 2011

Farmers Markets, Craft Fairs and Giveaway Results

This weekend sees the end of an era.  We are doing our last Craft Fair on Saturday and then on Sunday our final Farmers Market in Tetsworth Village Hall, we did our final Great Haseley one last Sunday and went out with a flourish, with lots of bargains for the customers and lots of good wishes for us (and a box of handmade chocolates off one of my favourite customers).

Over the last three years the stock has changed slightly, going over to more handmade and homegrown lavender goodies and away from the bought in things I used to sell in my little lavender shop in Cumbria.

But always we had fun setting up stall and enticing the customers over with the lovely soothing smell of lavender.  During the Summer we sold lots of freshly laid free range eggs, Lovely Hubby's worm tea and compost and took orders for our lovely pork products.

It's been an interesting three years, we've had stalls in all sorts of places, village halls, town centre squares........

... windy deserted car parks, thanks to Jason our Gazebo didn't blow away, but he had to hang on tight!!

The best seller has always been my handmade soaps and loose lavender, with Essential oils coming in a close third.

It really is the end of an era, but one which although we've enjoyed thoroughly, will be happy to see the back of.  No more trying to feed animals in the dark and then getting changed and trying to get away on time, lugging boxes and boxes of stuff in and out of the car, trying to set up stalls on windy days or desperately trying to get warm in freezing cold village halls.

Next year in our bid for self sufficiency we will be concentrating on ourselves, growing for ourselves and making for ourselves and we are really looking forward to it.

And the winner of my little giveaway the other day chosen by a random generator thingy (which I could not figure out how to pop into the Blog (sorry)) is number 21 which is.....


If you drop me an email Shaheen with your address, I will post you a little selection of the goodies I have been selling over the last few weeks at our Farmers Markets and Craft Fairs. (My email address is on my righthand side bar.)

Oh ......and yesterday in the words of Margo Leadbetter  .... 'Christmas was delivered'.  Our yearly luxury hamper from Lovely Hubbys generous contract agency arrived and is now snuggled next to the Christmas tree holding lots of yummy treats for us for the festive season.

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas.

Sue xx


  1. I'm sure that the contents are wonderful....but the hamper itself is divine!
    Congrats Shaheen!
    Jane x

  2. I know what you mean about seeing 'the back' of selling crafts. We did it for 7 years to eek out our money when times were really hard. We too were glad to not have to get up early, drive miles, be in cold places for days on end, never knowing what might or might not sell. Now we are back to doing for friends and family, I really love it again. Lovely basket too, enjoy it.

  3. I have never had a hamper and yours looks wonderful.

    That soap looks good enough to eat. Is it easy to make? Do you have a 'recipe' please? And do you need lots of special items to make it.

  4. Hey Sue,

    Have fun at the last market... I am really sorry (again) I haven't been by much lately. Christmas insanity. Hope all is going well with your new companion and that you are teaching her the value of a nice sit down and a copy of Country Living. (To read, not chew).

    Love Charlotte

  5. I am so excited about your new move and projects. I have a feeling 2012 is going to be your year Sue!

    Sft x


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