This Sunday’s market is of course competing with the Olympics, but we hope we will emerge a winner.
As always there are thirty or so stalls selling a wide range of foods and goods. The old favourites naturally will be there: Ruben’s Bake House for Artisan breads, Sugar Maddy Cakes for gorgeous cakes and cupcakes, Noggin Farm for sausages, pork and bacon baps, and Charlie Bale’s lovely textiles and cushions.
There are also several new stalls this month. We have often been asked for a stall selling olives. We haven’t quite got there yet. But Avlaki Oils sell single estate 100 per cent organic extra virgin gourmet olive oil from their estate on the island of Lesvos. The oils have a sensational taste and are best drizzled over vegetables after steaming or with a touch of lemon on salads. Or just served with bread for dunking.
Poultry is another product we are asked for. We are still looking for a supplier of chickens., but this month we welcome Duck Unlimited which sells various duck products, such as cassoulet of duck, duck chili con carne, duck cottage pies, three types of duck sausages and more, as well as food to be enjoyed there and then, obviously all made with duck!
Since the market began almost a year ago we have had a number of jewellery stalls. Often they only are with us for a month or two before they need time to replenish their stocks. In August we welcome Victorious Bee with a range of handmade jewellery, combining exceptional design and the finest materials to create a collection of very beautiful things. They say that their pieces are created to be worn for their beauty alone, rather than to follow fashion. Another new stall is Leaping Lizard, which is a young children’s clothing range. Artisan dyeing processes and printing are just two fo the unique techniques that go into creating this beautiful collection.
The profit we make supports local charities. So far we have given away nearly £2000 to charities. At this months market we’ll be giving £500 to the Vineyard Community Trust on Richmond Hill to help their work with the homeless and £300 to the Friends of Abbeyfield House in Kew to support the elderly residents. There are also charity stalls at most markets. In August the stall will be run by the Barn Church who will be selling used books.
We welcome applications from charities who operate within the borough both to have stalls and for grants, details are on our website. We are also looking for volunteers to help on market days to set up and take down stalls, manage traffic and staff the market stall. If you would like to know more, please get in touch.
We are looking forward to seeing you on Sunday.