Last Sunday saw us launch our first stall at the Duck Pond Market in Ruislip, about two miles from where we live. It’s a great local artisan market where everything which is sold is local and ethical, and we’d visited a couple of times before and liked what we found. The market is held at the Great Barn which has a courtyard out the front and a green out the back so there’s an awful lot to see and buy if you go.
We’d spent a fortnight making all of our produce for the market – dog biscuits (George was on hand to help with quality control, naturally), bucket-loads of fudge (lemon, chocolate and Irish cream), chocolate pretzel bites, lemon biscuits and truffles (chocolate orange and chilli-chocolate). It was a completely crazy two weeks and I felt as though I’d never get out of the kitchen; we also had little idea how much to make as it was our first stall – I went through panics that we’d never manage to make enough and would end up running out at lunchtime, thus getting into trouble with the market organisers, or that we’d make far too much and have to chuck it in the bin afterwards.
The weather was utterly pants on the day, but lots of friends and family popped down to see us which was great, and even though it poured down for most of the day we ended up being quite busy. The free samples were definitely a boon to our sales, although some people tried eating the dog biscuits too so a sign was hastily made and put next to the plate. We met several of the other stallholders too, all of whom were friendly and cheerful (especially Sita and John from Diddy Decor who were right next to us and became unwitting guinea-pigs for our sweets while we were setting up).
We had a brilliant day (even though we came home tired, wet and cold), and are really excited about going back again next month. So many people said such lovely things about our food and it’s really encouraged us.
And the quantities? Well, we ended up with some leftovers… so the following day we dropped the dog biscuits to the Dogs Trust (George would have liked them but we don’t want him ending up looking like the Moog) and took the sweet treats into our respective places of work. I’m pleased to say that they didn’t last long – a very positive sign of things to come…