Wednesday, 24 March 2010

The UK's first Underground Farmers Market (not literally underground, and not actual farmers)

When I was about 10 years old, my best friend Melissa and I had a stall at a market. It was a market held once a month in the car park of a shopping centre. We sold wooden boxes that we'd decoupaged. My grandma, Neen, came and, feeling incredibly sorry for us and our rather pitiful stall, spent $40 and bought everything in the stall. Since that time, I've preferred to stick to the other side of the stall table; test tasting different types of pesto, buying boxes of cup cakes, choosing a cute brooch for a friend. This weekend however, will see me back behind the stall table ...
This Sunday
Ms Marmite Lover has arranged the UK's first Underground Farmers Market. It's a concept that's up and running in San Francisco and it's about to happen here in London! Ms Marmite Lover has organised a brilliant day with supper club owners and food bloggers setting up stalls and doing demonstrations all over Ms Marmite Lover's house. I'll be selling napkins (above), similar to the ones we have at our supper club. Here's a sneak peak at what else is happening:

Aforkfulofspaghetti will sell her chocolate goods
The Shed supperclub will sell food and her mum will sell her knitted kitchenware and is available for a knitting surgery
New supperclub hostess @MissJordi_M and Crumbelina will be selling cupcakes and other baked goods possibly from my bedroom
Alexis, supperclub hostess of Lexeats will sell gorgeously kitsch 50s handmade serviettes
Soups, stews, cakes and marmalade from Kitchenconfidential
Gloria Nicol of The Laundry will be bringing screenprinted kitchen textiles and preserves
Vegan cafe Pogo cafe will be showing their fermented food (kimchee), vegan baked goods, vegan walnut and cashew cheese.
Food blogger Kavita of Kaveyeats will be selling her authentic indian chutneys and jams
Paladar hostesses Carla and Lesley of The Secret Gardens will sell Spanish goods and tortilla espanola...ole!
Blogger and crafter extraordinaire BelgianWaffling will be selling her 'arse biscuits' and other handmade items...
Charlie Beldam of Cotswold Gold who will be selling his rapeseed oil
Euroburner Emily of House of Chutney will be selling Peach Date & Chilli, Beetroot & Orange and Spiced Tomato chutneys with tempero, a garlic seasoning
The Hatcham supperclub hostess Rachael Curzons will be selling her curds
Supperclub hostess Kitchen Jezebel of The Last Supperclub will be talking and demonstrating how to make natural cosmetics & selling craftware
Scarlett Cannon, allotmenteer, will sell her t-shirts and plants
Samphire will be coming from Norfolk to sell their prize winning sausages and pies (Giles Coren's favourite pie)
Porridgelady, current holder of the speciality trophy for the Golden Spurtle World Porridge Making Championships, will be showing how to make the perfect bowl of porridge and selling spurtles!
Little Miss Delicious will be selling her handmade jewellery
Emily Boyce and her friend Immy will be selling veggie sausage rolls, cheese straws, savoury biscuits etc, homemade pasta and sauces, candles in tea cups (made by her sister) and biscuits, fruit compotes and granola.
Jane Ennis will be selling knitwear
Potters Lane Bakery will be selling baked goods...
Dazzle1411 offer a wide range of bespoke products covered in crystals such as handmade phone covers for Blackberries
MarciaVidal will be selling handmade jewellery,
IsisImaginings will be selling handmade cards
James Phillips of Dose Espresso will be giving a coffee making demo and selling cups of coffee.
Suki & Me will be selling their Alice in Wonderland inspired chocs, biscuits and cakes.
Deaba will be selling pitta bites, spicy plantain balls and blackeye beans savoury cakes
Moelfaban supperclub from Wales will be selling Welsh fare...
White Room Supperclub will be selling their German baking...Easter chocolates and cookies
Paintings and watercolours by Margaret Rodgers

Demo schedule:
The kitchen:
2.30 coffee demo by Dose Espresso
3.00 How to make great porridge by Porridge Lady
3.30 Mama Lan shows how to make chinese dumplings
4. 00 msmarmitelover's focaccia shots
4.30 how to make paneer cheese by joginder supperclub
5.00 handyface shows and talks about cheesemaking in peckham
5.30 Neil Spencer will be talking about astrology and food

Outside...basket weaving by Terence McSweeney
Elsewhere knitting surgery by The Shed's mum
Isis will be showing how to make cards
Kitchen Jezebel will talk and show how to make own cosmetics

Check out
Ms Marmite Lover's blog for more information on how to book tickets (they are a measly £5.50 each) and do come along with your cash and enthusiasm and support all the first time stall holders and cooking demonstrators!


theundergroundrestaurant said...

When I was a kid I used to set up shop in my bedroom doorway and try and sell my toys to passerby. The only passerby was my mum.
Point is I think we all like playing shops sometimes...
Looking forward to seeing your wonderful napkins and whatever else you have x

Melissa said...

Lexi - you are forgetting that my decoupaged door stops were a big seller that day... my mum bought 4 of them. Good luck this weekend! Mel Xo

Craig said...

How you all going to cramp into the house?!

Sounds like it should be a fun day - shame I'm going to be away this weekend.

Hope you sell plenty of the napkins and have more success than when you were 10!

Gourmet Chick said...

Good luck Lex! The napkins look super cute.

aforkfulofspaghetti said...

Loving our napkins already, Lex - can we order some more?