Saturday, 3 April 2010

The UK's first Underground Farmers Market - the post mortem

Last Sunday was the UK's first Underground Farmers Market, held in the home of Ms Marmite Lover. I wrote about the market in the lead up and I was very excited to have my own stall selling the type of mismatched (kindly described by Ms Marmite Lover as "vintage") napkins we use for our supper club.
Well the day was a huge success. Ms ML literally opened up her home to approximately 200 market goers, and over 30 supper club hosts/hostesses and food bloggers who set up stalls. There was beer sold from the bath-tub; cocktail making from an ironing board; cupcakes, brownies and jewellery sold from Ms ML's bedroom; demonstrations on porridge making, cheese making (see my very bad photo at the end of this post of the cheese making demo - I didn't want to use the flash in the middle of the demo), mini foccacia bread and an astrology lecture from the kitchen; the living room was filled with gorgeous chutneys, pickles, Chinese pancakes, more cupcakes, all sorts of biscuits & cakes, aprons; South American yumminess in the pantry; the back verandah was heaving with more delicious cakes and t'shirts; the garden held stalls selling curd, rare breed pork pies, coffee and (yes, more) cakes; whilst the back shed was the location for knitted goods, more food, baskey weaving and hand made cards. I'm exhausted just remembering it all!
Most people had never had a stall before and many had never even tried to sell their own wares to members of the public, so for many people it was a huge confidence boost. For example, my stall was set up next to the lovely Hatcham Supper Club hostess (with the ever supportive Mr Hatcham Supper Club always at hand) who was selling her lemon, apricot and rhubarb & rose curds (using her great grandmother, Violet's, double boiler) - they were a huge success and many people were salivating, wanting to know how to get their hands on more of this delicious stuff. No doubt many others had similar experiences, which is great and what the market was partly about.
Unfortunately I haven't got many photos from inside the house, but do check out these links below for the different reports from stall holders positioned through out the house:
You can also read a couple of press articles:
I greatly enjoyed being part of the market; meeting many other supper club hosts and also many foodie members of the public.
Thanks Ms Marmite Lover for a very different, unique and thoroughly enjoyable day.


Sarah, Maison Cupcake said...

I was so sad when I realised I would be out of town on this weekend and miss out, it sounds like a wonderful occasion. I hope future underground farmer's markets are as good and I can visit in future.

SophR said...

Did you sell all of your 'vintage' napkins? You can bring any leftovers with you when you visit if you want :)

Gourmet Chick said...

Well done Lex - the napkins look awesome - maybe you should put a link on here to sell them via etsy or something like that?

Lex said...

Sarah - I hope there will be more events like this too!

SophR - the leftover napkins were packed in my suitcase to bring to Sydney for you and Mum, but then I read Gourmet Chick's comment ... hmmm, would others really buy them??

banksy canvas said...

Oh how wonderful, looks like a lovely market. Haven't had to the time to get to one recently sadly!

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