An interesting email appeared in my inbox a couple of weeks ago from from the organisers of the Sedbergh Artisan Market. For some years at the market they had a maker of excellent preserves, Sarah M but Sarah has stopped doing markets now so there is an opportunity for a new preserve-maker to take a stall.
Local craftsperson, Laura Rosenzweig, of Laura’s Loom in Sedbergh, must have come across my preserves so she put the organisers of the Market in touch with me.
The Sedbergh Artisan Market looks to be an interesting and rather jolly affair. It runs from April to September (no standing around in the winter with only a handful of customers to cheer one on), it’s open from 8.30am until 3pm (civilised) and is a showcase of local arts, crafts and regional food, all offered for sale by the artisans themselves.
I am currently madly making lots of marmalades, jams and pickles to take along this coming Saturday, 25 August, you can see how far I’ve got from the photo here. Son Tom is lending a hand, always good to have youth and muscle to help. He’s a good salesperson too.
I’ve not done a market stall before, only village fairs, so it will be fun, I like ‘playing wee shops’, I’m keen to see what it’s like to set up a stall, meet the customers and hopefully they will leave with some preserves in their shopping bags.
Sedbergh itself is a lovely little town. It nestles below the Howgill Fells in the glorious Yorkshire Dales. The narrow streets with their old honey-coloured stone buildings are charming. Sedbergh is known as a ‘book town’ and attracts many visitors to its autumn Book Festival.
Sedbergh now is something of a magnet for foodies. The owner/chefs of the renowned Three Hares Café have recently taken over and renovated the Black Bull Hotel. The many other cafes and pubs in the town fortify visitors to the market.
Tom and I will have our thermos tucked in a basket under the stall table, keeping ourselves refreshed while we sell our wares and we may well sample something delicious from one of the other market stalls.