Like there aren’t already enough things to swallow-up any available time that we might occasionally get, last weekend, we decided to accept a rather gracious invitation from Dartmoor National Park Authority to trundle over the moor into sunny Princetown, there to peddle our wares before unsuspecting muggles at the DNPA’s 2019 Summer Fair.
The fickle Dartmoor weather gods smiled upon us and the sun blazed down for a large part of the day which, in turn, brought out a pleasingly generous number of hungry fair-goers – the vast majority of whom seemed happy enough to dive into our tester pots with gusto.
Having no real clue as to how successful this one might be for us – and, if we’re being honest, having been primarily interested in getting some quality time with DNPA’s retail team rather than looking to clean-up at market – we were more than happy with the amount of stock that didn’t make its way back into the trusty Hilux at the end of the day.
Being the only jam-monger amongst a room full of rather talented painters, printers, photographers & sculptors was hardly the worst thing that could have happened, and so the day ended-up being both rewarding and highly enjoyable – especially as the super-attentive DNPA volunteers seemed hell-bent on making a certain greedy pig even more well-upholstered than he already is, constantly proffering tea, coffee, custard creams and even a cheeky drop of Dartmoor Brewery’s ‘Jail Ale’. Heaven!
Moreover, it turned-out that there was a wee bit of spare time to engage in chit-chat with the DNPA retail officer. Further, potentially quite exciting news to follow…
Right now we’re knee-deep in labels, lids, jars and maslin pans, furiously hulling strawberries and blanching runner beans to fully replenish stocks in time for Dartmoor National Park Authority’s summer fair.
We’re delighted to have been invited along to DNPA’s annual celebration of all things Dartmoorish and we’re really looking forward to introducing an unsuspecting public to our jammy gems & fruity fripperies.
So, if you plan to wander around the moors on Saturday 27th July desperately searching for home-made preserves, then you’re likely to be in luck. Likewise, if you suddenly feel the need to reserve yourself a box of mouth-wateringly scrummy home-reared, organically-fed Tamworth pork, then get yourself over to Princetown. We’ll see you there!
As we’ve already discussed, from tiny acorns mighty oaks doth grow, and in the grub market finding your first retail outlet is an essential part of this arboreal odyssey.
Everyone needs to forge partnerships – Louis Noilly had Claudius Prat, Thomas Huntley had George Palmer, Anne Harvey had James Nichols and, in our case, our partner in crime is the rather splendid Ullacombe Farm Shop & Barn Café where, from this week, you’ll be able to bag yourself a sample of our jammy gems and fruity fripperies.
We’re starting off with a salvo of sweet-toothed specials that includes our popular strawberry preserve (as used by our chums at B&B to the stars Yarner House and mentioned in despatches by none other than the Sunday Telegraph), a rather luscious lemon curd, a rich, sticky pear conserve and our new but nevertheless well received cheeky chilli jelly.
For a limited time we’re tempting potential new devotees to the Greedy Pig’s Pantry brand with some keen pricing, so if you’re in the area then get down there and stock-up today! For those of you in more far-flung corners of the county/country/globe we’re still working on the website shop, so bear with us – we’re getting there. Albeit slowly!
After a frantic few days of preparation, last Sunday saw us heading off for our first ever market, with the Greedy Pig’s Pantry logo emblazoned upon a whole host of jams, curds, pickles, tinctures & liqueurs.
Given that neither of us has any great experience in flogging home-made wares to unsuspecting punters at country house Christmas fairs, the first hour or so was a little nervy, with the two of us constantly rearranging the serried assemblage of conserves and generally dithering about the place looking awkward. After a while the penny finally dropped that we were acting more than a little ‘Edward & Tubbs Tattsyrup‘ and so we opted for a tag-team approach for the rest of the day. This strategy was clearly the way forward as we then went on to sell a huge amount of produce, clearing over 90% of the stock we took with us (and therefore 90% of the stock we have to sell – full stop).
Apart from gathering-in piles of filthy lucre, the thing that struck me as most heartening was the response which we managed to elicit from the folks visiting our little stand. In almost every case we received entirely positive noises – concerning the brand itself, the logo and label artwork, about the choice of jars & bottles we’d opted for and, last but not least, the quality of the jams, pickles & tinctures we were trying-out on willing guinea pigs throughout the day. As far as maiden voyages go this one was pretty much the perfect event – and a surprisingly pleasant way to spend a chilly December Sunday.
Certainly, the whole experience has had a profound impact upon our general attitudes toward selling Greedy Pig’s Pantry products via the market stall, and so the new year will undoubtedly find us scouring local papers for signs of artisan food fairs, farmers markets, spring fayres and the like.
Turns out we’re more competent retailers than we’d anticipated. We even managed to get the card machine to work!