Despite the weather being a little grey, cold and misty on Sunday – we had quite a successful market at Milford this Mother’s day.
The children were kept busy, with activities including: free face painting — courtesy of Sammii Warren of Bunnies Face Painting — and a Daffodil treasure hunt, disbursed throughout the various traders’ pitches.
We introduced a couple of new stalls to the market at Milford this month, including: Lallapolosa, who provide cookies, brownies and sweet treats; Arnolds condiments, with their homemade tomato ketchup and pour over sauces; and Mrs B’s Bees, with her locally produced honey, beeswax candles and honeycomb.
It was lovely to see Sussex Gold back on the market too, as his selection of rapeseed oils, marinades and salad dressings always go down well with the regulars.
Being aware it was Mothering Sunday, we stocked up and came prepared for any last minute shopping needs. One trader, Jerry Strzebrakowski of Tillingbourne Trout Farm, decided to swap hats for the day and become a customer, to see exactly what he could put together for the perfect mother’s day present. We caught up with him afterwards to find out how it went.
SWSFM: Hi Jerry, why did you decide to purchase your mother’s day present from the Farmers’ Market?
Jerry: Because I wanted to give her a gift that was unique and couldn’t be found on the everyday shopping trip. I wasn’t looking for the traditional bunch of flowers, which after a week would have ended up wilted in a vase. I wanted to buy her something that would last longer, was heartfelt, and had thought put into it.
SWSFM: So what produce did you find on offer on the day?
Jerry: I was overwhelmed at the amount and variation of produce available. After some consideration, I decided to create my own bespoke hamper.
SWSFM: What did you include in your hamper?
Jerry: I wanted to fill my hamper with products from all over Surrey, I didn’t want to focus purely on food produce, but also include locally sourced plants and crafts.
My hamper included:
Handmade soaps from Olivary Soaps
Chicken breasts from Hunts Hill Farm
Jam selection pack from Fruity Foods
3 different Herb plants from Pepperpot Plants
Muesli from Imbhams Farm Granary
Saucy French Salad Dressing from Sussex Gold
Home-cured bacon from WhiteLodge Farm
A basil infused pour over sauce, from Arnold’s Condiments
A bottle of plum juice, and pear juice from Ringden Farm
A tub of pickled garlic from Olives and Things
A jar of red onion chutney and a jar of basil and sundried tomato mayonnaise from Le Mesuriers
A packet of macaroons and a chocolate slice from Cakes by Kate
Therefore, as I made over ten purchases - I also got my ten stamps on my loyalty card, so I got my SWSFM tea towel thrown in as well! Bonus!!
SWSFM: Lets talk money. How did you find we compared price wise with the major supermarkets and other farm shops in the area?
Jerry: Well I think I did really well. When you consider that you can spend £50 on a bouquet of flowers, which if you’re lucky will last a week. I spent roughly the same amount of money and gave my mother a collection of little things. Some items that she can put in her cupboard and use for many weeks to come, some beauty items, and plants for her garden which will grow and keep on giving. Lets face it, a lot more thought went into this than just popping down to the local florist. What was refreshing to know was that the traders would give a little bit of a deal if you buy more than one of something. Just like the supermarkets – there are bargains to be had: If you don’t ask, you don’t get!
Total spent: £53.50
SWSFM: What did your mother think of her present?
Jerry: Naturally, she was excited and overwhelmed. She totally didn’t expect a gift, let alone so many wonderful little ones all packaged together. She was utterly delighted.
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