Tuesday, 30 November 2010

Meet a stallholder - Mustardseed

Meet Katherine from Mustardseed. Katherines passion is food and cookery and she spends her time growing lovely produce from her home in Ongar.

Katherine runs cookery classes from her home as well as making a full range of lovely pickles, chutneys and jams.

You might also notice the fabulous range of homeware and cookery items for sale on Katherines stall, just one of the many strings she has to her bow!

I've heard through the grapevine that Mustardseed will be bringing boozy mincemeat to Decembers market and may even offer you the chance to try it in one of their lovely mini mince pies! You can find out more about katherine and Mustardseed at her website www.mustardseedfarm.co.uk

Friday, 12 November 2010

Meet a stallholder - La Maitress

Meet Jacqui, owner of the wonderful La Maitress. Jacqui is an extremely talented seamstress & knitter and makes beautifully handcrafted items for the home.

On market day the La Maitress stall is full of tiny treasures for you to take home such as lavender scented hearts, mobile phone cosies, rag dolls, tea cosies and the most beautiful hand embroidered and embellished pin cushions you could imagine.

Jacquis items start from as little as £1.75 and I know she is working on some adorable Christmas treats for you all to buy at the December Market on the 5th.

Jacqui will also have some lovely buttons available for all you crafty types as she is also owner of The Button Stop Shop.

Sunday, 22 August 2010

A visit from the Mayor

We were fortunate to receive a visit from Brentwoods Mayor David Tee and his lovely wife Pam. Here is a great photo featuring our longstanding stallholders Roger, Sandra and Christine along with myself and my little son Tom.

Next months market will be our 1st anniversary and we will be having a fun day with bouncy castles, facepainting and a BBQ. Do come along and help us celebrate.

Thursday, 17 June 2010

Listen to us on Pheonix FM

Huge thanks to Jule Botazzi who came and interviewed us at the last Ingrave Community Market.

You can listen to her live presentation here http://www.phoenixfm.com/story/3878.php

Wednesday, 2 June 2010

It's market day this Sunday

Well the weather is set to be glorious and there are no public holidays. Hopefully this will mean we get a great turnout to this Sundays market. We have stepped up the advertising and you will find us with a full colour ad in the Brentwood Gazette, an article in the weekly news, a big board and a new banner on the Ingrave Road, a massive leaflet drop and 50 laminated posters on lamposts all over the place. If that does not attract new visitors I dont know what will!
So who have we got coming this week?

Little Black Cat

Beautiful Things

Heards Farm Organic Veg

Sandra Thorpe Cakes

La Maitresse

Totham Bangers

Mum and Me Jam Company

Beadswax Candles

Clare Bates Phoenix Cards

Diane Ireton Jewellery

Christines Plants

2nd Hand Books

Saturday, 15 May 2010

Foodies we need you

Note to any potential food stall holder interested in joining us at the Ingrave Community Market:

We have been running since September 2009 on the 1st Sunday of every month @ the brand new Knights Way Community Centre in Brentwood. During our 2009 markets we saw a nice footfall and were very well supported, however sadly since returning in the New Year we have become accustomed to much lower visitor numbers. We want to put a stop to this and bring the market back up to the successful event that it was. Therefore we have undertaken some market research in the area and have discovered that what the locals are after is more food stalls and less craft.

For this reason we are about to change from our original ethos of ‘only Brentwood based stall holders’ and open the doors to all of you wonderful stallholders that make and produce your own foodstuffs outside of the Brentwood area.

As an incentive for you to join us at what may well be another quiet market in June we are offering you a free stand, based on the fact that if you have a good day you might want to pay for your pitch (regular cost only £4.50) but if you don’t have such a good day then feel free to walk away with all of your takings. (The few food stalls we do have do well despite low numbers of visitors).

We are intending to do a large mailshot of the area to tell our local customers that there will be new stalls in attendance and hopefully we can watch them crawl back out of the woodwork. We also hope that word will get out about our newly improved market and that Julys event will be even bigger!

Booking forms are available by e-mailing ingravecommunitymarket@clairemackaness.com Once I have your form then I will include you in our mailshot and mention your stall here on our blog. We are also on Facebook and Twitter so will be promoting your company via these avenues as well.

I hope you’d like to join us (fingers crossed)

Tuesday, 20 April 2010

To close or not to close, that is the question

It is with great sadness that I am having to contemplate closing the market down. We have been running for 7 months and each month we get the same faces visit us but no new people.

We appreciate the support we get very much, but the numbers are too low to make it worthwhile attending for many of our regulars.

We are writing to the press this week to encourage them to help us publicise the event further, but unless you support us we will have to close down.

Please spread the word. The next market is on Sunday 2nd May. If numbers improve, then I will be able to attract some new stallholders so it will be better for all concerned.

Please support your local market.

Monday, 8 March 2010

Mothers Day Flowers from In The Garden

In the Garden where exhibiting yesterday at the Ingrave Community Market. Barbara had some beautiful potted arrangements on display, just perfect for mothers day.

The table had a wonderful spring feeling about it and was complimented by the beautiful sunshine we enjoyed.

Barbara still has a few arrangements available and would behappy for you to visit her in Ingrave to purchase your Mothers Day flowers and arrangements.

Please give her a call on 01277 811464 if you would like to pop by and pick up a lovely gift for your mum.

Saturday, 6 March 2010

Look at these lovely Mothers Day treats

Well it's market day again tomorrow and I thought I'd show you a few of the scrumptious gifts that you can buy for your Mum if you come along. Mothers day is next weekend (14th March) so what better way of spoiling her than buying a handcrafted gift from one of our local community members.

A lovely handmade bag from Julie at Jez Designs

How about a beautiful 'Sweet Treats' handcrafted bracelet made by Kirsty at the Little Black Cat

Or a vintage teacup candle from Beautiful Things by Claire Mackaness

Thats just a small selection of what you can expect as we have 2 full halls of craft and produce stalls. The full list of stallholders is available to view HERE

Monday, 1 February 2010

We are back

Well Christmas is over and finally we are back to normal. The Ingrave Market returns this Sunday 7th Feb at a new time of 9.30am - 12.30am. We will be joined by Great Totham Bangers who will be selling their full range of sausages and my lovely husband will be cooking up a storm in the kitchen making sausage sandwiches made with their produce. Why not come along to get your eggs, bread and organic veggies and whilst your there, enjoy the fabulous craft stalls and share a cup of tea and a sandwich with friends.