and Buy 2008
Review of the day by Rachel
Don Lear, the Bhaji man, cooked Waklyns Maris Bard potatoes into
spiced Bombay Potatoes - delicious and persuasive.
Exquisite face-painted tigers circulating, along with men holding
bunches of roses (from Eddie Krutyza). Suffolk Apple Juice and Grain
Brewery sold us amber liquid, washing down delicious Metfield Pig Herd
hog roast cooked by Duke William – our hosts. Cratfield Beef and Thorpe
Hall both almost sold out, Harvest Kitchen Patês did. We could have
sold a flock of Clevely's Smoked Duck and sadly had to disappoint many
from the 35 local producers, the Metfield tasting table was
particularly successful, with 8 volunteers promoting product from producers
who could not come on the day (Pinny's fish, Purely Pesto, Fairfield Crisps,
Aspalls Cyder, St Peter's beer, Marybelle yoghurt, Vineyard Fine Foods
chutney, Waveny Mushrooms, Hillfairs oil). There was always a lot of
energy around it, and the shop was buzzing with customers fresh from
their inspiration to buy the product. The record takings on the day,
just under £1,000, were a testament to their success. We are very grateful
to these producers for providing us a generous quality of product for
sampling, in particular Metfield Bakery (now in Dereham) who gave us
two full Tuscan Orange cakes along with diverse artisan bread.
raffle raised £170 – with prizes contributed by local producers
– and, together with the generously donated produce from Metfield's
Allotments (and fresh basil from Peter and Sue's polytunnel), will
go towards matched funding for our long wanted OPEN CHILLER which will
help us display and keep chilled goods more efficiently in summer.
from Harleston Information Plus – our new landlords – was most
persuasive in helping to sell raffle tickets at the gate.
Many thanks to all of you who provided, helped, promoted, and simply came
and enjoyed the Graze and Buy this year.