Well…obviously the title says it all right!?! Today was the first day of the much anticipated Harringay Market. If you’re reading this and are not local to North London and more precisely the Harringay Ladder or its surrounding areas, then you probably have no idea what I am referring to. Saying this, this sadly means that you’ve missed out on a fabulous day – the beginning of a vibrant food/art and crafts market which is here to stay.
I woke up this morning and realised that I had returned to my innocence, the innocence of being excited about the unknown. Deep inside I knew that my first market experience was going to be great but didn’t put too much thought into the expectations, as secretly I didn’t want to disappoint myself. So with my cakes in tow we made our way down to Falkland Road.
When we arrived a few stall holders were battling the winds with their gazebos. Thankfully I didn’t opt for the cheap £20 Homebase option and bought a descent pop-up gazebo which stood firm throughout the winds and frequent showers. Up it popped and I proceeded to arrange my table. My inspiration for my table was the typical West Indian dining room table, with doilies, vases with flowers and cake plates before they became ‘vintage’. I wanted my table to look like the table I remembered when I was growing up. Obviously it also had to be filled with cake too!
I kept the menu small today to get a feel for what was popular. Each week I will sell a speciality cake, which could be either my latest experiment or a firm favourite with a difference.
On the KayTea’s Cakes menu today:
I’d like to say that floods of people came pouring through the gates at 11am, but this simply wasn’t true. Rather, small groups scattered the playground initially, then as noon past the crowds grew.
At first the appetite for cake was dormant, but this changed. The Dark Chocolate cake seemed to be the most popular then along came the most delightful lady who told me that she had ‘old’ friends coming over for tea and wanted to treat them to cake. She liked the look of my Lemon Drizzle and bought the whole cake! From then on the slices disappeared.
I had officially ‘sold out’ at 1:40pm. What a success it was! But not just for me but for many others. (Note to self: must get a ‘sold out’ sign and/or bake more cakes for next week.)
The market really had so much on offer and as per the conversations that I had with some locals was ‘much needed in the area’ . So it goes without saying really that Jessica – Foxy Cooks deserves all the praise that she receives. Her little thought about the lack of a foodie market in North London, sparked this idea which has led to many of us local people gaining the opportunity to share our talents and produce with an audience. Plus, it has all happened in such a short space of time. So thanks Jessica for giving me the opportunity.
Gratitude really is a special feeling and I really am feeling this now for my friends and family. They offered support, surprised me and my family even bought me a little gift to say congratulations! I love the thoughtful doily card.
Now if you are ever in the area do come down to the Harringay’s new market, which will grow rapidly. What’s different about this market is that you can buy farmed produce, a variety of cheeses, bread, fish, cakes plus a selection of street foods from around the world including Brazil, Japan and Sri Lanka to name a few. For more information check Harringay Market but whatever you do – do come and visit soon. You will be pleasantly surprised.
Every Sunday from 11am-3pm
North Harringay Primary School