The Thames Valley Farmers’ Market visited Abingdon Market Place today on the third Friday of the month.
The sun was shining and traders were having a good day.
Mr Busby, of Busby’s Bees, restocked his Abingdon Honey stand for me to take this picture. Busby Bee apiaries are on working allotments, and in a secluded woodland garden.
Buying at farmers’ markets helps support local farmers and producers. There are no middlemen involved. It also helps cut down food miles and waste. People generally bring reusable bags, and the traders transport their products in reusable crates.
A Monday Market has been held in Abingdon since at least 1556, when Abingdon Borough came into existence, and probably much longer.
Earlier this Monday Morning there was a queue all round the fruit and veg stall – with people filling baskets. It is very popular.
Perry the butcher keeps up a constant chatter, with his microphone, and everybody can hear as he piles meat on the scales and gives the customer bargains for buying in bulk.
The fish man comes from Grimsby and has been coming for years now. Grimsby voted Conservative last week – for the first time in 74 years. They will be expecting that leaving the EU will help their fisheries.
The diagonal paths of the Market Place work well. Stalls are on the cobbled quadrants, and people can easily walk between.
On the plant stall, Holly wreaths and Mistletoe and cut Pine trees are selling well, as are Poinsettia and Cyclamen. Some of the colour may have gone out of the world in winter but at Christmas we decorate our houses with evergreens.
Isla Jane Bakery, from Bicester, bring their baking not just to Abingdon, but to many other markets round about.
On Monday the town generally benefits from having the Monday Market. It is the day many, who are not working, choose to come to Abingdon
Trinity Church had a Christmas Fair this morning. This is the raffle.
St Helen’s Church had a Christmas Market this morning. This is the jewellery stall and art under the St Helen’s window.
There was also a Local Excellence Market on Abingdon Market Place. Janes Kitchen was selling meat and vegetarian pies, pasties, and cakes and puddings. I was told it will be her last time at the Local Excellence Market.
Chillies2u had chillies and chilli sauces.
The Abingdon Gin company have set up a craft distillery in Bath Street, Abingdon.
They sell mostly through their website but were giving samples and selling at the Local Excellence Market. Abingdon Gin can also be tried at The Tipsy Mercer and Brewery Tap in Abingdon.
On the Market Place today the sun was shining and the Abingdon Extinction Rebellion group were playing Musical Chairs.
All they needed were some players with animal masks, a table and chairs, some musicians with drums, and a human with a white mask. The players had a meal and started dancing round the table. The human then ate a lot of the food and removed one of the chairs
When the music stopped the players sat down for the next meal, but one of them could find no chair
and lay down as if dead.
The game continued until the end. The human was the last one living but did not live for long.