Good Food Blog
To market, to marketPosted at 12:15PM, 25 March 2010 by Emily Boyce - Sub-editor, bbcgoodfood.com
When I heard about the Underground Farmers' Market happening this Sunday, it sounded like fun. Hosted by food blogger and underground restaurateur, Ms Marmite Lover, it's a chance for home cooks to have a go at selling their wares, without the costs and regulations of a conventional market. Instead of stallholders paying for their pitch, it's the market-goers who'll pay an entrance fee.
I decided to have a go, and persuaded my pinny-wearing pals Immy and Sophie to join me. We'd have fun baking - Sophie on cupcakes, me on biscuits, Immy on savouries - and make a little bit of pocket money in the process. Everything was jolly.
We could end up with tons left over, leaving us with no option but to gorge ourselves on cake
But as D-Day approaches, I'm more and more apprehensive. How many people will be willing to pay just to come in? With little idea of numbers, we're struggling to know how much food to make. We could end up with tons left over, losing money and leaving us with no option but to gorge ourselves on cake.
We want to make our food look pretty, but we're running the risk of spending a fortune on ribbons and boxes that we won't be able to recoup. After all, however pretty it is, it's still just a cupcake.
And the final headache - how to get it all from south London up to Kilburn, without a car, and on a Sunday, when public transport grinds to a halt?
Have you ever sold your food? Do you have any tips for a novice? And what do you think of the Underground Farmers' Market idea? I'll let you know how it goes...