Things are getting busier for us here at Deverill Valley Catering. We have several parties and events lined up over the summer, and are getting our various delicious home-made goodies out to a wider audience.
I've been experimenting with various unusual jellies and marmalades, the most recent being Dandelion Jelly Marmalade, which is a golden clear jelly with strands of dandelion petals suspended throughout. It tastes of honey. I was surprised it didn't taste "dandelion-y" but then I realised I probably even don't know what a dandelion tastes like.
Anyway, it's delicious and pretty, so I will make more to sell.
We've been reviewing how we give people access to our produce, and have made a few changes.
The Country Markets, whilst fun to do and a great way to meet people, are not really an optimal way to sell our produce. We're not allowed - understandably - to put our own labelling and contact details on anything we sell through them, which means we aren't likely to pick up any business via people tasting our products and wanting more. We're not supposed to hand out our business cards either, as it would be competing with Country Markets.
As a result of our experience over the last few months, we've decided to continue selling at Shrewton market as it is only held once a month, but we will discontinue going along to Salisbury. It's a shame, but given that it's a 40 minute drive each way, and there's parking to pay for the day, it's not a sensible business move to sell produce which isn't even carrying our own details.
However, if you are at Salisbury market on a Saturday, please do go and see what is available on the Country Markets stall. They have a great selection of cakes, biscuits, honey, preserves and savouries, and the ladies are delighted to chat to customers.
And of course, come to Shrewton - the third Saturday of the month - and see what there is for sale. There are all kinds of crafts as well as plants and produce, so it's got something for everyone.
Oh, and a tea shop.
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