Rain or shine, the last Sunday of every month is village market day at Puhoi, the Bohemian village just two kilometres from the end of the northern motorway at the Johnstone Hill tunnels.
They say the best things come in small packages and the market, from 9am to 1pm, on the sports ground across the river from the village centre, is certainly small, but also select, as well as child and dog-friendly.
There you can expect to find fresh local fruit and vegetables, eggs, coffee roasted in Puhoi, freshly –squeezed juices, breads, chutneys and sauces, crepes, cakes and other sweet treats, pork and deli products, herbs and plants, craft and jewellery.
City visitors can find old-fashioned or unfamiliar fruit and vegetables such as quinces or damson plums and there is always a stallholder available to tell you how to use them.
Ethnic cuisine from Turkey, India, Holland, Argentina and the Czech Republic is often on sale and olive oil and honey is now a regular feature.
On the craft side you can expect to find woven flax, jewellery, hand – made soaps, knitting, patch work and garden art most months.
Every second or third month the market, which has been running since 2008, chooses an additional theme such as the recent April celebration of the community’s ethnic and national diversity, the June commemoration of the 1863 founding of the Puhoi settlement, to be held on June 26 this year, and the October spring garden festival help keep the market diverse and topical.
A new feature for the coming August 28 market will be a show titled ‘Puhoi’s Got Young Talent’.
Run by volunteers, the Puhoi Village Market is a not-for-profit organisation. Stallholder charges pay for venue rental and promotional materials such as street signs, posters and flyers, and each year, on the market’s February birthday, donations are made to community organisations and causes.
A special feature of our market is the community table, where growers with small quantities of produce not worth hiring a whole stall for, can sell at no cost, or seasonal surpluses can be sold or given away.
There is always entertainment, mostly musical, but sometimes including folk dancing, at our market, which is in easy reach of canoe hire facilities, cheese factory, Bohemian Museum, garden café, historic church, the Puhoi Pub and walking tracks – more than enough to make a full day out for city visitors.
If you would like to have a stall at our market or to volunteer help on the committee or community table, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org or phone: 0274 27 0440.