The Elder Lemon catches the worm

Summer Market Perry Square-1

Today I did my first market as a small producer at the Summer Market at the fab No.1 Pery Square Hotel. 


On Monday I nipped up to Dublin to get some nice bottles  

Tuesday morning was spent researching the the market at UL, the afternoon was out in fields with the kids collecting elderflowers. 

On Wednesday I bought lots of citrus fruits and sugar. Then I made the elderflower cordial and fretted over the colour. It spitted at me and annoyed me a lot, I nearly threw in the towel.

Thursday had me making rhubarb cordial, soooo pink and tasty, it brought me back from the edge. I also drew my logo and had it copied and got lots of print-outs. 

Friday I made more rhubarb cordial, bought 100 lemons and made 21 bottles of lemon cordial, really yummy. I cut out all the labels, glued them on the bottels and nipped round to Mike at The Wine Buff for boxes. I fell into bed after midnight and spent today selling all my wares at the market. I sold about 55 bottles and had so much fun. I actually made some money and lots of people want to know where they can get more. Am I a contender for a regular market stall???

Thanks to Patricia and hubby at No.1 for hosting such a cool event and looking after us all so well with sausage butties on their own fab baguettes and endless clean glasses for testers. Extra special thanks to my fab friend Dee who helped me with everything and sold lots of bottles too xxx 

Other producers there were

Jenny from Ponaire Coffee

Mike from Michael O'Loughlin's Butchers

Teresa and hubby from the Green Apron

Susan from Olio and Farina


4 thoughts on “The Elder Lemon catches the worm

  1. oh wow, congrats on a successful market day Val! there’s nothing like it! i’m loving my involvement with my village market, even though it’s possibly the worst paid job ever, it’s been great fun and a great excuse to bake! 🙂 I’ve been using Laura’s Cupcake recipe and they’re a firm favourite here now!

  2. Val – It sounds wonderful! Congratulations on such a great day. When and where else will you be selling these fabulous concoctions? I’d love to pick some up!

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