Real Food Ilkley Market

It’s been a week since my first market stall, time is absolutely flying at the moment! A huge thanks to everyone who came to visit my stall and to those who helped on the day, you’re all superstars 😊

I had so much fun at the Real Food Ilkley Market and met some lovely people. I love the community feel of attending markets, my fellow stallholders were extremely welcoming and friendly and even came around with samples of their goods to try. I had some divine Yorkshire cream liqueur from Carthy and Black, a local producer of gin and whisky liqueur. I loved the taste so much that I bought a bottle for some future baking projects… and to have a glass or two myself of course!

We got some fantastic feedback on our bakes from the local community, everyone seemed delighted by our tasters and we pretty much sold out on the day, so our first market was a success!

Our pear and cardamom bundt cakes were by far our best seller, everyone seemed to love the mini bundt cakes in general which I was so pleased with. Our toffee apple cake also went down a storm and so both the pear and cardamom bundt cakes and the toffee apple layer cake are coming back for my next market stall at Knaresborough’s Farmer’s Market on Saturday 18th November.

We also trialled our Square card reader for the first time and were seriously impressed! It allows you to take contactless and chip and pin payments with a tiny little device, and its all synced wirelessly to your phone. You can track cash payments as well as card on your phone which was so helpful for me to see which of our cakes were the best sellers and how much profit we made on the day! I think it’s a fantastic idea for businesses that are on the go or at market stalls like myself.

As you can see from the photos of the day, the weather was perfect! Although it was freezing when we set up (I definitely needed another layer or two), the sun came out for the whole day and it was a beautiful crisp Autumn day, I couldn’t have asked for more. Hopefully the weather will be just as kind to us this Saturday!

I hope to see some of you at the market in Knaresborough this weekend, I’ve got some new and exciting bakes to share with you which I’ll be announcing this week.

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