This weekend, I took my little Hemsby bakery on the road to the big city of Norwich again. I had a great day of selling bread, vegan brownies and chutneys, trading at Norwich Free Market outside the Theatre Royal. These events are brilliant, run by the Open Trade Network and the Ihsan Mosque and Islamic Centre in Norwich. It was my third time at the Norwich Free Market, having been once last summer and earlier in the year. There is no pitch fee (hence the “free”) and it has such a great community vibe.
Trading with fellow traders
The market, as always, is a fantastic opportunity to meet new people. Its also great to reconnect with existing or former customers, from my previous days of delivering to the Norwich area. Unfortunately, I had to stop doing this due to capacity, but I hope to bring it back again soon.
There’s a fantastic little community of small businesses like myself who return each time! It’s always great to see and chat to my fellow business owners. My next door neighbour at the market, Jaimee’s Patisserie, sells her cakes and bakes and there is a variety of food trucks and stalls. There are always stories to tell and trade deals to be struck – “I’ll swap one of my blondies for a pack of bagels?” Plus it’s not just food; there’s independent jewellery, art, soaps, homewares and more.
Keeping it local – Hemsby Bakery on the rise
The weather was a tad up and down, as per the rest of this summer! I had a few bits left at the end of the day, some of which I managed to sell back in Hemsby. I alerted the village residents through the local Facebook groups and they turned up! That, in itself, is really heartwarming for me. There were three people who arrived exactly when I said I would be home – one of whom was already parked in their car, waiting! It’s so important to me that I can create customers for my bakery out of my neighbours in Hemsby, as well as the villages across Great Yarmouth and of course into Norwich.
I’ll be back at the Acle evening market this Thursday from 3-7pm, so pop down and see me if you are, or can be, in the area. I’ve been trialing a few new focaccia flavours recently, which have all been selling well. So, maybe there will be something you’ve not seen or tried before…
Hope to see you soon, Simon x