It turns out, you don’t actually have to own a tractor to work at a farmer’s market – as I’d (so wrongly) assumed six months ago!
Now, I work at the farmer’s market in Horsham every Saturday for The Hungry Guest, selling their finest artisan breads and nibbles.
At the Horsham market, stalls can vary from people who sell fajitas and spicy chicken wraps, to handcrafted wood pieces. The diverse surroundings mean that you meet new people each week and become friendly with the neighbouring stall holders – some have even offered me a discount!
The customers who visit The Hungry Guest stall are equally as varied as the stalls that surround us. Each customer is friendly and a pleasure to serve; throwing out compliments about our products left, right and centre. Seeing the satisfaction on our customers face’s week in week out definitely makes working for the company a joy.
I’m now beginning to recognise ‘our regulars’ and I’ve become particularly friendly with them – these familiar faces make working at the stall comfortable and light-hearted. I hear endless funny stories about what’s happened in their week and what their weekend plans are, which I’ve found myself growing more interested in the more I get to know our customers.
One week, I was serving a young man, and behind him was a face that I found particularly familiar. It was a tall man with dark hair, wearing jeans and a t-shirt. For the life of me I couldn’t think why he was so familiar – then when he spoke to me, I realised it was my best friend’s dad! What a small world we live in! Weeks after, I realised he was a regular and that he carried one of our loyalty cards. Now, I see him every week without fail and his card is nearly full up!
I confess that when I began working at the stall, the mental arithmetic paired with using tongs (which I don’t even own in my house!) and remembering to smile was next to impossible – however now it is almost second nature to me.
Although, one thing I still find particularly difficult is restraining myself from eating the nibbles we have on offer! From our commendably enormous cheese straws to mouth-wateringly moreish chocolate brownies, and everything in between! Nearly every customer who approaches our stall is stunned by the amount of choice there is, and I’m greeted with the usual compliments of “Wow, there’s too much to choose from!” “I definitely couldn’t work here… It’d be lethal for my waistline!” and “I’ll take the lot, please!”
If I had to sum up working at farmer’s markets for The Hungry Guest in one word, it would be enjoyable.
My friends are always complaining about how they hate going to work; getting up in the mornings is so difficult; the people they work with aren’t that nice. However I can honestly put my hand on my heart and say my job is the opposite of all of those things.
The people I work with are lovely, I don’t mind getting up in the morning because I look forward to doing my job and seeing our regulars, and I love working at the markets. This must translate to our customers, as every week we manage to sell out of our stock – and trust me, we bring a lot!