Mark and Harminder from Fungi Farmer dressed as Mary and Joseph were the winners of the Christmas Farmers’ Market stallholders’ fancy dress competition judged by Deputy Mayor, Councillor Donna Crook.
The Henley farmer’s market which takes place on the 2nd Saturday and 4th Thursday of the month. Mark said, “Markets are a great place to start a food business as they let us speak directly our customers but more than that, it is where we make a lot of friends. The traders and regulars have all become a family who understand each other struggles and are very supportive.”
The stallholders were challenged to dress up for the Christmas market. Mark added, “The Christmas fancy dress competition is simply about having some fun with our friends. Last year I was way too rushed off my feet growing enough mushrooms to consider a costume or even dressing the stall but we love going out in themed outfits even to the theatre. So this year we did it properly. Normally I run the stall on my own and in that case I would have been Jesus, it’s what most friends call me anyway. However as I had Harminder with me and she had a great Mary outfit. I could not be adult Jesus while she carried the unborn baby Jesus, so I was Joseph.”
Donna said, “It was lovely to see stallholders get into the festive spirit. The winning Mary and Joseph pair were worthy winners with their ‘Mary’ convincing members of the public that she was truly ‘with child’. It was good to see the market well attended and with some new stalls too.”
When it was time for the prize giving, Donna had to go in and fetch Mary (Harminder). Mark explained, “She had her feet up and was being pampered by locals as she was about to give birth to the son of god. It really was a lot of fun. Henley town has a wonderful community feel and it’s lovely that there is so much interest in our Christmas market shenanigans.”