This morning I took my mum to explore some of my favourite “pockets” of London, including St. John Square and Smithfield market in Clerkenwell, the Southbank and the Borough Market.
Having sampled delicious coconut pancakes and bought some fresh produce to cook at home, I found the stall of Rubies in the Rubble, selling lovely chutneys, including my favourites: red onion, pear & walnut and nutty plum. Alicia behind the stall was running out of crackers, so I offered to fetch some or look after the stall…
…There I was greeting passers-by, encouraging them to taste chutneys and telling the story of Rubies in the Rubble. The company’s founder, Jenny Dawson, spotted an opportunity at London’s night wholesale markets discarding fruit and vegetables at the end of the trading hours. Rubies in the Rubble take and preserve discarded ingredients, making chutneys and relishes with the help of disadvantaged women. This is an inspiring example of social entrepreneurship.
Now, I’ve got to be honest: in the 5-10 minutes of “trading”, I have not sold any chutneys (sorry, Jenny!) but the experience was interesting, to say the least. I was smiling, bubbling with energy and chatting away, which is not exactly how I normally feel, stuck in the office in front of my computer screen. It’s not that I am applying for a market stall license this minute, but there is something about letting my personality show and thinking of a calling which would match it rather than trying to hide myself behind the job that isn’t really me.
That’s some food for thought, isn’t it?