The Heirloom5 Market kicked off in mid-December at The Factory near Jeju City Hall. This was an unconventional location for this market but was the best alternative when plans to hold the event at the Bagdad Café fell through at the last minute. This market was smaller than previous markets but some of Jeju’s finest foreign chefs and artists were still present selling their creative goods.
A new arrival to this month’s market was a sweet dish called apple power tart, a delicious dessert that was the result of a group cooking effort by Raynell Lynn, Sarah Miller, Liah Oh, Paul Brust, Shannon Warren as well as Julie Kertez and her dog, Mocha. Also available at their table were flourless cookies, contributing to the theme of paleolithic foods, foods that only contain non-processed ingredients that can be found in nature.
Jaime Savary, an English teacher in Jeju City, was present at the market selling her beautiful feather earrings. Savary attended three markets before as a buyer but was present as a seller this time to see if she could turn her hobby into a little business. “These earrings are popular in Canada,” Savary said, “and this was a big hobby of mine. I used to make these with my sister and friends. We started about two years ago.”
Joy Raimondo is a veteran at these events. This time she brought popcorn balls in preparation for the Christmas holidays and a market favorite, homemade vanilla extract. In the past, Raimondo brought a real crowd pleaser, homemade peanut butter chocolate cups. Joy said that she has been to all of the markets except two, and she enjoys supporting events where people make their own food and crafts. Joy finds that she can socialize with like-minded people at these events, and it’s a great reason to get out and try new foods. When asked if she has advice for new sellers at the market, Raimondo responded, “bring small bills and don’t be shy!”
Bradley Richards is also a regular at these markets. This was his sixth market selling his popular pulled-pork sausages, a dish that was found in a Chicago street food cookbook that he tweaked to his liking. Richards said he started taking pre-orders because his food was so popular and sold out almost instantly. This is Richards’ last market because he’ll leave Jeju with his wife in February for an extended vacation to Thailand, Malaysia, Nepal, Portland (Oregon) and Tasmania and then settle in his wife’s city of origin, Toronto.
Mary Summers was at the market with her little girl, Kaylee. Summers was just a market goer today due to her active schedule planning various activities on the island this month which include planning the Jeju Furey bowling and soccer events as well as the recent yoga retreat in the Seogwipo Forest. These activities prevented her from her usual selling of her delicious pumpkin bread and salsa at the Heirloom5 Markets. However, Summers was present to enjoy the creativity of her friends and to socialize.
Another market attendee, Josh Flowers, was there to enjoy the deliciousness the market has to offer. “There are a lot of homemade items that give you the feeling of stuff you miss back home,” he said as he enjoyed his apple power tart and picked up his pre-ordered pork-pulled sausages. The Heirloom5 Foreigner Market, founded by Shay Pacetti in May 2011, was originally an attempt to give Jeju’s non-Korean population a creative outlet for sharing their homemade goods. A vast array of creativity ranging from edible items to knitted goods and handcrafted jewelry can be found at each market, and items change frequently due to Jeju’s perpetually changing foreign population. Visitors to the Heirloom5 Foreigner Market can expect a new experience each and every time.
The next market is tentatively scheduled for March. We will update this article with the exact date. — Ed.