Soul food and socca fun

Thanks to everyone that came to our Spring Party last Thursday. It was great to have so many of our brilliant suppliers, volunteers and customers all together enjoying some delicious food made by the team. We have already got in a few of the things which people fed back that they enjoyed. Did you like the Oxford Sauce cheese or the bubbly we had on offer? You can find them both on the shelves as of tomorrow. If there are other things you have since thought you would love to see on the shop’s shelves drop an email to Richard at richard.talkingshop@gmail.com

It’s a great market on Saturday. We have a new trader with us in Nourish Soul Food plus a few favourite craft stalls. A great time to pick up some gifts and cards. Nick of Socca Buddiez is back 8.30-9am. He runs a fun session for 2-6 year olds (and parents) to help promote confidence, coordination & ability to play in a team. A great way to get the weekend off to a good start for any hyper-energetic kids!

Finally, would you like to bake with us? We are looking for volunteers to join us once a fortnight to help to bake up the delicious cakes and scones we serve in the cafe. It’s a great opportunity to build your skills and confidence in the kitchen or, if you are a confident baker, a wonderful way to share your skills with someone who wants to learn. We will train you and you could do the Level 2 accredited Food Safety & Hygiene with us.
To find out more email Beth on beth.talkingshop@gmail.com

Saturday Market guest stalls:

The Clays Market Garden: Fruit and vegetables – grown without chemicals.
Nourish Soul Food: Offering a selection of salads, fruit and salad wraps, vegetable fritters and organic healthy cake

Natalie Ellett – Beautiful things from our talented local crafter

JAX Designs: Handmade greetings cards for all occasions.  Designs taken from original artwork and photography, along with 2D and 3D individually made cards featuring butterflies and birds.

Neals Yard Remedies: NYR products and aromatherapies produced in the UK with great ethical values and eco approach

TONIGHT: Spring Party, 6-8pm!

Tonight is our Spring Party! From 6pm to 8pm here at Talking Shop.

* Enjoy supper with your neighbours * Live music from two local bands * Meet the faces behind the shop stock * Chat, taste and have your say * Check out our prices – we have done some research that shows just how well we compare * Explore the shelves to win in in Prize Quiz *

Plus…Have a glass of bubbly on us! Thanks to Disco Shrapnel (https://www.facebook.com/discoshrapnel/) and Matt Chanarin for this evening’s music!

Saturday Market guest stalls:

Sandy (http://www.sandylanefarm.net/) Lane Farm (http://www.sandylanefarm.net/) : Fruit and vegetables – grown without chemicals.

Ally’s Kitchen – Delicious cakes & puddings

Beth Johnson Jewellery

Sandford -on-Thames Environment Group

Socatots – let the kids get active

International Women’s Day comes to the market

To celebrate International Women’s Day this week come along and support our female entrepreneur stallholders – featuring Ally’s Kitchen, Jo from Naturally Sweet, Maria from Make.Do.Mend & Mary Drage’s cards. We’ll also have a kids craft table set up and an activity to enable sharing stories of the amazing women in our lives!

For the younger customers we will also have a Soca Tots (http://socatots.co.uk/socatots/) session for 6 months – 5 year olds. Come and have a go and see if this is something you would like to have in the village.

Finally, don’t forget next Thursday 16th March is our Spring Party. Everyone will get a free drink, we’re hoping to get some live music, and we and some of our suppliers will be offering tasters so that everyone can see what the stuff we sell is like. We will also be serving supper and beer and wine in the café. Come along!

Saturday Market guest stalls:

Sandy (http://www.sandylanefarm.net/) Lane Farm (http://www.sandylanefarm.net/) : Fruit and vegetables – grown without chemicals.

Ally’s Kitchen – Delicious cakes & puddings
Make. Do. Mend. (http://www.mariaskoyles.co.uk) – Clothing repair service
Mary Drage cards – Handmade cards

Naturally Sweet: delicious homemade savoury dishes

Sew much at your local market!

It’s nearly the weekend and we’ve got the perfect way to start it at our community farmers market. Support your local farmers & artisans – veggies from George at Sandy Lane Farm, fresh pork from Jane & Mark Cooper, delectable cakes from Ally’s kitchen and breads from Cornfields & Sandford Sourdough. Last but not least we’ve got the wonderful May joining us (Sew & Sew) with all her fantastic handmade crafts – she’s also starting sewing classes for those interested in making their own soft furnishings – why not pop down and have a chat with her on Saturday 9-12 noon!

Save the date: On Thursday 16th March, 6pm to 8pm, in Talking Shop we are having a Spring Party. Everyone will get a free drink, we’re hoping to get some live music, and we and some of our suppliers will be offering tasters so that everyone can see what the stuff we sell is like. We will also be serving supper and beer and wine in the café. Come along!

Saturday Market guest stalls:

Sandy (http://www.sandylanefarm.net/) Lane Farm (http://www.sandylanefarm.net/) : Fruit and vegetables – grown without chemicals

Sew & Sew: Handmade toy bags, cot tidies, cushions & tea cosies

Ally’s Kitchen: Delicious cakes & puddings

Get ready for Pancake Day!

We have a special offer in the shop on pancake ingredients for the next week – 10% off Wessex Mill flour from Wantage, Beecwood & FAI eggs and our lovely Netherend butter as well as bags of
sugar. We will also have lovely organic lemons at the market on Saturday too.

This weekend at the market, Jo and Eleanor from Naturally Sweet Oxford will be offering a range of goods including takeaway salad boxes, hot pots and soup. Perfect for a hassle free lunch or even dinner. In addition, they will also have their homemade granola on offer which is great for breakfast and help keeps you full until lunch! Veg-wise we will just have a small selection of root veg this week – this will include Jerusalem artichokes – an amazing looking and tasting vegetable – worth a try if you’ve not had it before!

Saturday Market guest stalls:

Sandy (http://www.sandylanefarm.net/) Lane Farm (http://www.sandylanefarm.net/) : Fruit and vegetables – grown without chemicals.

Neal’s Yard remedies

Naturally Sweet: delicious homemade savoury dishes

Grab a bargain!

We have some bargains in the shop this week. We are having an early spring clean of some of our stock and so we are offering one third off the full price. You will find Fairtrade Decaf coffee, Nutella, Rich Tea biscuits, Heinz Hoops and more all on our bargain box in the shop and at the market on Saturday. Don’t miss out!

We also have some new stock in – a tasty pasta sauce made in Banbury, Vietnamese noodle pots which make an  easy quick meal and we now also have houmous in the fridge. Do let us know what you think of these and any other stock in the shop.

Saturday Market guest stalls:

Sandy (http://www.sandylanefarm.net/) Lane Farm (http://www.sandylanefarm.net/) : Fruit and vegetables – grown without chemicals.

Ally’s Kitchen – Delicious cakes & puddings

Fall in love at your local market

We’ve got an exciting market on Saturday morning with lots of lovely guest stalls! Pop in and buy something for the special Valentine in your life and support these great local small businesses at the same time! Choose from a delectable sweet treat from Ally’s Kitchen, a healthy salad box from Naturally Sweet Oxford, a unique vintage item or two from Natalie Ellet, a handmade card by the amazing Mary Drage, or a gorgeous leather purse or handbag/satchel from Jamie!

Or, for a practical Valentine’s gift, why not get some of those pesky sewing repairs done for your loved one – bring them down for Maria to fix at her Make.Do.Mend stall. Or if the way to your Valentine’s heart is through their stomach, we’ll have a fabulous selection of organic veggies from Clays and a great selection of fresh breads, cheeses and other groceries for you to whip up an amazing feast.

Finally, would you like to meet new people and could you help in our Saturday market? We are recruiting more people to join our current amazing group of regular volunteers. No experience necessary. You just need to have a couple of hours spare on a Saturday. Some people work regularly, others fill in ad hoc shifts every now and again. It’s up to you. We would like to add 6-8 additional people to our group to help out whenever they can. Contact Louise at for more information!
Date for the diary: next Wednesday 15th is our Food Surplus Café.

Saturday Market guest stalls:

The Clays Market Garden: Fruit and vegetables – grown without chemicals.

Ally’s Kitchen – Delicious cakes & puddings

Make. Do. Mend. (http://www.mariaskoyles.co.uk) – Clothing repair service
Natalie Ellett – Beautiful things from our talented local crafter

Mary Drage cards – Handmade cards

Naturally Sweet: delicious homemade savoury dishes

Cooking groups & wine of the month

With the help of a local wine expert in the village we are now choosing a bottle from our great selection to feature every month. With Valentine’s Day coming up soon this month we have picked our Prosecco. Check out our ‘tasting notes (https://talkingshopsandford.wordpress.com/2017/02/02/2636/) ‘ on our blog. All our wines come from the Oxford Wine Company so are carefully selected by their talented team.

NEW! Cooking Groups. As our café and shop are now open daily we’d like to get more people in the kitchen cooking! If you feel comfortable in the kitchen and would like to help out, then we’d love to hear from you. Just email Beth at beth.talkingshop@gmail.com or call 07834187796. In particular, we’re looking for people to help out with baking cakes for the café and for sale in the shop.

However, if you’d also like to pick up some kitchen skills then we’ll be running a few sessions for you as well. The sessions we have planned are:

– Baking cakes

– Making seasonal soup

– Making salads

If you’re interested in any of these, or any other kinds of kitchen skill, then please register your interest with Beth at beth.talkingshop@gmail.com.

Saturday Market guest stalls:

Sandy (http://www.sandylanefarm.net/) Lane Farm (http://www.sandylanefarm.net/) : Fruit and vegetables – grown without chemicals.

Ally’s Kitchen – Delicious cakes & puddings

Alex Singleton Designs: Beautiful cards made by a Littlemore artist

TS WINE OF THE MONTH – FEBRUARY

Top Tip for Valentines… 😉
** PROSECCO **
With the huge increase in interest in Prosecco in the past few years, we’ve managed to source a phenomenal wine that won the IWC 2010 Bronze award, whose fruit has been sourced from the Veneto and Friuli Regions of North East Italy.
‘Le Dolci Colline’ (or ‘rolling hills’) White Prosecco, is delicate, fresh and fruity with soft caressing bubbles.
Tasting Notes: Fresh and gently fruity fizz from northeast Italy (Veneto) with citrus and green apple aromas. Delicate and lively on the palate with ripe, lightly grapey fruit, zesty acidity and a clean, refreshing finish.

Serving suggestions: Serve chilled as an aperitif. Alternatively, pair with fish, white meat and vegetarian dishes or with peach juice for the perfect Bellini..!

New opening hours & Chinese New Year Market!

This is going to be a big year for us! We’re about to head into our third full month of weekday openings and as we continue to build up our volunteer teams we need to change our opening hours for a bit.

NEW OPENING HOURS FROM MON 30 JAN:
* On Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays we will be closing a little earlier – 5pm instead of 6.30pm.
* Thursdays and Fridays will stay the same – 9.30am to 6.30pm

Our aim is to extend the hours again as we head into the lighter evenings and when our volunteer teams have become more established.

Things are going really well with the shop & cafe but we are a community project and we will always need your help to go from strength to strength so do continue to shop with us, volunteer with us and spread the word – tell your friends and family about our brilliant, friendly community run shop & café.

Come join us this coming Saturday, 28th January to celebrate the Chinese New Year of the Rooster! We’ll have a Chinese themed kids craft table & fortune cookies for customers! Plus the usual amazing fresh veggies, breads, Coopers pork and cakes from Ally’s kitchen, and cards & crafts from Jax Mosaics.

Saturday Market guest stalls:

The Clays Market Garden: Fruit and vegetables – grown without chemicals.

Ally’s Kitchen – Delicious cakes & puddings

JAX Designs: Handmade greetings cards for all occasions.  Designs taken from original artwork and photography, along with 2D and 3D individually made cards featuring butterflies and birds.