Knit, stitch and cycle

This Saturday’s market is a great example of Talking Shop at its absolute best. We have the wonderful Knit and Stitch group with a stall of some of their homemade goods and Spoke Shop – our fantastic group of volunteer bike mechanics who can fix up your bike for a donation.

The Knit and Stich group meet every Monday morning, 10am-12 noon, here at Talking Shop. Join this friendly group to work on your existing project and learn new skills alongside others. The group welcomes men and women, of all ages and all abilities, who enjoy or would like to learn a variety of crafts. Current members enjoy knitting, crochet, patchwork and applique. There is always help on hand.

New goods in the shop this week: Ella’s Kitchen baby food, Nakd apple crunch bars and a Balti curry sauce from Marinello’s of Banbury. Try them out and let us know what you think.

Saturday Market guest stalls:
Sandy Lane Farm: Fruit and vegetables – grown without chemicals.

Ally’s Kitchen – Delicious cakes & puddings
Spoke Shop: Sandford’s own volunteer-run bike repair service
Talking Shop Knit & Stitch: Beautifully made goods from our own group of talented crafters

From our garden to your plate

It has been great to see the vegetables coming in from the garden into the shop and then out onto people’s plates at home lately. There have been French beans, onions, garlic, blackcurrants, new potatoes, and latest have been the cherry tomatoes. A huge amount of work has gone into this from the Garden Group who come in and work, come rain or shine, every Monday morning. Big thanks to them for all their graft!

It’s an excellent market this week: Ally’s Kitchen, Naturally Sweet and something new from Robert of Sandford Sourdough: a chive and garlic tear-and-share focaccia! He is only baking three so get here early to grab yours.

Saturday Market guest stalls:

The Clays: Fruit and vegetables – grown without chemicals.

Ally’s Kitchen – Delicious cakes & puddings

Naturally Sweet: delicious homemade savoury dishes

Walk on the wild side of Sandford

Waste to Taste are back with another pop-up bistro evening here at talking Shop on 29th July. Find out more and book tickets here. It sold out double quick last time so don’t miss out!
In the shop and market our £1 off all Coopers stock offer is back. This is a seriously good deal on their great-tasting meat – so don’t miss out. We are also now very happy to be getting supplied by Otmoor Pig. They are curing Coopers’  meat and making fantastic chorizo and salami. We have their great stock in the chiller.
Finally, Colin Williams is once again doing his Wildlife Walk…details below…

A GUIDED WILDLIFE WALK AROUND SANDFORD’S GREEN SPACES. Come and enjoy an informed walk with Sandford’s resident wildlife expert Colin Williams

There are two walks planned (max 2 hours):

Thursday 20 th July 2017 at 5pm and Sunday 6 th August 2017 at 2pm Numbers are limited to 15 people, so book a place now by emailing:

colin_n_williams@yahoo.co.uk Meet at Village Hall car park 10mins before start.

Saturday Market guest stalls:
Sandy Lane Farm: Fruit and vegetables – grown without chemicals.

Ally’s Kitchen – Delicious cakes & puddings
Alex Singleton– Handmade cards

 

Sandford Summer Festival

Sandford Summer Festival 2017 is almost here! This coming Saturday 15 July from 1pm until 9pm in the recreation ground in Sandford in Thames.

There is lots going on for the kids including the Oxford Go Karts, Inflatable Slide, Candy Floss, Roundabout, Splat the Rat, Goal Shoot, Coconut Shy, Face Painting, Milkshakes, Fidget Spinner Stall, Sweetie Tombola, RSPB and Al’s Owls and not forgetting the usual children’s races in the arena. Plenty to do for young and old alike!

The market will be open as usual 9am-12noon – so why not come to the market then stay on for the festival?

Please note our new weekday opening hours are Monday – Friday, 9.30am-5pm.
Saturday Market guest stalls:

The Clays: Fruit and vegetables – grown without chemicals.

Ally’s Kitchen: Delicious cakes & puddings

Nourish Soul Food: Offering a selection of salads, fruit and salad wraps, vegetable fritters and organic healthy cake.

Spoke Shop: Sandford’s own volunteer-run bike repair service

Jax Designs: Handmade cards

Summer Smoothies

In the heat this week our new smoothies on the weekday cafe menu have been going down a treat. If you’ve not tried them yet make sure to give them a try.

It looks like a great market tomorrow – flowers from Toot Baldon, cards from Mary Drage, two great homemade food stalls and fresh vegetables from Sandy Lane Farm.

Please note our new weekday opening hours are Monday – Friday, 9.30am-5pm.
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
Sandford Summer Festival: info about the Fete on 15th July
Country Bunches: Flowers grown in a garden in Toot Baldon

Cooler weather, rainbows & massages!

Hello!

Hope you are all enjoying the relief from the cooler weather! We’ve had an exciting week with the introduction of boxed rainbow salads, lovingly made each day by Susie from Nourish Soul Foods. They are not only delicious & healthy, but pretty too! Do come and try them for lunch or as an easy addition to your summer dinners at home.

We have a fun market planned this coming Saturday with Emily’s Holistic Therapies joining us for the first time to spread the healing touch! Come along and try out a head or hand massage – guaranteed to have you super relaxed and ready to enjoy the rest of your weekend!

Finally, we are closing the shop & cafe early today at 2:30pm (Thursday) due to staff holidays (Richard is taking a well deserved break and working on his tan). Apologies for any inconvenience caused!

Have a great rest of the week,

Louise (on behalf of Richard)

Food Surplus Café TOMORROW 1-2pm

 

It’s our Food Surplus Café tomorrow! We will be dishing up from 1-2pm. Come along for a delicious, donation-only lunch made from food that would otherwise have gone to waste.

Everyone has been finding ways to keep cool in the immense heat of the past few days. We have been making ice coffees, affogato (an espresso poured over ice cream) as well as selling lots of our lollies and ices from the new freezer. If you are having a BBQ we also have some great sausages (£1 from the freezer) and baps.
Finally, thanks to the ever-hard-working Garden Team we now have onions grown in the garden for sale in the shop! They are pride of place as you come through the door.
Saturday Market guest stalls:

Sandy (http://www.sandylanefarm.net/) Lane Farm (http://www.sandylanefarm.net/) : Fruit and vegetables – grown without chemicals.
Nourish Soul Food: Offering a selection of salads, fruit and salad wraps, vegetable fritters and organic healthy cake
Spoke Shop – Sandford’s bike repair team

Sandford Village Fete – find out about this year’s fete on 15th July

 

Barbeque meat and fresh rolls

The sun looks like it is here to stay so make sure to stock up on meat at the shop (£1 off all Coopers Pork packs at the mo!) for your BBQs. We also have great rolls in tomorrow and at Saturday’s market. The ice creams are flying out of the shop – and we even have homemade Waterperry Apple Juice lollies for just 25p in the new freezer too. If the heat is getting to you pop by to cool off.

Next Wednesday we have our Food Surplus Café – there will no doubt be another great lunch on offer – and you just give a donation.
Saturday Market guest stalls:

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

Ally’s Kitchen – Delicious cakes & puddings
Naturally Sweet: delicious homemade savoury dishes

Socca & Rugga Buddiez: For 2-6 year olds (and parents) to help promote confidence, coordination & ability to play in a team!

Summer smoothies and another fab market

It is great to see our new summer menu going down so well in the weekday café. We now have three different smoothies available (Banana and Honey; Green Goodness and Summer Fruits) along with some great additions for lunch – Coopers’ delicious pork and apple burgers (great value at just £3.75) plus a chilli bean wrap. Do come along and try them out and let us know what you think.

The garden team have worked more wonders in the garden – they have been harvesting garlic and spinach for us to sell in the shop this week. The spinach is all gone for now but we still have bulbs of freshly picked, organic Sandford-grown garlic for just 50p each.

Another brilliant market on Saturday here – see the kids learning rugby; get your clothes fixed; buy a homemade card from Mary; and then enjoy a cuppa and a bacon sarnie. What a market!

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

Socca & Rugga Buddiez: For 2-6 year olds (and parents) to help promote confidence, coordination & ability to play in a team!

Coopers Pork now in stock on weekdays! 

of weeks. The new freezer has been a huge success – both for the ice creams people can now enjoy out on the village green and for the Coopers Pork sausages and burgers which customers have been sticking on their BBQs lately. Make sure to check out the chiller for fresh meat now too – we have bacon, pork chops and other cuts available throughout the week.

The Talking Shop Garden Team have also been getting much deserved praise for all their very hard work in the garden – make sure to have a wander round to see all the herbs, vegetables and flowers they have been growing – much of which we now use in the café. Freshly picked peppermint tea, anyone?!

Saturday Market guest stalls:

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

Ally’s Kitchen – Delicious cakes & puddings

Nourish Soul Food: Offering a selection of salads, fruit and salad wraps, vegetable fritters and organic healthy cake
Spoke Shop – Sandford’s bike repair team

Socca & Rugga Buddiez: TBC – For 2-6 year olds (and parents) to help promote confidence, coordination & ability to play in a team!