Now selling kindling

Great news from our friends at SESI Refills who provide our laundry and washing up liquid refills. They are about to start selling their brilliant range in London too. Read about them in the Oxford Mail and on That’s Oxfordshire TV. And here’s a message from Rina of SESI with a few more facts you may like to know:

  1. Restore Charity, Bicester Green and Jack Lawson (of Cultivate Coop) build our dispensers
  2. Our products do not contain palm oil
  3. Our ingredients break down in the environment without leaving toxic residues
  4. We stick to ingredients which can be obtained as locally as possible
  5. Between all our partners we now refill an average of 7,000 bottles a year

In other news…we are now selling kindling from another great social enterprise : RAW Workshop on Greater Leys.

Saturday’s stalls:

Ally’s Kitchen – Delicious cakes & puddings

Mary Drage cards – Handmade cards

Potters Pantry: Jams made from Christina’s own allotment fruit

Sew and Sew: Hand made toy bags ,cot tidies and other nursery items and a arrange of household fabric items eg cushions, tea cosies.

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Fab furniture and food at Saturday’s Market

For Sandford Sourdough fans we are now offering a wider range during the week. On Tuesdays we will have Robert’s white sourdough and on Thursdays his malted brown loaves. He bakes them fresh in the morning and then brings them straight over to the shop.

At this Saturdays’ market Natalie Ellett is bringing is bringing her beautiful pieces of furniture, cushions and a few extra bits. These will include a set of four refurbished dining chairs, a patchwork covered occasional chair and a small painted shelf unit (with vintage map).

In case you have started to think ahead to Christmas you will no doubt want to mark in your diary our Christmas Craft Market on 18th November and Festive Food and Drink Market on 2nd December. We already look to have a great range of stalls coming together so don’t miss out.

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

Ally’s Kitchen – Delicious cakes & puddings
Make. Do. Mend.Clothing repair service
Naturally Sweet: delicious homemade savoury dishes
Natalie Ellett

Spoke Shop on Saturday

As well as picking up great food and lovely cards it is a fab opportunity to get your bike fixed this Saturday as the brilliant Spoke Shop are with us – there last but one session of the year.

We are having to close at 3pm tomorrow (Friday 6th October) instead of our regular closing time of 5pm due to unavoidable staff absence whilst our new schedule settles down. Big thanks to the volunteer team who are making sure we keep the doors open until 3pm. Sorry for any inconvenience – please get along later in the day to stock up if you can!
Lastly, a message from the Neighbourhood Plan team…
Sandford-on-Thames is currently developing it’s Neighbourhood development plan which, if it successfully goes right through to the village referendum will become a part of planning law and gives the village a legal voice in it’s own future development. Community engagement is crucial to the process. If you would like to receive occasional emails keeping you informed of developments as they occur please contact sandfordnp@gmail.com and request to be added to our mailing list. 

Apple Market!

Tomorrow is our annual Apple Market! There will be apple pressing, craft stalls, an apple-themed kids’ activity and free tastings of 3 different varieties of Waterperry’s apple juice (and cider!). Bring your own sterilised bottles and use the press to make your own liquid gold to take home and enjoy. If you would like to learn how to operate the apple press – and help out with the process – come along and see Linden or Jason who can show you how the magic happens.

Great line-up of stalls – have a look below. An excellent time to stock up on gifts for any birthdays coming up. Ally’s Kitchen will salads as well as her much loved cakes and puddings. The General Stall will have a great range of Coopers Pork and some of Lizie’s flowers from Toot Baldon as well as the usual fab range.

Saturday Market guest stalls:

The Clays: Fruit and vegetables – grown without chemicals

Ally’s Kitchen – Delicious cakes & puddings

Mags Cuttle Pottery: Beautiful ceramics made in Kennington

Natalie Ellett: Handmade cards and more

All That Bling: ‘Hand-blinged up’ gifts

Beth Johnson Jewellery: Gorgeous handmade jewellery

Gill Nichols: Handmade bags, cushions, aprons from cute fabrics

Your veg – As seen on TV’s Countryfile!

Anyone who has tasted Sandy Lane Farm’s veg knows they should be famous – and now they are! The local farm, which supplies our market fortnightly, will be featured in the BBC’s Countryfile programme this Sunday. Do tune in to find out more about the family who we are lucky enough to have growing veg so close to us in Tiddington.

You will see a new face around the weekday shop and café over the next two weeks. Miranda Shaw will be taking up the reins as Temporary Manager three days a
week whilst I am away on holiday. Miranda already knows the project well as she helped us set up our Food Surplus Cafe last year. We are very lucky to have her helping out whilst I am away.

Finally, remember we are still recruiting for a permanent replacement for our Cafe Team Lead, Beth, – see the job ad here (http://www.sandfordtalkingshop.org/were-recruiting-job-ad.html) .
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
Café Menu:
Our weekday café offers hot and cold drinks, great homemade cakes and scones plus homemade soups, salad and sandwiches made using fab local ingredients.

We are recruiting!

Sadly for us but excitingly for her, Beth, our weekday café team lead, is moving on to another job in September. It goes without saying that we will be very sad to lose her, Beth has played a key role in getting our cafe up and running through the week and she’s a really valued member of the team. It does mean that we are recruiting and it is an exciting role. The job ad is up on our website here: http://www.sandfordtalkingshop.org/were-recruiting-job-ad.html

Particularly great market this week. Look at that brilliant range of stalls! We will also have Robert’s very popular Focaccia on the General Stall – along with a new item from Coopers – their very own ham (you can also find this in the shop during the week now too).

Please note, we will be closed next Monday 28th August for the Bank Holiday.

Saturday Market guest stalls:

The Clays: Fruit and vegetables – grown without chemicals.

Ally’s Kitchen – Delicious cakes & puddings
Naturally Sweet: delicious homemade savoury dishes
Country Bunches: Flowers grown in a garden in Toot Baldon
Spoke Shop: Sandford’s own volunteer-run bike repair service
Jax Designs: Handmade cards

Have your cake and eat it!

We don’t have Ally’s cake stall at this week’s market but instead we have a real treat for you. Brilliant baker, Anne Pitson, will be offering a range of the cakes she regularly makes for the weekday café. Anne is one of a team of volunteer bakers who keep our café stocked up with delicious sweet treats. If you would like to join the team – you can bake as often or as infrequently as you like – drop Beth an email at beth.talkingshop@gmail.com. It’s a great way to support the project for those who cannot do shifts on site as you can bake from your own kitchen.

We are now getting our salads during the week from the excellent Waste 2 Taste who have been running the really successful bistro evenings here. They are available both to eat in or to takeaway in boxes. They are even using our own herbs grown by the hardworking Garden Team!

Advance notice: we will be closed on Monday 28th August for the Bank Holiday.

Saturday Market guest stalls:

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

Talking Shop Cake Stall: Anne’s amazing cakes

Potters Pantry: Jams made from Christina’s own allotment fruit

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