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!

Get your BBQ stock here!

So great to have our freezer now we have these hot days. We are now stocked up with ice creams and lollies!

Planning a BBQ? We have Coopers pork and apple burgers and sausages in our freezer today and tomorrow (and we are open til 6.30pm these days), plus Cornfield (https://www.facebook.com/The-Cornfield-Bakery-LTD-205787092824053/?fref=mentions) bread rolls on our counter along with local LAM Brewing (https://www.facebook.com/lambrewing/?fref=mentions) beers and more chilled in our fridge.

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
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!

We have a freezer!

Hot on the heels of our new chiller, a new freezer arrived in the shop this week. This means we can sell a much wider range of Coopers Pork goods, ice creams and more. We will gradually be filling it up to offer the best range we can.

The hawk-eyed amongst you may notice that our bread prices have gone up this week – and will do so at this Saturday’s market. Cornfield Bakery from whom we get most of our bread have been forced to raise their prices following an increase in the price of flour. This will mean 5p or 10p more on some loaves. Thank you for your understanding.

Do you enjoy baking cakes? Would you like to help out the café by baking for us? Drop beth.talkingshop@gmail.com an email if so. It has been fab to have some cakes from star baker, Anne, back in the café his week. Thank you, Anne!

Saturday Market guest stalls:

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

Ally’s Kitchen – Delicious cakes & puddings

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

We won!

Amazing news this week: we won Best Community Project at the OCVA Awards on Tuesday evening! Cafe Manager Beth was there to receive our glass trophy which is now sitting proudly on the counter. Well done to everyone who supports the project – whether as a volunteer or customer. It is testament to your support that we have been able to achieve so much.

It is great to be back open in the week with our new chiller installed – we now have plenty of chilled wines, beers and juices ready for the warmer days and are now stocking lemons and oranges in there too. The new chiller also means we can sell a wider range of meat during the week – look out for Coopers fantastic sausages, bacon and more in the shop from now on. Another new addition this week to our offering is postage stamps – you – no excuse to miss a birthday now!

This Saturday we are having our Spring Craft & Farmers Market with lots of lovely stalls – Mags Cuttle will have a special on bowls this weekend as well as some new cups made by Matty Cuttle! We’ll also have soccatots with Nick at 8:30am – hopefully outside!

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
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.
Mary Drage cards – Handmade cards
John Paine Art: paintings
Mags Cuttle Pottery – Beautiful, homemade ceramics
Spoke Shop – Sandford’s bike repair team
Socca & Rugga Buddiez: For 2-6 year olds (and parents) to help promote confidence, coordination & ability to play in a team!

Taste our wines next Thursday

It has been great to be back open this week – with our new chiller and counter installed. We have lots of lovely chilled wine, beer and juices in our fridge now – ready for those summer evenings.

Talking of wine, our Wine Tasting evening is coming up next Thursday evening, 6.30-7.30pm. Ever wondered what some of the wines we sell at Talking Shop taste like? Here’s your chance! Tom, from The Oxford Wine Company, will be joining us for a fun & relaxed evening to share tastings & information about 4 wines. We’ll have some tasty nibbles to go along! Tickets £5 each. Buy tickets at Talking Shop!! Over 18 event.

At the market this week regular volunteer, Abi Reynolds, is offering the chance for kids to decorate their own calico shopping bag. Don’t miss out! You can then fill it up with lots of goodies from the market!

You can also treat your face to a spring uplift at Hazel stall of Neal’s Yard Remedies Organic this weekend. Here are a few words from Hazel about what is on offer:

As spring days arrive with longer daylight, it’s a good time to treat your face to a deep cleanse or polish and moisturise or spritz to nourish the skin.
Frankincense Facial Mist 45ml £11.50 perfect facial spray to calm and refresh
Facial wash Rose, lime and cucumber Deliciously Ella £16 normal & younger skin

Saturday Market guest stalls:

The Clays Market Garden: Fruit and vegetables – grown without

Ally’s Kitchen – Delicious cakes & puddings

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

Exciting developments whilst we close 24-28 April

Exciting news! We are getting a new chiller, counter and (hopefully!) freezer installed next week so we can sell an even wider range of goods. This means we need to close next week – from Monday 24th to Friday 28th April. The work required to put in the new counter is extensive so we had no choice but to close whilst this great work takes place.

We will however be open for our market as usual both this Saturday and next. Please come and support the market whilst the shop is closed.

Saturday Market guest stalls:

The Clays Market Garden: Fruit and vegetables – grown without chemicals.
Ally’s Kitchen – Delicious cakes & puddings

Chillies 2 U – locally grown chillies, sauces & marinades

Spoke Shop – Sandford’s bike repair team

Naturally Sweet: delicious homemade savoury dishes

Asparagus in now!

 

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Experiencing the change in the seasons is one of the joys of having a close relationship with our local producers so it was a great pleasure to hear from Caroline at the Old Farm Shop in Harwell (who used to supply our eggs) earlier this week to hear she had some asparagus for us. If you enjoy these slender vegetables pop in today before we close at 6.30pm and pick some up. They look super tasty. Perfect dipped in a soft boiled egg for a special Good Friday breakfast.

We are closed tomorrow for Good Friday and on Easter Monday next week. We are very much open for our market on Saturday though – see the nice mix of guest stalls below. Then next Wednesday is our Food Surplus Café.

Exciting news! We are getting a big chiller, new freezer and counter installed the week after next. This will mean we can sell an even wider range of goods. But we need to close for a bit to allow this to happen so we will be closed Monday 24 – Friday 28 April. We will be open for the market on Saturday 29th April as usual. This also means there will be no Knit and Stitch Group both next Monday and the following Monday. Make sure to stock up on your eggs, bacon and other Talking Shop essentials over the next week!

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

Natalie Ellett – Beautiful things from our talented local crafter

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