Closed this Friday, Open on Saturday

spoke-shop-may-2014We are very sorry but the shop and café will be closed this Friday 26th August due to staff holiday. Fear not though, the Friday café will be back open again as usual with great homemade sandwiches, soups, cakes and more next Friday, 3rd September, 9.30am-4.30pm.

The market will be open as usual on Saturday, 9am-12noon. You can get your bike fixed, try one of Ally’s wonderful cakes or puds, stock up on delicious local food and enjoy breakfast in our ever popular market café. In particular, for anyone that has not tried our Sandford Sourdough bread look out for a new £3 loaf this week. Our garden by the village green is particularly lovely right now so make sure to have a wander round and maybe even take your morning coffee under the shade of the big trees.

Saturday Market guest stalls:

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

Ally’s Kitchen – Delicious cakes & puddings

Spoke Shop – Sandford’s bike repair team

Banana ice cream and lavender bread

honey etcThere was yet another delicious Food Surplus Café here this Wednesday. If you missed it the next one is on 21st September (and every 3rd Wednesday of the month).

Tomorrow’s weather forecast may promise rain but we promise to give you a taste of sunshine with our one ingredient banana ice cream (the one ingredient is bananas!). Come and try it in our Friday Cafe (9.30am – 4.30pm) and find out how to make it here (http://www.oneingredientchef.com/one-ingredient-ice-cream/) .

Then on Saturday we have the usual great range of brilliant local food and drink at the Saturday market – including the Lavender and Honey bread that proved so popular last week from Sandford’s own sourdough baker, Robert Rodriguez. We will also have our fantastic resident baker, Anne Pitson, joining us on a stall with a selection of sweet treats baked on site here today. Choose from blueberry muffins, lemon drizzle and madeira cake!

Saturday Market guest stalls:

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

Anne’s Cakes: Homemade cakes including blueberry muffins, lemon drizzle and madeira cake

Potter’s Pantry – Homemade jams and chutneys made with allotment produce

Threads and Stitches – Hand crafted lampshades and pillows

 

Saturday 13th August Market

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The shop and café were buzzing last Friday. It was great to see so many kids out enjoying the new play area and parents and grandparents enjoying a cuppa whilst they did. If you are around do pop down and see us tomorrow. We are now open every Friday, 9.30am-4.30pm.

Saturday’s market will have a couple of extra special goods on sale. Viv of Brightwell Bees dropped off a box of honeycomb pieces earlier today which she has just cut straight from the hive. This is delicious on warm, crusty bread or swirled with really good vanilla ice cream. We only have 12 pieces and that is it until next year – so come early to avoid disappointment! Our other special treat will be some of Robert’s Sandford Sourdough Honey and Lavender Bread. A great bread for breakfast spread with butter. We will have some tasters on our general stall.

Finally, I would like to introduce Louise Tong, our new regular Market Manager, who will be working every Saturday to oversee the market as well as promoting it during the week. She is passionate about local food, markets and had been a committed customer before starting the role. Welcome, Louise!

Saturday Market guest stalls:

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

Ally’s Kitchen – Delicious cakes & puddings

Porch Preserves – Jams and chutneys

Saturday 6th August Market

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At the market this week we have more lovely veg from Sandy Lane Farm in Tiddington, plus the wonderful Spoke Shop ready to fix up your bike as well as all our usual great food and our fab breakfast café.

Saturday Market guest stalls:

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

Spoke Shop – Sandford’s bike repair team

Café Menu:

On Fridays our café offers hot and cold drinks, great homemade cakes plus a different soup each week and amazing sandwiches made using fab local ingredients.

On Saturdays our Market Café serves the best bacon and egg bap around, pastries, DIY toast, fresh coffee, teas and juice.

Available every Friday and Saturday:
* Newspapers
* Bread from Cornfields family bakery, Wheatley
* ‘Sandford Sourdough’ baked here in the village
* Milk from Cotteswold Dairy (http://www.cotteswold-dairy.co.uk/)
* Free range eggs from Beechwood Farm and organic eggs from FAI in Whytham
* Great local pork from Jane and Mark Cooper
* Local jams, honey, sauces and apple juice
* Great English cheeses
* Lovely yoghurt and butter
* SESI refill washing-up and laundry liquid
* Local beers
* Selection of wines from the Oxford Wine Company
* Our full corner shop range of basic goods (everything from beans to biscuits!)

Friday Café and Saturday Market

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Many people have been popping in during the week asking when we will be opening more days – it’s great to see this enthusiasm. Currently, we are still open just Fridays (9.30am-4.30pm) and Saturdays (9am-12noon) for the market. As soon as we know when the expanded opening hours will start we will shout it from the rooftops!

Tomorrow’s due to be a bright and warm morning for the café – perfect for enjoying our lovely garden (now full of herbs, flowers and vegetables) or for the little ones to enjoy the new play area. We will have homemade soup (made by regular volunteer Claire) as well as Anne’s fantastic cakes, shortbread and scones.

On Saturday at the market Mark of The Clays will be with us in person and bringing us the last of his sweet red desert gooseberries (if you’ve never tried them make sure to) and the first of his own tomatoes and cucumbers. Got a birthday coming up? Jax Designs has cards and Jane will have some of the amazing things Talking Shop’s Knit and Stitch group make.

Saturday Market guest stalls:

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

Talking Shop Knit & Stitch – great handmade gifts

Porch Preserves – Jams and chutneys

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.

Café Menu:

On Fridays our café offers hot and cold drinks, great homemade cakes plus a different soup each week and amazing sandwiches made using fab local ingredients.

On Saturdays our Market Café serves the best bacon and egg bap around, pastries, DIY toast, fresh coffee, teas and juice.

Available every Friday and Saturday:
* Newspapers
* Bread from Cornfields family bakery, Wheatley
* ‘Sandford Sourdough’ baked here in the village
* Milk from Cotteswold Dairy (http://www.cotteswold-dairy.co.uk/)
* Free range eggs from Beechwood Farm and organic eggs from FAI in Whytham
* Great local pork from Jane and Mark Cooper
* Local jams, honey, sauces and apple juice
* Great English cheeses
* Lovely yoghurt and butter
* SESI refill washing-up and laundry liquid
* Local beers
* Selection of wines from the Oxford Wine Company
* Our full corner shop range of basic goods (everything from beans to biscuits!)

 

Food Surplus Café: Wednesday 20th July, 1-2.30pm

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It’s a busy week here at Talking Shop. On Monday the Gardening Team did fantastic work in the sunshine on our ever more gorgeous garden. The strawberries are being harvested, the chamomile is out in flower – and we are using the mint every week in the café for fresh mint tea.

The highlight this week has to be tomorrow’s Food Surplus Café. This has become a much loved social occasion. Every 3rd Wednesday of the month a big team of volunteers cook up amazing dishes from ingredients that would have otherwise gone to waste from the Oxford Food Bank. You pay…whatever you want. It’s as simple as that. We will be dishing up between 1-2.30pm. It’s gonna be hot so we are going to try out an exciting new recipe we’ve discovered for banana ice cream using only one ingredient!

On Friday our brilliant shop and café will be open serving delicious homemade cakes, summer soup and sourdough sandwiches. We open at 9.30am and close at 4.30pm every Friday.

Then on Saturday the market welcomes back Ally’s Kitchen with her oh so tempting cakes and puds. Plus Spoke Shop is here to ensure you can cycle off any extra calories from those cakes.

Saturday 16th July: Great veg and brilliant beers

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This Saturday we have the bigger veg stall from The Clays Market Garden. Alongside our usual array of great food and drink we also have two brilliant guest stalls – Potters Pantry preserves and Natalie Ellett crafts. The local beer shelves have also been stocked up so make sure to try something new from one of our fine local breweries.

Don’t forget: next Wednesday we have the Food Surplus Café dishing up a great meal from 1.00-2.30pm – we use surplus food to make a tasty lunch and you just pay what you can.

This week’s guest stalls:

Potter’s Pantry – Homemade jams and chutneys made with allotment produce
Natalie Ellett – Beautiful things from our talented local crafter

Available every week:

Our Market Café serving the best bacon and egg bap around, pastries, DIY toast, fresh coffee, teas and juice.
* Newspapers
* Vegetables from Sandy (http://www.sandylanefarm.net/) Lane Farm (http://www.sandylanefarm.net/)  or The Clays Market Garden
* Fresh bread and pastries from Cornfields family bakery, Wheatley and ‘Sandford Sourdough’ baked here in the village
* Milk and cream from Cotteswold Dairy (http://www.cotteswold-dairy.co.uk/)
* Free range eggs from Beechwood Farm and organic eggs from FAI in Whytham
* Great local pork from Jane and Mark Cooper
* Local jams, honey, sauces and apple juice
* Great English cheeses
* Lovely yoghurt and butter
* SESI refill washing-up and laundry liquid
* Local beers
* Selection of wines from the Oxford Wine Company
* Our full corner shop range of basic goods (everything from beans to biscuits!)

Saturday 9th July Market: Share offer success!

Talking Shop’s Community Share offer closed on Monday having raised an incredible £27,750 – over our minimum of £25,000 needed. Generating these funds through the share offer is a huge success and a fantastic show of support for the work of Talking Shop. It is the vital foundation we needed to build towards opening through the week by the end of the year. We are now in the process of recruiting two new members of paid staff and buying the equipment which will allow us to open fully.

Another exciting local project – the Sandford Hydro – is now in the last few days of its share offer. The plan is to return the Lasher Weir on the Thames to its historic role as a provider of clean energy. The hydro scheme would generate a colossal 1,600 MWh of renewable electricity per year, which is the equivalent demand for about 450 households — or most of Sandford! See here (http://www.lowcarbonhub.org/projects/sandford-hydro)  to find out more.

This week’s market sees Ally’s Kitchen back with cakes and puddings, Sandy Lane Farm veg, Porch Preserves jams and Maria with her clothing repair service as well as all our great dairy (make sure to have a look in the fridge), meat, apple juice, eggs, newspapers and more.

This week’s guest stalls:

Ally’s Kitchen – Delicious cakes

Make. Do. Mend. (http://www.mariaskoyles.co.uk) – Clothing repair service
Porch Preserves – Jams and chutneys
Available every week:

Our Market Café serving the best bacon and egg bap around, pastries, DIY toast, fresh coffee, teas and juice.
* Newspapers
* Vegetables from Sandy (http://www.sandylanefarm.net/) Lane Farm (http://www.sandylanefarm.net/)  or The Clays Market Garden
* Fresh bread and pastries from Cornfields family bakery, Wheatley and ‘Sandford Sourdough’ baked here in the village
* Milk and cream from Cotteswold Dairy (http://www.cotteswold-dairy.co.uk/)
* Free range eggs from Beechwood Farm and organic eggs from FAI in Whytham
* Great local pork from Jane and Mark Cooper
* Local jams, honey, sauces and apple juice
* Great English cheeses
* Lovely yoghurt and butter
* SESI refill washing-up and laundry liquid
* Local beers
* Selection of wines from the Oxford Wine Company
* Our full corner shop range of basic goods (everything from beans to biscuits!)

Saturday 2nd July: Sandford’s own brewery

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Every Saturday – 9am to 12 noon – The Village Hall, Henley Road, Sandford-on-Thames

Update on opening hours: From next week the Shop & Café will no longer be open on Mondays. However, we will continue to be open Fridays, 9.30am-4.30pm, for fresh bread, newspapers, cheese, eggs, milk, yoghurt and much, much more as well as a fantastic lunch menu and homemade cakes. We have chosen to close on Mondays to focus our resources on getting everything in place for opening 6 days a week later in the year.

Investing in Talking Shop: There are just 5 days left to invest in Talking Shop and help us ensure we have the capital we need to ensure a sustainable future for the project. See here for info and an online investment form.

This week’s market has just one guest stall – LAM Brewing – but it is a great one. We are very lucky to have a microbrewery right here in the village – and particularly one that is doing so well. They are about to move into new premises on Sandford Lane industrial estate from where they will be able to brew in much larger quantities.

We would love to also stock cider in the shop. If you know of a local producer you enjoy please let me know at richard.talkingshop@gmail.com.

This week’s guest stalls:

LAM Brewing – Beers brewed in Sandford

Available every week:

Our Market Café serving the best bacon and egg bap around, pastries, DIY toast, fresh coffee, teas and juice.
* Newspapers
* Vegetables from Sandy (http://www.sandylanefarm.net/) Lane Farm (http://www.sandylanefarm.net/)  or The Clays Market Garden
* Fresh bread and pastries from Cornfields family bakery, Wheatley and ‘Sandford Sourdough’ baked here in the village
* Milk and cream from Cotteswold Dairy (http://www.cotteswold-dairy.co.uk/)
* Free range eggs from Beechwood Farm and organic eggs from FAI in Whytham
* Great local pork from Jane and Mark Cooper
* Local jams, honey, sauces and apple juice
* Great English cheeses
* Lovely yoghurt and butter
* SESI refill washing-up and laundry liquid
* Local beers
* Selection of wines from the Oxford Wine Company
* Our full corner shop range of basic goods (everything from beans to biscuits!)

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