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Now we are all in the swing of school runs, walking the dog in the rain and X Factor back on the TV, it must be autumn. The most golden of seasons, with crispy orange leaves and freshly harvested bales of straw. At the shop we embrace the windfall season by selling items donated to us by local gardeners with gluts of fruit and vegetables. We are very grateful of these delicious donations because our customers appreciate their food to be grown locally and nothing can be more local than our very own gardens.
This year, we are very excited to introduce The Village Shop Apple Day. We are inviting as many people as possible to come along to the shop, in the week leading up to World Apple Day on October 21st, with any surplus apples they may have of eatable quality. We will then take our harvest collection down to a farm near Newbury to be made into fresh apple juice which, in turn, will be sold in the shop. All those who donate will receive a free bottle of apple juice to thank them for their contribution. We will also have other apple-related activities happening on Saturday 15th October to launch the week. Hopefully, we will have our own apple press to squeeze some juice to take away on the day, as well as apple related crafts for the children and adults to take part in. Why not join us for a freshly baked apple scone cream tea?
As well as the shop celebrating harvest, our church is also celebrating their Harvest Festival on Sunday 9th October with a Barn Dance and Supper. Tickets are available from the shop. Dancing starts at 6pm at the Memorial Hall in Beech Hill. The fantastic band “The Kick Shins” will also be celebrating their 35th birthday at the event. If you have not attended a barn dance featuring them before, this is not to be missed. They are a really talented bunch. Tickets include a welcome drink and a two course hot meal for £12 and £6 for children. Local beers and wine also available.
I always try to let you know about new products in our updates and we have a few new products you might like to try. In our gluten-free range, we now stock chickpea pasta as well as red lentil pasta. We have a scrummy rhubarb and ginger jam, which has been described as like having rhubarb crumble on your toast for breakfast. It really is yummy. My favourite is still passion fruit and celementine jelly but the rhubarb jam is coming a close second.
My children are hooked on the Jude’s flat white ice cream. When I ordered it, I thought it was white ice cream similar to what you might get in a whippy machine – it didn’t register that it was actually a flat white coffee, even though we serve them on a daily basis in the café! It does have a wonderful strong coffee flavour (my children are teenagers so they have a more mature taste in ice creams!)
In the café this month we had passion fruit and poppy seed sponge as well as elderflower and gooseberry sponge so pop along to see us and discover which cake is our cake of the week.
Thank you, as always, to our great volunteers and welcome to our new ones; Rita, Ellen, Joanna and Louise. We still need more help as other volunteers move away or go off to university so, if you do fancy an hour playing with the coffee machine or making a super duper sandwich, give us a call. We would love to hear from you. Anyone about to embark on a Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme is very welcome to come along as part of their voluntary work. Thank you also to our great customers who make us laugh on a daily basis and share all sorts of nuggets of information with us.