Thea Jones

Locally sourced produce – The Bay Tree

Our aim this year is to further increase the quality, locally sourced produce we stock in the shop.

The first new company we would like to try is The Bay Tree, based in Ivybridge. Their wide range of products includes Jellies & Savoury Jams, Vegan Mayonnaise, Chutneys, Relishes and Pickles, Dressings, Cheese Board Accompaniments, Slow Cook Sauces, Traditional, Creamy & World Cooking Sauces, Desserts, Curds, Cakes & Cookies.

To help choose the lines we stock in the shop, we would like your support. If you have a few minutes to spare, please take a look at their website www.thebaytree.co.uk and email garydeare@aol.com with any suggestions.

For those who would prefer, we also have a hard copy of their 2021 brochure in the shop.

Supporting community facilities and The Galleon 100 Club

The events of the last year and a half have highlighted just how crucial community facilities can be in being able to respond quickly to the needs of local residents in times of struggle. While we have adapted to establish a delivery and collection service which is personal and flexible to customers’ needs, others have provided lunches, offered cooked meals and fetched prescriptions.

As we tentatively approach a ‘new normal’ and promises of more freedom from restrictions, now more than ever we feel the importance of ensuring facilities such as the village shop and Post Office are sustainable for future generations. And that they can adapt and grow with customers’ lives as they have done during the pandemic.

If you agree, please come and talk to us and see how you can play a role. We would love to hear from you. Speak to a member of staff when you’re next in the shop, email garydeare@aol.com or phone 01803 842148. 

An update from the Market Stall – June 2021

The last few weeks of rain have certainly helped with vegetable growth both locally and further afield, but unfortunately provided a dramatic set back for soft fruit. Here are our top recommendations available on our Market Stall and to order for collection or delivery.

Local produce:

  • Cornish cauliflower – very large!
  • Green kale
  • Rhubarb

Produce from the wider English region:

  • Asparagus
  • Savoy cabbage
  • Beetroot
  • Leeks
  • Carrrots
  • Bramley apples
  • Some salad items including tomatoes, iceberg lettuce, flat lettuce, spring onions

Strawberries and raspberries will shortly be available, and for the best of the English produce we recommend the English tomatoes which are looking lovely.

Recommended produce from overseas – all good quality and low in price:

  • Nectarines
  • Peaches
  • Apricots
  • Mangoes

A final note from Gary on local produce:

Sunshine following rain will be excellent for all local produce currently in the ground. We await news of which produce we can source ready for customers from the Market Stall – particularly regarding  fresh peas, broad beans and runner beans. Keep an eye on our future reports for full details.

Recycling update

We’ve previously shared details of the products we have introduced during the pandemic to reduce plastic use within the shop. Find out more here.

We’re now looking for new ideas for top-up products you would like to see join our current top-up range, particularly household and non-edible products.

Any suggestions? Please speak to a member of staff in the shop, give us a call on 01803 842148 or email garydeare@aol.com.

Plants in our latest plant delivery

This month we have lavender, pelargoniums, fuchsias, lupins and begonias on sale at the front of the shop. If you have any questions or would like to place an order please get in touch via phone on 01803 842148 or email galleonstores1993@gmail.com.

Update on Covid-19 restrictions in the shop

While the government’s 1m social distancing rule is in place, we are continuing with the current precautions to keep staff and customers safe:

  • Limiting access to one person or bubble into the shop at a time
  • One way system in and out of the shop (entering via the steps and exiting via the side door)
  • Hand sanitiser on entry to the shop

Thank you for your patience, and please be assured that where possible our staff will do their best to minimise queues if we can do so safely.

We hope that in time for the next update from us, we’ll be able to confirm that the shop is fully open!

The current Market Stall update – April 2021

This time of year is always challenging for buying local produce and planning interesting, delicious meals around the limited choice.

This year, we’ve had the added unprecedented dry spell which has affected all harvests.

For those of you willing to take on the challenge, this is the current Market Stall update:

Local produce from Devon:

Parsnips, swede, celeriac, potatoes, red and white cabbage, green and red kale

Cornish new potatoes:

Cornish new potatoes are currently being supplied at very high prices. We hope to be stocking these by the end of the month once the prices have settled to a more normal level.

Cauliflowers, hispi and savoy cabbage:

Due to the lack of rain over the last few months, these are available in very limited quantities, poorer quality and more expensive than usual.

From the rest of England:

Asparagus and purple sprouting broccoli (both recommend by Gary), broccoli, strawberries, rhubarb, Braeburn and Gala apples, Bramley cooking apples, carrots, Cavolo Nero kale, beetroot, January King cabbage, spring greens and rainbow chard

Bringing good value from the rest of the world:

Aubergines, courgettes, mangoes, red grapes

All other products are available in store and to order. Orders can be placed via email to galleonstores1993@gmail.com or by phoning the shop on 01803 842148.

We’ll be sharing more about the stories behind the produce over the coming months, as we continue to provide updates on our Market Stall and fruit and veg forecasts.

Don’t forget to use our new email address for all enquiries

A polite reminder for all customers to please contact us on our new email galleonstores1993@gmail.com for all enquiries and orders. This will be our central shop email moving forward, to enable a more efficient service. You can also contact the shop on 01803 842148.

 

Our meat-free frozen food range is expanding

Over the last six months to a year, we’ve introduced a number of new vegetarian and vegan frozen food ranges including a selection of meals from locally produced Vegable and Clive’s Pies, in addition to Quorn products.

You can find a variety of meals in the shop including Clive’s Olive & Lentil Pie and Vegable Cheese Louise Bubble & Squeak Bites with Kale, with more available to order. For more information, give us a call on 01803 842148 or email galleonstores1993@gmail.com.

Plant delivery and Peat-Free compost for potting

We’ve received another plant delivery to the shop, with a selection of varieties to choose from. Don’t forget, if you’re looking for a more sustainable peat-free compost we stock a wool alternative from Dalefoot Composts.

For more information, give the shop a call on 01803 842148 or email galleonstores1993@gmail.com.

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