Thea Jones

Latest recommended posting dates for Christmas 2020

With the run-up to Christmas looking a little different this year, we know that more of you may be sending cards and gifts by post than normal.

To make sure anything arrives in time for Christmas, we have shared some of the key latest recommended posting dates for both the UK and abroad below.

As usual we are here to help answer any posting questions you may have, from packaging to parcel size and postage cost. Please don’t hesitate to get in touch – pop down to the shop, give us a call on 01803 842148 or contact us here.

Royal Mail International Standard and International tracked & signature services

Africa – Wednesday 9th December

Australia – Friday 11th December

Canada – Saturday 12th December

France – Friday 18th December

Germany – Wednesday 16th December

Ireland – Friday 18th December

New Zealand – Friday 11th December

Spain – Wednesday 16th December

USA – Saturday 12th December

 

United Kingdom

2nd Class and 2nd Class Signed For – Friday 18th December

1st Class and 1st Class Signed For – Monday 21st December

Fresh fruit and veg forecast for the rest of October

The changing of the seasons brings a change to the seasonal produce we have available on the Market Stall and to order, supplied in the most part from local farmers across Devon and Cornwall.

To get the best out of the season over the next few weeks, we would recommend:

Cabbage (January King and Savoy), Kale (Green Curly, Cavalo Nero, Calabrese) and Romanesque Cauli. There’s also Salad Potatoes, Spring Onions, Apples, Mixed Squash, Celeriac, Swede and Carving Pumpkins ahead of Halloween.

If it’s best value produce you’re looking for:

Opt for Cabbage, Corn on the Cob, Calabrese Kale, Tricolour Peppers and Potatoes. For fruit, take your pick from Limes, Bramley Apples, Pomegranate and large unripened Mangos.

And for something novel:

You can find fresh chestnut mushrooms, cranberries and Sharon fruit.

Alongside our recommendations above, we have a wide range of produce from the following local farmers and growers:

Canara Farm, Falmouth

Red Padron Chillies and varieties of Mixed Squash are currently in season, alongside bunched baby carrots, Curly Green Kale, Flat Leaf Parsley and Pumpkins.

The November to December Winter Crop Plan includes Brussel Sprouts, Pointed Cabbage, Red Cabbage, Calabrese Broccoli, Celery, Celeriac, Leek and Purple Sprouting Broccoli.

A.J Lidstone and Sons, Kingsbridge

Bakers and Marfona (washed) varieties of potatoes

Four Elms Fruit Farm, Sidmouth

Varieties of apple include Bramley, Cox and Royal Gala

Place Barton Farm, Morleigh

Agria potatoes (unwashed)

Frank Clark & Sons, Cullompton

Parsnip box (5kg)

Hawthorn Garden, Crediton

Savoy Cabbage, bunched Beetroot and Leeks

West Trecott Farm, Okehampton

Swede and Turnip

Terawhiti Farm, Kingsbridge

Pointed Cabbage, Calabrese, varieties of Cauliflower, Celeriac, Rainbow Chard, varieties of Kale and Tenderstem Broccoli.

Disclaimer! Shopping local and supporting local farmers and growers does mean that the realities of adverse weather may sometimes interfere with the stock we have available, or how quickly we are able to source it for you.

 

Supporting our local farmers: new in Autumn produce

We’ve pledged to do more to help support our local farmers during this time, and are continually adding to our wide range of local produce.

Our latest additions are perfect for Autumn meals and we hope you’ll join us in enjoying them in all their fresh, local glory:

– Sweetheart Cabbage

– January King Cabbage 

– Cavolo Nero Kale

For more information or to place an order for collection or delivery, email garydeare@aol.com or phone the shop on 01803 842148.

 

Passing on our Nextdoor Good Neighbour Award

We shared recently that we had won an award in the Sunday Times and Nextdoor Good Neighbour Awards, for our work during the COVID-19 pandemic.

See below for the write-up which featured in The Sunday Times on the 6th September.

But we’re not here to celebrate us, in fact we would like to pass the award on to all the people who enabled us to continue to operate and adapt to the demands of the lockdown measures:

– To all of our customers for their kind words and support, and for those who nominated us for the award

– To our staff and volunteers, including the young people who helped to deliver the papers

– To Savill’s the Butchers with whom we continue to run a food delivery service

– To all of our suppliers, especially those who supplied us with fresh produce on a daily basis – Hallett’s the Bakers (Paignton), Dartmouth Dairy (Dartmouth), Total Produce Fruit & Veg (Bovey Tracey).

– Our local producers, including Bays Brewery, Brittania of Beesands, Buckfast Bakery, Devon Choice, Exmoor Heat & Eat, Hawkridge Dairy, Heron Valley, Hunt’s, Miles Tea and Coffee, Quality Foods, Redmoor, Riverford Farm, Riverside Poultry Farm, Salcombe Dairy, Sharpham Wines and Waterhouse Fayre.

The last six months have taught us how important it is to support local businesses. When the national and international companies let us down, we were able to turn to our many local suppliers and producers to keep Galleon Stores going and supporting the local community.

We would now love to keep supporting these businesses, but need your support to continue choosing these quality goods over more famous alternatives.

For more information about any of the above, please email garydeare@aol.com or phone 01803 842148.

New in: refillable cleaning products

Prior to lockdown and as part of our mission to reduce the use of plastic bottles at Galleon Stores, we had plans to introduce a refilling service for some cleaning products.

You can now find three refillable cleaning products in the shop: Ecover Washing-Up Liquid in Lemon & Aloe Vera and Camomile & Clementine varieties, and Ecover Sensitive Fabric Softener in Apple Blossom and Almond.

The concept is simple – come in and purchase a bottle and once you’re done with it, come back in and refill your bottle.

We want your feedback on the products too, to let us know how they perform and how you find the service. Perhaps you know of other suppliers we could consider? Please let us know!

We’re committed to developing our work to reduce plastic waste in the shop, and the success of our latest refillable products will influence how fast we go in introducing more. We are already looking at laundry liquid from Ecover and shampoo and conditioner from Faith in Nature.

Any questions? Contact us here or phone 01803 842148.

New season produce and supporting our local growers

We think now more than ever is the time to be supporting our local growers (you can find a full list of these below!). Local harvests are reasonable and we have access to a wide range of produce grown in Devon and Cornwall, available on our Market Stall and to order for collection or delivery.

We continue to supply customers with our Seasonal Vegetable Baskets too. Made to order and locally sourced where possible, the baskets offer a different selection of fresh vegetables each time and cost £12. For more information and to place an order, email garydeare@aol.com or phone 01803 842148.

Here’s a selection of some of the produce available, grown locally in the South West and within the UK:

  • Apples (including Cox’s, Russett’s and Bramley varieties)
  • Plums (including Victoria and Marjorie Seedling varieties)
  • Blueberries
  • Raspberries
  • Beetroot
  • Radish
  • Celery
  • Lettuce (including iceberg, lamb and oakleaf varieties)
  • Cress
  • Cherry tomatoes
  • Spinach
  • Cabbage (including savoy, hispi and spring green)
  • All varieties of kale
  • Carrots
  • Swede
  • Cauliflower
  • Parnsips
  • Herbs (including basil, coriander, chives, dill and thyme).

*Linstone Farm (Kingsbridge), Gluning Farm (Paignton), Luscombe Farm (Stoke-in-Teignhead), Four Elms Farm (Exeter), Hays Farm (Plymouth), Thornes Farm (Crediton), Frank Clarke & Sons Homeleigh Farm (Cullompton), West Trecott Farm (Okehampton), Place Barton Farm (Moreleigh).

The Galleon 100 Club – our vision for a sustainable shop and Post Office

Last year before we had heard of COVID-19, Gary and Kay set up the Galleon 100 Club with a number of likeminded customers.

Our vision was to help create a sustainable shop at the heart of a sustainable village. The club is designed to establish a simple partnership between us and our customers; encouraging greater use of the shop, more two-way communication, easier shopping and a joint approach to how we move the shop forward.

The club will emphasise the use of fresh local produce, reducing plastic waste, using ethical companies, shopping little and often to cut out food waste, walking or cycling to shops and many other initiatives. Put simply, the more customers that get involved in the club, the greater the changes we can make within the shop and community.

If you would like to hear more about this exciting way forward and join the Galleon 100 Club, please email garydeare@aol.com or phone 01803 842148.

Our ongoing food delivery service with Savill’s

A reminder that we are continuing to offer a food delivery service to new and existing customers in the local area, in partnership with our neighbours Savill’s the Butchers.

Orders can be placed 24 hours beforehand, with deliveries being made on a Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. You can also place an order for collection from the shop at anytime.

To place an order, please email garydeare@aol.com with your full name, address and contact number. Alternatively you can phone the shop during our opening hours on 01803 842148.

Galmpton Wildlife Corridor project

A number of people have already come forward to register their interest in the Galmpton Wildlife Corridor project, which aims to work together to create wildlife corridors interconnecting throughout Galmpton village, to encourage the movement of all local wildlife.

We are still looking for more people to get involved in the project, please contact us here if you are interested or have any questions.

Great British September Clean 11-27 September

Gary was reminded of the national Keep Britain Tidy event last week whilst watching a young family on Thurlestone. Instead of the usual family beach activities, the children were hunting for rubbish in the sand and seaweed and eagerly returning to their parents who had the rubbish bags.

If anyone is thinking of organising an event locally, let us know! We can support you with posters, handouts and use of our social media to spread the word, simply contact us here or phone 01803 842148.

Galmpton Post Office

Click here for our article on the future of Galmpton Post Office.

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