THE LITTLE SHOP, A YEAR ON

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THE LITTLE SHOP, A YEAR ON
28th July, 2016

The little shop has just passed its first birthday and has been a happy expansion.
Our shoppers have been enjoying this edition of the shop, with its gorgeous smells and quieter pace. It’s an extension beyond just the food to the home.
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STOCK NEWS
22nd July, 2016

July stock

You win some, you lose some. It’s a constant struggle to juggle the dynamic demands of food retail! At the Co-op, we try to have a dependable supply of delightful, sustainable food. Every now and then we are affected by shortages. Currently it’s carrots: there are simply none to be had. Farmers have advised me that it may be a result of winter crop seeds rotting in the ground with heavy rains in Victoria. Hopefully the cheerful carrots will be back on the shelves by the time you read this newsletter. And finally, after weeks of absence the incredibly popular and immensely affordable bulk Rooibos is back in stock!

 

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LITTLE SHOP NEWS JULY
21st July, 2016

New Australian made, cruelty- and aluminium-free deodorants!

Fair trade brush ware and Elephant dung paper goods.

Co-op tea towels

We have two tea towel designs, great gifts for lovers of the Co-op!

Co-op tea towel

 

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BOOK REVIEW: THE OLDEST FOODS ON EARTH
17th July, 2016

The oldest foods on earth: A history of Australian native foods with recipes by John Newton

“This is a book about Australian food… It is because European Australians have hardly touched these foods for over 200 years that I am writing it” says food writer John Newton about this fascinating book. There are many “super” and also more everyday foods that are native to Australia and yet very few of us know much about them, and they can be hard to access.

 The oldest foods on earth : a history of Australian native foods with recipes

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WINTER MAGIC
18th June, 2016

DaisyCome and have a break from the crowds! Join us tomorrow in Ha’penny Lane – There will be music, a stall of local loveliness and chai for sale.
For this weekend only (18th and 19th June) all shoppers can shop at members prices 🙂

Thank you  Amy Bell – Daisychain for this illustration.

winter magic

QUEEN’S BIRTHDAY HOURS MONDAY 13 JUNE
12th June, 2016

MONDAY 13 TH JUNE

We are open 10 – 3

QUEENS BIRTHDAY

SALLYANNE’S THREE TOP TIPS FOR WINTER
22nd May, 2016

The disappearance of the autumn leaves and the ripening of citrus fruits are signs that winter is on its way. And my desire for warm cooked foods is my internal cue to prepare for colder weather. A mindfulness approach connects us with these external and internal signals. It also supports us in making the necessary choices for healthy eating and living in winter.

 

 

Sallyanne's winter tips

#1 Embrace the qualities of winter

 

When we think of winter we may have visions of rain, bleak skies and lazing in the intermittent sunshine like a cat. Winter has its unique qualities that we can embrace to support our health.

 

Eastern approaches to health describe winter as yin time, to support storage by the body and introspection of the mind. Introspection provides an opportunity for us to consider new ideas, which we can then take forward in spring.

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GOOGY EGGS? FREE RANGE EGGS AT THE CO-OP
20th May, 2016

Recently we’ve been fielding quite a few questions about the eggs we stock at the Co-op, following the introduction of labelling standards for free range eggs. Our organic free range boxed eggs come from Ellerslie Farm, our free range boxed eggs come from Llandilo and the loose free range eggs from another small supplier, Barn House.

In March this year, consumer organisation CHOICE reported on the labeling decision taken in Australia for eggs sold in the shops. They note that ‘A meeting of state, territory and federal ministers decided that:

  • “Free-range” can mean eggs produced by hens stocked at up to 10,000 birds per hectare, not the maximum 1,500 per hectare that the CSIRO Model Code recommends.
  • Egg cartons will have to display stocking densities, but there’s no requirement for to chickens to actually go outside.’

We could be waiting 12 months for this information and labeling standard to be adopted. In the meantime, to check out the Co-op’s boxed eggs and see how they relate to the stocking densities, you can download a nifty new app from CHOICE, called CluckAR (for iPhone and Android). CHOICE say of their new app:

‘…with CluckAR, you can simply point your smartphone camera at a carton […] and get a clear picture of which brands are selling eggs from the most chilled-out, happy hens. And it’s powered by CHOICE’s unbiased, up-to-date research, so you can be sure you’re getting independent advice on which eggs are worth, well, shelling out for.’

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LEURA HARVEST FESTIVAL, SUNDAY 1ST MAY
7th May, 2016

Leura Harvest 2016

 

Getting bigger and better every year, the Blue Mountains Food Co-op stall at the third Leura Harvest Festival was a runaway success. In fact, it was almost blown away as stall-holders struggled to hold down their gazebos in the face of near gale force winds!

 

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ANZAC DAY HOURS 
19th April, 2016

MONDAY 25TH APRIL – We are open 1.00PM – 4PM

Changes to deliveries:

Fruit and vegetable delivery days will be: 

Tuesday 26th April (afternoon)

Friday 29th April (afternoon)

Jannei: – Wednesday 27th April

Bread – Wednesday 27th April

Dairy – Friday 29th April (afternoon)

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