Store Chat, Organic Hummus, Buy Direct and The Farms I Love On a Breakfast Plate…

Real Farm Breakfasts

Real Farm Breakfasts


 

Happy November!
Can you believe we are here already? I can’t.
Instead of winding down, we appear to be winding up in our typically non-conventional fashion and have more projects on the go than we did in February.
I have a feeling we’re going to land up at our holidays, all shell shocked from this last quarter, sitting on beaches scratching our heads and muttering ‘what on earth happened there’. The pace of things of late has that Alice in Wonderland type quality to it.
From today, you can probably buy direct from us now at 4 Cambridge Road, Bryanston! 
We’re as ready as we’ll ever be, I guess. If you walk in to buy directly today, you can pay by card, we aren’t set up to take cash regrettably and don’t think that it’s a great idea.
If we take on cash, we have to invest in extra security and services to take cash off the premises and that’s just going to load up costs which we don’t want to do right now. We just want a rustic farm direct shop where you can choose from the fridges in the front if online buying gives you the grills (gutteral emphasis on the ‘gr’ necessary or it won’t read right:)).
Please do bear in mind that the store has been online for 5 years, it’s all we know, so if we look a little flustered and startled when you walk in, it’s just a culture shock for us, we’ll get over it, don’t be frightened:) It feels as natural to us as a head stand right now!
It is a farm direct store, just show-casing the best of what we can get from the local and organic farms we represent, it is not a convenience store by any stretch of the imagination.
It will always be stocked with the best of what we can get from the farms at any time. Organic food shopping at this point in time can’t make any promises of convenience or consistency, we’re dealing with real farms, not factory farming or conventional farming.
Yet with some adaptations to our expectations of farmers and food, it can be a very rewarding experience that has you back in appreciation of nature’s gifts and it will reward your palette with food that tastes like it did in the old days, like it is supposed to.
We will build the direct farm store stock up according to your needs, so let me know what you’d like to see in the store and we can put your favourite organic products back up on the store. I’ll leave a blackboard up at the store with some chalk for your wish-lists just scribble us a note while you’re there.
I’m going to set up a small library of sorts there too, I’ve got reams of literature and some great books on real farming and real food that we could lend out to you or you could browse through while you’re there, much better than collecting dust on my bookshelf.
Produce News – we have new  100% grass fed beef up from Keith Harvey’s farm. They are hanging to age now, new cuts from them will be available soon.
Please tell me what you would like cut too and in what size packs so that we can cut it up according to what best works for you.
Please get those requests in to me by tomorrow when we’re deciding on the new cuts. Do you want me to keep up the wholesale frozen packs of blade, chuck, beef stew, etc or would you prefer those in smaller packs?
We have more Karoo lamb coming in later on today as well as Braeside rump and ribeye cuts.
We have reintroduced the organic hummus range from Fatima and ‘The Organic People’. She is also doing a beautiful new chickpea fudge made with organic coconut oil, coconut sugar and organic chickpea flour – see that up on the site. Her hummus comes in beetroot, spicy moroccan, original, lime and coriander (my favourite) and pepperdew. Try it on some sourdough with some fresh organic lettuce for heavenly lunch.
Fresh organic produce is still scarce, new season produce is all still mostly in the ground, it’s not long though until we hit an abundance, it usually frustrates me that this happens as we head into holiday season, the best of the new Spring produce is always around in December.
We will be getting in some of those organic sunflower sprouts and mustard cress packs from Christa in this Thursday.
There are new chicken cut packs in from Mooberry as well as Croft Farm – all frozen packs – up on the site. We also got in some frozen whole chickens from Mandy yesterday.
Monica is also dropping off some more fresh organic lettuces from her Lonehill garden this morning.
Please see details of the new Paris Patisserie bakery in Blairgowrie in my breakfast article below, well worth a visit and another Jozi Real Food celebratory artisanal store.
I’d best head off now, I need to buy baskets for the store!
Have a beautiful day. I felt like I was in some sort of gorgeous dream driving back from taking my daughter back from school this morning, there’s green and new growth everywhere, true nourishment for the soul.
I’ve enjoyed chatting to you as always, Debbie 

 
 
 
 

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