Honey Roast Ham, Sausagemeat Stuffing, Streaky Bacon, Chipolata Sausages and much more for the last Food Drop until 10th Jan

For a traditional Christmas dinner Rob Holditch is offering fresh delivery of all these products on Saturday 20th: Chipolata Sausages, Smoked Streaky Bacon, Sausage Meat, Honey Roast Ham and his usual range of Dry Cured Back Bacon and Sausages – all delivered fresh.   Orders need to be in by midnight Wednesday 17th.  Here is the link to find our more or place an orderrob's honey roast ham

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Mince pies – special recipe from Beau’s Bakehouse – 4 pies for £2

Buttery homemade pastry filled with homemade whisky mince meat.

mince pies


Pastry – Wheat flour, butter, icing sugar.

Mincemeat – Raisins, currants, brown sugar, vegetable suet, apple, whisky, mixed peel, orange zest and juice, spices.

4 pies for £2

Get your order in here

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Kidmeat Wraps, Hot spiced Almond Milk and Mince Pies at Stroudco Goodwill High Street Shop on Friday

Stroudco’s pop-up shop for Goodwill Evening will be at the top of the High Street (number 48) on Friday 5th December.  Ten of Stroudco’s producers will be there to showcase their products and talk to the public – many of them offering tasters and all of them bringing produce to sell.

You will be able to buy delicious roast kidmeat wraps carved and served by Cotswold Kidmeat farmer Lizzie Dyer who will also be offering a selection of cured kid skins and some amazing hats made from the kid skins.  KIN Juicery will be selling warming cups of hot, spiced almond milk and offering tasters of their delicious range of fresh, cold-pressed raw fruit and veg juices.  For desert you can buy delicious freshly made mince pies direct from the baker Jenni Willis.

Jenni will also be offering tasters of her range of delicious sourdough and gluten-free breads.  These will be complemented by a range of preserves and jams from Maryanne who will be offering a selection including her Caramelised Red Onion Chutney, Dumpsie Dearie Jam made with local apples, plums and pears and Zesty Blueberry Marmalade.

Marie and Chris from Goat Made Soaps will also be in the shop to chat about how they make their amazing soaps in Thrupp with their surplus goat milk and organic chea butter.  You will be able to try out some of their soaps and buy some special ‘stocking filler’ soaps.

Sarah Mace will be offering her fantastic Paleo or Primal breakfast cereals and snacks based on natural, unprocessed foods without any modern grains or sugars.  Sarah will be able to explain why her delicious, locally-made products are proving so popular with people who have food allergies and intolerances and those with auto immune and inflammatory illnesses.

Seb Buckton will be selling sweet, barn-dried walnuts from walnut trees that have never been sprayed – so even better than organic.

The Weston O’Neill’s Kitchen will be selling their fantastic Stroud tea towels – you can already see one in the window display of the shop at 48 High Street in readiness for Goodwill evening.  These towels which celebrate all they love about Stroud make great presents and they are only available through Stroudco.

Stroud Community Agriculture farmer Sam Hardiman will be bringing a selection of meat joints and freshly-harvested vegetables to sell.    Cotswold Kidmeat will not only be offering a range of delicious cuts and joints with farmer Lizzie Dyer explaining how they care for their kids rescued from the dairy industry; Lizzie will also be offering a selection of cured kid skins and some amazing hats made from the kid skins.

Finally of course, our Goodwill shop will be a last chance for anyone who has not yet put in an online order for their hand-made Christmas pudding from Jo Neale who will also be there offering mouth-watering tasters of hot Christmas pudding served with cream.

As well as all this local produce, we will be offering the Hodmedods beans and black badger peas, a selection of Stroudco’s store cupboard range bought in from Essential Trading – a workers co-op in Bristol who supply us with everything we cannot source locally.   There will also be several lovely Stroudco volunteers who can chat to you about how Stroudco works and hear your views on how we can improve your Food Hub.

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Last chance to order handmade Christmas puddings – online Wednesday or face-to-face on Friday

Christmas pud

Jo Neale will be at the Stroudco pop-up shop on Goodwill evening offering tasters of her delicious home-made Christmas puddings.  Jo started making these delicacies in her Thrupp kitchen twelve years ago – four years before Stroudco even started trading!.  Her family enjoyed them so much that she started making extra puddings as gifts and soon she was being asked if she could make even more to sell to friends of friends.

Jo’s Christmas puddings are lovingly made in small batches by hand.  She takes fair trade raisins, sultanas, currants, Bramley apples from her Dad’s garden, dark cane sugar, mixed peel, breadcrumbs, vegetable suet, flour, spices, flaked almonds, grated carrot, lemons, local free-range eggs and of course, brandy!  All the ingredients go into a large mixing bowl and Jo’s 10 year old daughter helps with the hand mixing.   She says “I feel like Christmas is just around the corner when I make Christmas puds with my mummy and it makes my home feel even cosier than it normally is!”   When the mixture is well-stirred it is potted up and simmered for 14 hours in an Aga until it is moist and cooked. The finished puddings are cooled, wrapped in muslin and then kept in a cool dark place to mature for a few weeks before Christmas.  This maturing process means that Jo’s deadline for orders will be 5th December – Goodwill evening.

Of course many of us who have tasted Jo’s Christmas puddings in previous years have already put in our orders on the Stroudco website, but if you want to taste them first, pop in on Goodwill evening to the Stroudco pop-up shop where you can meet Jo and her chief stirrer!

Next year Jo is planning to expand her range.  She will be using Stroudco to sell preserves made from fruit and veg grown on her allotment, her Dad’s apples and neighbours’ plums.  Jo has also set up a business partnership called Thrupp Bakers which will be offering cakes and pasties through Stroudco.  Jo has already been supplying cakes to Rush Skatepark who say “Thrupp Bakers have been providing us with homemade brownies and cakes for our café.  Our customers always look forward to a cup of coffee and a piece of delicious chocolate brownie.  They are excellent value and absolutely delicious.  We would highly recommend Thrupp Bakers”.

After some extensive taste testing Jo has also developed a pastry she is really proud of.  In September, Stroud Brewery (another Stroudco producer) kindly offered Thrupp Bakers the use their bar premises for lunches on the last Sunday of each month where they serve homemade pasties, pies, soup, fresh salads and desserts.  Feedback has been excellent with several customers saying that the flaky, buttery pastry was the best they have ever tasted. To try it for yourself, why not pop in to Stroud Brewery in Thrupp for lunch on Sunday 30th November.

Jo says she chooses to sell her produce through Stroudco, because she truly believes that a local food hub that supports small local producers, does not take a big cut and is a non-profit co-operative organisation is the way forward.  For her, Stroudco epitomises all that is good about locally produced, seasonal and high quality produce.

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Sweet Walnuts on Stroudco Food Hub

walnuThese walnuts have a less bitter flavour compared to standard walnuts. They come from a completely unsprayed walnut grove in Catalonia, Spain.

They are barn-dried so will last at least a year. Walnuts are perfect for chopping up and adding to cake mixture, biscuits or breakfast cereal.

To order go to http://www.stroudco.org.uk/hub/productlist.php and put walnuts in the search box

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Raw Jeresy milk back on Stroudco Food Hub

One of the downsides of selling unpasteurised milk is that the farmers often get blamed for health scares that are completely unrelated to them.    This happened recently to Beaconhill Farm and although there was no obvious link to the health issue, the farmer John Barron agreed to suspend sales until he was checked out.  We just received the email below from him so are very pleased to announce that unpasteurised Jersey milk and cream are now back on the Stroudco website.

Furthermore we have managed to arrange delivery of an order of milk for this Saturday 8th Nov so if you would like us to put your name on some, please email manager@stroudco.org.uk and we will save some for you to collect from the school on Saturday.  First emailed, first served!

From: John Barron [mailto:john@johnsjerseys.co.uk]
Sent: 06 November 2014 09:28
To: manager@stroudco.org.uk
Subject: RE: FSA delay

Dear Stroudco

We have just been told by the FSA that we can start selling again.  The FSA Inspector said that our milk had been subjected to the most rigorous testing regime that any unpasteurised milk seller has ever been given and we came out of it with flying colours!!!  We are totally clear!!



From: Nick Weir [mailto:nick@nickweir.co.uk]
Sent: 04 November 2014 11:54
To: john@johnsjerseys.co.uk
Subject: FSA delay

Dear John

We were very sorry to hear about the FSA restriction and hope it won’t be too damaging to your business.

We have lots of customers here who will be very pleased to hear when you will be able to supply us again.  Do you have any clues from FSA when that will be?

All the best


Nick Weir

Stroudco Food Hub


Tel: 01453 840037

———- Forwarded message ———-
From: John Barron <john@johnsjerseys.co.uk>
Date: 29 October 2014 16:41
Subject: Temporary Halt to Sales
To: manager@stroudco.org.uk

Dear Stroudco,

I am sorry to have to tell you that we have been asked to stop selling our milk for a few days.  I am really sorry to disappoint and inconvenience you but I’m afraid that we have been approached by the FSA (Food Standards Agency) who are investigating a outbreak of suspected food poisoning that happened several weeks ago.  Early indications are that this is an isolated case and is related to us by coincidence only and the FSA are carrying out further tests to help rule us out completely.  Nevertheless, as a sign of being a responsible seller of unpasteurised milk we have agreed to co-operate and suspend our milk sales for the next few days until further tests have been completed.  I hope that this will not put you off and I will certainly keep you fully informed of the outcome.

Best wishes,


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My delicious lunch – all from Stroudco Food Hub..

mixed sprouts

I have just eaten a large bowl of even amounts of mixed bean sprouts and alfalfa, with balsamic vinegar and olive oil dressing, salt, pepper and a crushed garlic clove or two…….   All of it, bar the seasoning from Stroudco!  Heaven!

Kate (a happy Stroudco shopper)

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