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Macmillan Coffee Morning, Meet the Producers, and Upcoming Visits to Tuppenny Barn

I am delighted to report that our Friday Macmillan coffee morning raised £176 so many thanks to all those that came, bought and drank! Also to our lovely volunteers that helped Christine manage the event and for those that baked for us too.

Last week was the start of Emsworth British Food Fortnight and we will be having several events at Tuppenny to participate in this celebratory fortnight. This Thursday, we will be kicking off with the first of our ‘Meet the Producers’ sessions that Nic has co-ordinated having a couple of local producers attend our Thursday morning shop. One of those we have invited is Charlotte Markham, a veg bag customer herself and the founder and proprietor of Frog Hollow Catering. Charlotte’s healthy ‘supersnacks’ were born out of her search for sweet treats, that didn’t sabotage her weight loss efforts. She felt the fat-free diet foods on offer were disappointing and far from nutritious. Saying no to artificial sweeteners and yes to wholefoods, Charlotte, a trained and knowledgeable chef, set about making her own, and created a range of deliciously natural, crave-busting treats that are bursting with goodness, satisfying and delicious. All her cakes are gluten, dairy and refined sugar free and suitable for vegans. Frog Hollow care about the environment too: they are committed to being plastic free and only using packaging that is either re-useable, recyclable, bio degradable and/or compostable. To see more, please visit

This Friday, we will be having the first of our school visits for the new academic year welcoming back – St Albans Primary School. I am pleased to report that they have visited now for over eight years. On Wednesday, we will be busy hosting an HR technical company from Hove that are hiring Tuppenny Barn for their training away day. We like to ensure any delegates booking the facility have great food whilst on site and this group will be lucky enough to end their day with a delicious authentic curry supper cooked by Jas Singh and assisted by the lovely Alison. That’s one supper I won’t be having to cook for myself this week! Talking of Jas, I think that we have persuaded her to do another Asian cookery evening here at Tuppenny in our next event period, possibly in March. More details to follow.

On Saturday, as previously reported, we will be hosting the Surplus Supper evening together with the charity UK Harvest which is a ‘pay as you feel’ event. The two chefs are cooking up a great menu and I know that it will be a great evening. We still have spaces to fill so please do let us know if you might want to come along with family or friends.