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In the shop this week – 30 January 2017

Fruit & Veg

  • Portobello mushrooms
  • Arran victory potatoes
  • Leeks
  • Parsnips
  • Savoy cabbage
  • Celeriac
  • Red cabbage
  • White cabbage
  • Cucumber
  • Red and white onions
  • Garlic
  • Butternut squash
  • Ginger
  • Swede
  • Beetroot
  • Turnips
  • Sweet potatoes
  • Loose sprouts
  • Brussel red tops
  • Winter herbs


  • Oranges
  • Lemons
  • Conference pears

Tito will be baking:

  • Multi seeded brown
  • Campagne
  • Ciabatta
  • Baguettes
  • Almond croissant
  • Olive and rosemary
  • Spelt
  • Rye
  • Le pave

This week Christine will be baking:

  • Caraway shortbread
  • Beetroot and sultana muffins

With her knowledge of folklore, she says:

People in England popularly believe that caraway has the ability to avoid the theft of any article in which it is contained. Interestingly, this provided it with the power of being a love potion – it means that if you make your lover consume caraway, he or she will not be stolen from you. Also country folk fed caraway to their chickens, pigeons and geese to prevent them from wandering away. In effect, even to this day there are pigeon keepers who still put caraway dough in their lofts to keep their flock together.

Everlasting love – In many cultures the belief persists that if a man and a woman eat from the same beetroot then they will fall in love.

Since the 16th century, beet juice has been used as a natural red dye. The Victorians used beetroot to dye their hair.