The ABC of Radmorefarmshop.co.uk

A is for Avocados, just one of the fruits on our list

B is for Bread; organic, fresh, not to be missed

C is for Customers, for whom we deliver a feast

D is for Doves farm, selling flour and cereal and yeast

E is for Eco friendly, like the cleaning products we sell

F is for Freshly roasted coffee beans, to stop early morning hell

G is for Granola, showing us what local really means

H is for Hodmedods, British grown grains, pulses and beans

I is for Italian; pastas, infusions and oils

J is for Jams & preserves, the enjoyment never spoils

K is for Ketchup, without it measures get drastic

L is for loose vegetables, because why do we need so much plastic?

M is for My Bakery, where I hear ‘more lemon drizzle please?’

N is for Neneview; from whom we source local and yummy goats cheese

O if for Olives, perfectly marinated by Silver & Green

P is for Peanut butter; so tasty pure and clean

Q is for Quickly delivered to your door, packed carefully for no harm

R HAS to be for Radmore, where it all started at our own lovely farm

S is for Snacks; crisps, bars, chocolates and nuts as well

T is for Tigernut, just one of the range of dairy free milks we sell

U is for Unbelievable…we’re about to start stocking fresh fish

V is for Vouchers codes which we send out so that you can spend how you wish

“Code ‘JAN18’ gets you 10% off in January when you shop online”

W is for Why not? Give us a go for you shopping or even an office treat day?

X is for X-tremely easy, choose a time slot and PayPal makes it easy to pay

Y Is for Your feedback, if we don’t hear from you, you will be missed

Z is for Zonked, how I feel after writing this list!

• An ode to the Indies •

When I was young I’d hear it said, time and time again,

‘Farmers are always complaining’, they’d say, without any hint of refrain,

‘The weathers wrong, no time off, it simply doesn’t pay’,

‘Does anything ever go right for you?’ They’d very often say

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As I grew up, I though it unfair, I loved the life outside,

But sometimes when the times were tough I found it better to hide,

‘Everyone complains about their job’ I’d think, when they had a really tough spell,

‘But if I speak up I’ll get tarred with the brush of moaning farmer hell’!

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So smile on face I’d carry on, everything was great,

Even on those long long days when 2am stopped feeling late!

‘We love the hard work, we live for it, I wouldn’t have it another way’,

When at home the washings mounting up, next to bills we cannot pay!

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Now I’m grown with kids of my own my view begins to alter,

Isn’t it better I tell the truth, and that my love for it still doesn’t falter?!

Through all the stress, and all the hours and the heartbreak along the way,

I wouldn’t ever do anything else, not for one single solitary day!

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Not just to the farmers, this goes out to all of those who try,

To make a living being their very own boss, even when cost is high,

Our heroes that run their own small businesses, through doubt and stress and pain,

Through solitary days, and worry without ever wanting to complain.

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For those whose kitchen table is an office, whose holidays disappear,

For all those kids that hear ‘not now darling, maybe tomorrow, or next year’,

I’d really like you to complain about it more, because it really shows you care,

That through it all, you love what you do MORE, and that’s why…you’re still there!!

From Vicky,

P.S Keep smiling all the individuals and small businesses that keep the rich tapestry of our local economy going! And it doesn’t hurt to speak up about times being tough, and it not always being a bed of roses, it makes us appreciate the job you do more! January is tough but you are tougher!!

Eat your greens!

A couple of things happened to me today that made me stop and think!

1. I saw that cadburys are launching a white chocolate creme egg and if you find one you win a prize

2. I really craved vegetables

Why did these 2 things make me think, and how are they related? Well when I was younger I loved creme eggs! I could have eaten loads! I’ve enjoyed them less and less as I’ve grown up to the point that I don’t eat them now. And when I saw that picture today I felt actually really adverse to it! As for vegetables, I didn’t really eat them and I definitely didn’t enjoy them as a child. I liked peas, and maybe carrots. And I tolerated other things because I knew I should eat them. Now I genuinely love vegetables, in all colours and varieties. I’ve not been eating my usual diet over Christmas, and today I needed some colour again.

So this got my thinking, well it confirmed something I knew anyway really. If my children don’t like their vegetables and if I get sick of hearing them ask for ANOTHER chocolate coin, they are not necessarily always going to want to eat like this. So I’ll carry on giving them the skills to know how to cook, and setting a good example, and I’m sure one day they will come round to it! So more important than getting my diet back to normal in January, I’m going to get the boys cooking with me again. It’s easy to skip over these things when it’s busy, but I need to remember how important it is! I’m not one for New Years resolutions, but this has to come close!