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I know that busy times are ahead when we start to bake our first mince pies of the season! Jane, our fabulous cake baker, made buckets and buckets of mincemeat some weeks ago making use of the new-season British apples. It is now time to taste whether all that brandy has worked its magic as the first pies headed for the ovens over weekend! Our mince pies are available at Christmas markets from now on and in our shops from the start of Advent on December 1.
We had a fantastic time at the Fabulous Places Christmas Market over the weekend. Lovely to see so many familiar faces and to meet a myriad new ones! Still to come are:
The Carsington Water Christmas Food Festival this coming Sunday 24th November
The Belper Christmas Food Festival on Sunday 1 December
The Hardwick Hall Winter Food Market on Saturday 7 December
and all of our regular farmer's and other weekly markets
Do try to join us at some of these events where we will have a good selection of the ever popular Cranberry, oat and apple sourdough as well as Apricot and walnut sourdough and our popular Christmas focaccia.
We are delighted to be displaying art work this week and next from Crich Junior School as part of the School Arts Trail project. The artistic work of children at the Junior School has resulted in them being awarded an Arts Mark gold award. To celebrate, the school are doing an art trail throughout the village to display the children's work.
We are happy to display some food related art and further pictures and artworks will be on display at Crich Butchers, Crich Tea Rooms, the Glebe Field Centre and Love Hector's Emporium.
We can't wait for you to try our mince pies and we are really excited about pairing them up with some of Bluebell's delicious icecream in a special 'Dessert Duo' served right through December. If you bring in one of our offer leaflets, we will give you a free coffee or tea when you order the dessert duo. Look out for the leaflet coming through your letter box or download a copy here.
Make sure you check out the extensive range of stocking fillers and gifts Rog has sourced in the deli. There are Dr Roses bath soaks, Collitali pizza, chilli and garlic herb mixes, Kitchen Garden chutneys, mustards and relishes as well as tealight holders, hangover comforters and hot chocolate 'chocshots'.
There are also some more substantial gift ideas like the Brock & Morten kitchen collection of flavoured rapeseed oils or the Baytree preserve collection. Finally, why not put together a hamper or a gift basket. Talk to Rog for more details.
By using your local bakery, and the other businesses close to where you live, you are supporting your local economy, employment and helping to strengthen our community. This is all the more reason for using us regularly for your bread. As a little extra incentive, use our loyalty leaflet to collect stamps from us during December and we will reward your loyalty with a free loaf of your choice. You can download it here or pick up a copy from our market stall. Thank you for your loyalty to a local business, we appreciate it.
Over the summer we had quite a few staff changes and we have been delighted to welcome some new faces to the loaf. In Crich we have Caroline, Molly and Luke in the shop as well as Imre, Jane and Jaroslaw joining the bakers in the bakery. Then in Matlock, Sam has joined Helen. You might not have recognised the two of them last week though as they donned costumes to raise money for Children in Need. Thanks to all our generous customers for your support of this, Remembrance Day and our other charitable activities through the year.
Having had a very busy year in 2013 with breadmaking courses, I published next year's dates a few weeks ago and they are already filling up fast! So if you were planning on giving a course to someone as a Christmas present then get in touch soon! All details are on the website.
As always we will be baking right up to Christmas Eve (see opening hours below) and I will let you know by email when I have produced this year's order form to make sure you get the bread you want for Christmas.
Our wholesale customers will also be taking orders so do get in touch with them if you prefer to pick up your bread from one of them. This includes Jack Rabbits in Derby, Strutt Street Bakery in Belper, Waterhouse Delights Deli in Wirksworth, the Bottle Kiln in West Hallam and Brown and Green ethical food store in the Derby Garden Centre, Little Eaton.
Up to 21 December, normal opening hours at both shops.
Sunday 22 December - CLOSED
Monday 23 December (Crich) - 8am - 5pm, bread orders only and normal café service
Monday 23 December (Matlock) - 8.30am - 4.30pm, bread orders only and normal café service
Tuesday 24 December (Crich) - 8am - 1pm, bread orders only and no café service
Tuesday 24 December (Matlock) - 8.30am - 1pm, bread orders only and no café service
Wednesday 25 December - Sunday 29 December - CLOSED in Matlock and Crich
Monday 30 December - normal weekday opening hours in Matlock and Crich, bread orders preferred
Tuesday 31 December (Crich) - 8am - 3pm, bread orders only, normal café service
Tuesday 31 December (Matlock) - 8.30am - 3pm, bread orders only, normal café service
Wednesday 1 January 2012 - Thursday 2 January - Crich and Matlock both CLOSED
Normal opening hours resume on Friday 3 January.
There aren't many pizza nights left between now and Christmas and tables are booking fast so contact us soon to avoid disappointment. We will resume weekly pizza nights on Wednesday 29 January. All details of the menu and weekly specials are on the website.
Can't wait to see you all during the coming weeks and share some festive cheer over a mince pie!
Andrew and Rog
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