Corona-Virus Update

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I thought I would write a piece here about what we are doing to support our community through this difficult and confusing time.

We are all independent businesses down at Castlefields, and rely on your custom and co-operation to keep everyone well, we are humbled by your continued support and intend to stay open for as long as possible.
Please continue to shop with us as long as you are well and are not showing signs as outlined on NHS websites.

We are continuing to uphold our 5* hygiene rating to ensure we minimise the risk of the Corona Virus spreading. We are washing hands as much as possible, cleaning and sterilizing all scoops, tongs and containers regularly and wiping surfaces down more than usual. If there is something you think we could do, please let us know.

Things you can do to help-
Continue washing your hands regularly - this is by far the easiest method to reduce risk of contamination - we have hand washing facilities near the entrance - please make use of these before and after visiting the shop. We would like to have alcohol gel available, but stocks are low and thankfully they are being diverted to those in need, we have been assured, soap and water is sufficient.

If you donate containers / bottles for other customers to use, please place in the box outside the shop, and ensure they are clean and dry; we can not be held responsible for the condition of these.

Other ways to shop-

We have always offered a collection service and postal delivery through our Website.

This is continuing with added options below.

Order and pay online then choose your collection point -

  • Cuddle me up Slings - Eccleshall (Wednesday PM)
  • The Artisan Boutique - Stone (Friday PM)
  • Fruit Veg Stall, Stafford Indoor Market, (Tuesday PM)
  • Lamb and Flag pub -Little Haywood (3rd Wednesday of the Month 11.00 - 12.30)
  • Roots Larder - Mon-Sat 9.30-5.00 Collection only - Please message to arrange.

All orders must be placed by MIDDAY the day before your collection day. i.e. for Wednesday collection, last orders are Midday Tuesday. Please call if you need to.

You are welcome to drop off your containers along with your order, we will complete your order and you can collect when convenient - no waiting around for you-

If we can help anyone who is 'at risk' please do not hesitate to contact us, we may be able to help with deliveries, collections or getting in touch with other organisations if you are isolated or experiencing hardship.

Its important to keep calm, support one another and look after ourselves in a mindful conscious manner - shopping sensibly, with compassion, whilst supporting local small businesses.

Take good care of those around you and follow the recommendations being made.

We will update this when things change.

Namaste x


Seed Sprouting

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A customer asked me about sprouting seeds, so I thought I would add some details in this news letter. Including how to make your own sprouting containers.

All you need is an old jam-jar and some seeds (like lentil, alfalfa or chickpea) all available from us :-). It’s super easy.

Sprouts grow well all year round – and are the perfect thing for midwinter when few other things can be sown. Seeds Available from Us Sunflower, Alfalfa, Mustard, Fenugreek, Chickpeas, Brown and green Lentils, mung beans, aduki beans. Starter Kits are available from March 2020 (using recycled jars)

Why sprout?

Sprouts can be grown at any time of year in even the smallest home and on the smallest budget. What’s more, they’re packed with vitamins and nutrients, good for your health and fighting off those pesky winter colds.

A huge variety of seeds can easily be grown to eat as sprouts including radish, chick pea, mung beans, alfalfa, fenugreek, sunflower, lentil, and mustard. Each has its own unique flavour.

Add them to sandwiches, salads, soups and stir-fries or eat them on their own as a healthy snack. My Kids love them !! It’s fun to experiment.

Fantastic value

You don’t need to buy the small, pricey packets of sprouting seeds either. Many dried pulses like mung beans, lentils or chick peas from the shop will sprout just as well at a fraction of the cost.

How to make your own sprouter

Sprouters are readily available to buy or its super easy to make your own. In my experience, a DIY jam-jar sprouter is actually easier to use and gives better results than many commercial sprouters.

Make your own sprouter in two simple steps:

1. Find a decent sized glass jar, preferably with a lid.

2. Drill small holes in the lid – 3mm is fine or punch them with a hammer and nail. If you prefer, you can dispense with the lid altogether and simply drain the water off through your fingers or a piece of cloth.

That’s it. Your sprouter is finished and ready to go. Now here is how to use it…

How to grow sprouts

1. Put some seeds in the bottom of the jar and cover with water to soak for twelve hours. You can add just one type of seed or a mix of varieties, it’s fun to experiment. The seeds will expand a lot as they grow. Half to one inch (1cm – 2cm) of dried seeds will usually fill a jar. It varies between seeds – radish expands more than sunflowers, for example – you’ll quickly learn. 2. After twelve hours rinse the seeds in water. Ideally, the water should be at room temperature – not too cold and not too hot. Then drain the water out of the holes in the lid, leaving the seeds damp but not swimming in water. 3. Repeat the rinsing process at least once every 12 hours until the sprouts are ready – usually about 2 to 4 days.

4. Eat the sprouts straight away. Or transfer them to a container in the fridge where they keep well for several days (my family has happily eaten them at least a week later).

How do you like ’em?

If you grow or buy sprouts, I’ll be fascinated to hear how you like to eat them – which varieties do you like best and what’s the tastiest ways to eat them? let's share our findings

Health warning

In the main, sprouts are a super healthy food and make an excellent addition to most balanced diets. However, please be aware that, like some other foods (oysters, eggs for example), sprouts can occasionally carry Ecoli and Salmonella food poisoning (inside the seeds). The chances of buying contaminated seed is very low. However small, you should be aware there is a risk, particularly if you do not enjoy strong health.