I am finding myself wishing that I were more organised. December has whistled by and I haven't sent out my customary winter update. So I am dashing this quick email off to you principally to wish you a Happy Christmas...yes, it really is only two days away!
Not much bread left to bake before Christmas
With only two overnight bakes left until Christmas Eve, the opportunity to stock up on breads for your festive meals, like this Cranberry, oat and apple sourdough, is limited. A lot of you have been dutifully completing and submitting your order sheets, but if you haven't, do come in early tomorrow morning or very early on Christmas Eve to avoid facing empty shelves. An alternative for you is the Wednesday weekly market in Matlock tomorrow morning. Or, as some of you may have found out, Fresh Basil in Belper are now stocking our bread so you could pop in there.
Don't forget, there are a few other outlets that stock our bread for sale too. Most recently, the lovely Rosie at Portobello in Derby:
Hampers, coffees, cheeses, deli meats and festive bakes
Victoria and Rog have been working hard to keep the deli counter stocked with plenty of choice for you for the cheese board or mezze party food. There is also a terrific range of locally produced fine foods that go together to make a lovely gift. What is really good news is that if, like me, you aren't great at wrapping...Rog or Victoria will do it for you! Just select some goodies to go in a basket and they will do all the hard work to make it look beautiful!
Very last minute gift idea...a bread course in 2016
Not keen on getting beaten about the head by one of these? Then I think you need to buy a 'Breads of the North' course for the keen baker in your life! Details of this and all of the courses I offer are on the website and they make for a very sustainable gift.
Our wonderfully evolving team of staff!
We don't get many public opportunities to thank them, but we really couldn't run the loaf without our terrific team of staff. Though we are sadly saying farewell to Caroline this Christmas, the core shop and baking teams work very hard to produce fresh bread and food every day in the heart of Crich. You are good enough to tell us you appreciate their efforts and Rog and I really do too.
I should now really get back to putting together the Christmas Eve baking schedule...I don't want to get any of that wrong!! So thank you for another year of support and custom, have a lovely family time this Christmas and we wish you all the very best for a happy and healthy 2016.
With all best wishes,
Andrew and Rog
PS If you are wondering when the next pizza night is...Wednesday 27 January is the date for your new diary.