Sample local food directory listing

Local food producer, retailer, or restaurant?

This is a sample of what your FREE listing in the local food directory could look like – all you need to do is send an email to info@loafonline.co.uk with the information in this sample. Freebies like this won’t be around forever – send your listing in now! The logo or photo you supply will be thumbnailed to 150×150 so bear this in mind, and choose carefully.

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Name: Brummie Honey Ltd
Address: The Hive, 1 Honey Street, Birmingham B3 3ZZ .
Tel: 0121 CALLHONEY
Email: stingme@brummiehoney.net
Web: www.brummiehoney.net
Local Products Available (<40 miles from B1 1AA):
Sutton Park Woodland Honey - B74 2YT [postcode or place name essential]
Stockists in Birmingham or Solihull: [optional]
The Moseley Produce Store [names only, link will be added to their listing where appropriate]

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Dreaming of an earth oven – part 1

www.earthovens.co.uk started it – a Sunday afternoon’s lazy random browsing on the internet clicking from link to mindless link, and all of a sudden I’d found my new project – I wanted an earth oven!!! So I enrolled on the course, last May, on a rainy Herefordshire weekend, and spent two days with 8 fellow dreamers learning how to build a traditional bread oven out of mud. A fab weekend it was too, despite the inclement weather – excellently facilitated by the knowledgeable and laid back Richard Scadding, and hosted in a friends idyllic converted chapel in the Marches, complete with existing bakehouse and earth oven, which produced some fine baked goodies throughout the weekend.

digging the foundations
digging the foundations
mixing concrete
mixing concrete
tapping and smoothing
tapping and smoothing
the finished foundations
the finished foundations and bakehouse

Anyway, that was 2008, enough deliberation. I have been champing at the bit for over a year now, and finally my own project is under way – I’m aiming to finish in time for Lammas, the ancient harvest festival celebrated by baking a loaf with autumns first grain, on 1st August. Check out theReal Bread Campaign for other events happening in celebration of Lammas.

I’ll be hijacking loafonline to chart the highs and lows of the project over the next few weeks, and if anyone wants to get involved then drop me a line at info@loafonline.co.uk – any willing feet for puddling, or bricklaying expertise will be gratefully received! I’m also hoping to share the finished oven too, not just keep it to myself, perhaps get some community baking going – so if this sounds up your street, do get in touch.

This weekend, with a little help, the foundations got dug, and the concrete got poured. I’ve also had a shelter/bakehouse built by a carpenter friend, which eventually will have a sedum roof on top. The foundations are a foot deep as I think the plinth and oven combined will potentially weigh a couple of tons! As the photos show, the plinth is circular and about 4 foot across. The concrete was poured on Sunday and is nice and hard already so I should be all set for starting the brickwork this weekend, I’ll let you know how I get on!

Tom.

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