Stirchley Market Tomorrow

It’s the wonderful Stirchley Market tomorrow, and we’re going to be down there again selling fresh bread. There’s going to be a slight change to our stall from now on though as we’re doubling the size of it, and sharing it with South Birmingham Food Co-operative. As some of you may know we are moving Loaf into a new HQ later in the year (hopefully in December). In this large premises there will be room for a cookery school, bakery, and a nice little shop. We’re hoping that the shop will not only sell products from Loaf (i.e. bread), but also general grocery items and wholefoods from South Birmingham Food Co-op as well. Therefore it makes sense to start trading as one on the market stall aswell so shoppers can get used to the idea. So from tomorrow as well as coming down for fresh bread, we’ll be stocking lentils, rice, oats, sugar and other general provisions – come down and check it out and if you want to earn extra hippy-points, bring your own tupperware to fill up (although free paper bags are available too!). The bread on sale will be:

Cotteridge Sourdough

Borodinsky Rye sourdough (with caraway, malt, molasses)


Stirchley Potato bread

White split tin

Bournville Babka (chocolate swirl bread)

Free Your Food!

There’s great news for families in the Selly Park area of South Birmingham, who now have access to a community food cooperative, and can buy all their essential store cupboard items communally, getting a cheaper price and bypassing the supermarkets. The South Birmingham Food Coop has been up and running since January 2010, and stock wholefoods and store cupboard items as well as environmentally friendly household products. Nancy from the food coop says:

Currently we order on an adhoc basis according to members’ demands from Suma (, a cooperative wholesaler based in Tadcaster. We are run for and by our members on a not for profit basis with the aim of providing affordable, quality and healthy food to our communities. In the future we hope to become an outlet for local producers and stock fresh produce too. If you would like to join and take control of your food, get in touch; the bigger our membership, the more we can do.

South Birmingham Food Coop are based out of Enheduanna Housing Cooperative in Selly Park and can be contacted by calling Nancy on 07923405153 or at