First Post of 2015!

Hi all

It is still a early for any harvests but we will be active this year with picking fruit as well as jam and chutney making. A full schedule of activities will be in place and on the blog soon.

In the meantime if your are local to Ealing our apple juice, chutneys and elderflower cordial are all sold through Cheddar Deli on Northfields Avenue.

http://cheddardeli.co.uk/

If you wish to volunteer or have fruit trees that will hopefully bear lots of fruit this year, please drop me a line on wenabundance@gmail.com

Happy Easter!

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Our first apple juice of this year is on its way

We’ve just delivered our first batch of apples to Chiltern Ridge for pressing. This first batch will be more dry than sweet as its main apple is a Bramley – the standard English cooking apple. We’ve mixed in some James Grieve, Discovery and Katy to give it a slightly sweeter edge, so we’re keen to have a taste and see how it’s turned out. The juice will be on sale at the West Ealing SoundBite Festival on Saturday 13th September.

SoundBite 2014

New season’s elderflower cordial now available

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The wait is over! We now have our first batch of this year’s elderflower cordial available to buy. We can never seem to make enough so we’re increasing our production again this year. We’re aiming to make at least 200 bottles and we’re well over half way to our target. If you want to order some it costs £3 a bottle and please email us at wenabundance@gmail.com or come and see our stall at the Hanwell Carnival on Saturday June 21st.

Update March 2014

Sorry, we’ve been so silent – plenty going on, though.

Our produce (apple juice, chutney, jam) is now sold through Edible Ealing and Cheddar Deli. We will also be selling at fairs as usual through the season. We’ve had a pruning professional down at the community orchard so the trees are looking tidy. Our next harvest is elderflower in May – we’ll be looking for pickers then. Elderflower cordial always sells quickly.

We are always looking for new fruit trees to pick – so if you know of any, let us know. If you want to be on the picking posse, let us know.

Christmas Craft Market on Saturday 4th December in Melbourne Avenue, West Ealing 10am – 4pm

Following on from the very successful Arts and Crafts Fair WEN has organised a Christmas Craft Fair in Melbourne Avenue. There will be stalls selling a range of goods including:

* jewellery
* glassware
* African art
* wooden gifts
* clothing
* embroidery
* cakes …and more

If you missed the Arts and Crafts Fair or just need a few ideas for Christmas presents do please come along.

Arts and Crafts Fair – St James Church, West Ealing Saturday 27th November 10am-4pm

Come along to West Ealing Neighbours Arts and Crafts Fair at St James Church (at the back of Sainsbury’s in West Ealing) on Saturday 27th November from 10am to 4pm. The craft fair is now in it’s 10th year, although this is the first time WEN have taken over the organisation of it. This is a hugely popular event that is packed out with local people selling their wares to the public. The nature of the event means that coming along will make your Christmas shopping so much easier this year!

And of course West Ealing Abundance will be selling our delicious Jams and Chutneys, as well as seeking more volunteers and continuing with our fruit mapping.

Come along; you won’t be disappointed.

Arts and Crafts Fair Flyer

Happy New Year!

After a Christmas break we will be busy preparing for Walpole Ward Forum on the 21st January 2010 to present a proposal for some funding to extend Abundance.  I will keep you updated!

SUSU Organic

My fellow neighbour, Gill has been making contact with like-minded individuals via the Internet and Susie Bailey from SUSU Organic has very kindly offered to advertise West Ealing Abundance on her website.

Susie has set up a very informative directory of the best of organic, the best of green, the best of sustainable and the best of eco-friendly businesses around the Nottinghamshire area.

Susie doesn’t just want a directory of businesses that are willing to pay for advertising. She wants to provide a directory of businesses that feel happy to recommend to friends and family.

Read about us by clicking on the SUSU Organic link under ‘useful websites’. You can also browse Susie’s very informative and well laid out website.

have your food shopping habits changed since the recession?

Last night I watched a Money Programme 3-part special with Greg Wallace investigating consumers food shopping habits now we are in recession. It appears that value own brands are on a massive increase and organic produce sales have decreased by around 11%, although Fairtrade products are up.

It got me thinking about how I have economised since a) having a son to look after and b) since watching my pennies in the recession.

Have your shopping habits changed? And if so in what way?