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Posted on Monday 1 May 2017


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Get to know your True Food team

By Charlotte Hawkins, Volunteer Contributor

True Food’s members own and run the business, but we also have a small and dedicated core of five paid staff members who keep the show on the road, each with their own specific role. Helen is our Business Manager, Julia our Finance Manager, and Rebecca our Buyer. We also have job-sharing Shop Managers, Helga and Steve.

I asked the team how long they'd worked at True Food, what their job involved, what the best and most challenging parts of their jobs were, and what they enjoyed most about being part of True Food and this is what they told me:



EVENT: Members' day out to Green Shoots
Sun 7 May 2017 10am - 3.30pm

Come and join us for a fun day out at Green Shoots, a five acre plant nursery just north of Sonning Common. We will arrive for coffee at 10am and leave after tea and cake at 3.30pm.

Paul, their head gardener, will show us around the site in the morning, describing their growing methods. At 12 noon we will enjoy a buffet style lunch in a gazebo, and then at 1.30pm we will hold our AGM. Find out more...

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Calonwen CheeseWhy we love...CHEESE

By Diana Earnshaw, Volunteer Contributor

There are very few natural foods that supply such a broad range of important nutrients, in a form which is easy to assimilate for us humans. Cheese is up there near the top of the list. It has much more to commend it too – it is versatile, relatively inexpensive and if it is organic, there are no unwanted added unnatural ingredients. Even people sensitive to lactose can often enjoy a little hard cheese (such as Cheddar), because the culture used in its creation will feed on the natural milk sugars. Read more...

Try our cheesy recipe below!


Homity PieRECIPE of the month:
Vegetarian Homity Pie

By Diana Earnshaw, Volunteer Contributor

Some of you might remember the 70s vegetarian revolution. Restaurants everywhere were offering their version of Homity Pie. It’s real comfort food, but absolutely delicious. The recipe below is the updated version from BBC Food (which I have altered a little). Try recipe...


AnneAndyVillage Maid Cheese is based at Risely, 10 miles from the True Food Shop.

Village Maid Cheese was started by Anne Wigmore in 1986. Together with her husband Andy, and staff, the company now produce three award-winning cheeses. Read more...


Foodie events in May

Real Bread Week

Real Bread Week 6-14 May

You'll need some bread to go with that cheese, so why not celebrate Real Bread Week - the annual celebration of supporting your local, independent Real Bread bakery and baking your own.

True Food has had the pleasure of buying superb quality organic bread and pastries from Aston’s Bakehouse since 2013. We also stock John Letts' heritage flours, so whether you are buying or baking bread - True Food is the place to shop in Reading. 


Coeliac Awareness Week - 8-14 May

This year the focus shifts to eating out with the launch of Coeliac UK's Gluten Freevolution - a campaign for better gluten free food whether you’re eating out or grabbing something quick on the move.

NationalVeggieWeekNational Vegetarian Week 15 - 21 May

It's all about eating veggie for the week and enjoying delicious, exciting food. The official website welcomes you to join in and there are loads of mouth?watering recipes, tips and resource packs to help you make the most of it. You can get all your veggie supplies at True Food

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