A Progressive Retail Network for Scotland?

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estrategia fisher para opciones binarias Here’s a bit about our trip…

Visiting Locavore

För Cialis We met at the Locavore Grocery Store in Glasgow, where we had the opportunity to explore the range of organic produce, wholefoods and household products that they carry.

binära optioner fake As a small shop based in the heart of Bruntsfield, Dig-in is always considering the best use of shelf space in our wee greengrocer. It was great to see how Locavore worked within its own small premises, and we picked up a couple of good ideas about how to maximise our space back in Edinburgh.
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Sharing experiences

ربح المال في مجال العقارات After we’d admired the grocery store, the participants went across the road to share our  experiences and ideas over a cup of coffee.

http://zipcapitalgroup.com/?tici=options-binaires-suisse&467=f4 options binaires suisse Many small retailers were invited to attend the meeting, and representatives included Dig-in (Edinburgh), Pillars of Hercules (Fife), Locavore and Harvest Co-op (Glasgow) and even a representative from Bùth Bharraigh, all the way from the Isle of Barra.
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As we introduced ourselves, it was clear that each retailer had emerged from distinct social and economic contexts, and that these contexts affected the way we were set up and continued to run. For example, the meeting included retailers from a wide range of staffing and management structures, urban and rural locations, size of shop and relationship with community members or shareholders. Some retailers grow their own organic fruit and veg, while others were established primarily to provide a space within the community for local producers to collectively market and sell their products.

opzioni binarie supporti e resistenze 60 secondi Locavore is in the process of opening a social enterprise supermarket in Glasgow, so it was a particularly interesting time to learn more about their ambitious and exciting ‘Big Plan’.

Discovering shared values

opcje binarne skuteczna strategia Despite the distinctions between our shops, we found that our small businesses had a lot in common. As independent retailers, we are all striving to build sustainable businesses, while promoting social, environmental and economic health in Scotland and further afield. We work hard to build relationships in our communities so that our customers receive a personal and welcoming service and can feel good about spending their money locally. We are all working with Scottish growers and producers to support local businesses and provide high quality alternatives for our customers.

quali sono le migliore societàdi opzioni binarie It was inspiring to hear about the ways in which these diverse retailers are working to overcome common challenges, and we’re pleased to be involved in a network that will continue to support these conversations in the future.

What’s Next?

It was a great first meeting, and everyone agreed that there is value in sharing ideas and supporting each other in the face of the current challenges in creating sustainable small businesses. We’re looking forward to hosting the next meet-up of the Scottish Progressive Retail Network later this year in Edinburgh, so stay tuned.

Winter citrus and seasonal eats

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At this time of year winter citrus are inspiring and we’ve had some beautiful oranges, lemons and pomegranates in from sunnier lands.

The supermarkets may be doing their oranges and kilner jar thing at this time of year too but it’s hard to put a value on the additional experience of having a well loved home-made marmalade recipe relayed to you by a volunteer hard at work (thanks Janet) and swiftly converted from imperial to metric (thanks Fraser) when you come by the shop and find yourself inspired to try marmalade making. And our Seville Oranges are cheaper than the supermarkets.

Whether you’re swinging by Dig-In for a staple on your way home and share a passing chat with another customer or volunteer or whether you’re attempting to prevent your toddler wrecking havoc whilst having an adult conversation about marmalade … we reckon the shop offers such a valuable community experience that everyone deserves to have access to.

Beyond the citrus, with the vegetable and salad shortage due to wet weather in Spain, our suggestion is of course to eat local and seasonally! You’ll notice the shop tomatoes, broccoli, courgettes, bagged spinach and tomatoes have taken a rather huge hike. BUT… we have beautiful local carrots, onions and root veg along with plenty of kale and cavalo nero.

Chop the root veg finely and soften, add some red lentils, stock or water and your greens and you’ve got a beautiful seasonal soup. If you’re after some non-veg flavours, try just a wee piece of the beautiful traditionally smoked ribs from W.M Christie Bruntsfield Butchers across the road and you’ll also have a beautiful result. It’s a great time of year to think about the benefits – cost, community and healthwise – of eating locally grown seasonal produce from suppliers we know.

We’ve got plenty of ideas for 2017 and look forward to sharing our plans with you. News coming shortly to confirm our AGM in late February which will feature an inspiring guest speaker along with our calendar of seasonal produce and events. Expect a newsletter in a few weeks if you’ve signed up (if not please do on our main page, bottom) with seasonal recipes, volunteer profiles, news from the shop and more.

As we’ve mentioned over the past few months and in the meeting we specially convened late last year, we do need your support and the next few months are a really important time for Dig-In. Following our survey last September, we got some great feedback and have been working hard to improve things in the shop such that we can encourage you to shop with us more for more of your weekly shop. It’s important that we can increase our income to be sustainable. Any feedback from you on how we can improve in any area is always appreciated – welovecommunity@diginbruntsfield.co.uk.

Enjoy the beautiful crisp mornings, the frozen canal and glowing winter sunsets.

Please come in for our beautiful local produce, recipe ideas and a chat. Grab yourself some winter citrus boost and explore the new stock in our Wholefoods Pantry (no more ‘back room’!). We hope to see you soon.

 

 

 

Buckwheat and Daffodils

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Thanks for making it to our blog! Easter is around the corner, the days are getting longer and we’re real excited about the prospect of spring veg and beyond in 2016…

We have just had another great Saturday Session which was all things Gluten Free and with the added bonus of a beautiful sunny day (somewhat superior to the horizontal sleet in February for our Soup Saturday but at the time we couldn’t complain about it not being soup weather at least!).

From the mocha Pulsetta Thins to the maize and rice Dove fusilli tossed in roasted Dig-In Veg, it was (we think) a fab showcase of our backroom GF stock, a nice chance to get some new cooking ideas and really great to chat to the community.

A big thanks to Scott at Greencity Wholefoods who as our main backroom supplier, gave us two boxes of tasty treats to try. A big thanks also to Emma who manages the Vegware Community Fund and who sorted us out with donated cups and spoons (compostable of course). Cheers also to Manager Mike for giving us an improved table setup out front and to Marie, Julie and Isla who were in doing Saturday shifts in the shop.

The best tasters were those made with the gift of time from our Volunteers and we just can’t run events at all without you (or – indeed – the shop itself). A huge thanks must go to Kateriina for her fabulous banana bread and brownies, Cory for hear beautiful baba ganoush and houmous (challenge of the day was spelling this on our tasting labels and, as I’ve just realised, we failed), Sorour for her beautiful seeded crackers – delivered enroute to the airport for a trip away (now that’s dedication!) – Nicky for her colourful marzipan leaves and fellow PACE subgroup members Sheena for fudgy avocado goodness and Chelsea for her brilliant buckwheat carrot cake and mixed pasta.

We’re hoping to get recipes online soon in a new section on the website thanks to Katie our new Dig-In volunteer web developer. You’ll notice a few tear off recipe bundles hanging around in the shop which include last month’s fabulous soups by Frankie, Janet and Chelsea – read about them in our newsetter archive for February here if you missed them.

We love having events outside the shop – it really engages people shopping, brunching or enjoying a coffee (though with the prospect of free chocolate brownies as you walk by who wouldn’t be engaged really…). People create a great buzz outside the shop and, we hope, draw more folks in to buy. We are always on the lookout for ideas or volunteers (or indeed anyone with an interest in anything!) to help make them happen. Don’t hesitate – come in and chat or get in touch with our Promotion and Community Engagement (PACE) subgroup here.

We do need your support to be a sustainable feature here at 119 Bruntsfield Place and we do want to spread the word wider that we’re a great place to get your groceries – for both social and economic reasons… More on that and our recent AGM and upcoming April events soon…

Till then, Happy Easter to those celebrating and hang in there with our lovely East Coast Organics kale….clocks are a changing, daffodils are a blooming… Spring 2016 is on!

 

January greetings, sample some soup

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It’s that kind of weather isn’t it! Our warm greetings and a hot chocolate toast to 2016. Best wishes from the staff and volunteers at Dig-In and thanks so much for your support.

We’re really excited about 2016. It’s our 2nd birthday in May and there will be some celebrations planned but plenty to talk about over the coming months first.

Firstly, a call out to all our valued Shareholders. Check your inboxes for details of our upcoming 3rd Annual General Meeting (AGM) in Christ Church (the church centre next to the church) at Holy Corner, Bruntsfield, Edinburgh, at binaire opties demo account 5.30PM on Monday the 22nd February opcje binarne chomikuj 2016. As well as the formal business of the AGM and election of new Management Committee Members, we will host an informal Q&A session so it’s a great chance to come and let us know your thoughts on the shop and our future plans. We’d love some new MC members and are looking specifically for a new Treasurer – more details on the website here. If you’d like to be part of the AGM and have a say or nominate for election but are not a shareholder then become one – now – here!

We would also like to invite you all along to the store on option navighetor demo Saturday the 13th of February for a Soup themed Saturday Session. We’ll have some trusty volunteers set up outside the shop with some soups to try and whether you’re after some vegetable goodness or something more meaty, there’s no need to look further than Bruntsfield Place for all ingredients – locally sourced and benefiting our community. Whilst it’s not the time of year when our fruit and vegetables are at their most glamorous (though the neeps will be feeling important for Burns Night) it is a fantastic time of year for hearty winter soups and stews and we’d love hear your recipes as you come to say hi. Pink Valentine’s Day Borsch with our gorgeous beets, anyone?

For a wholesome, tasty, winter meal we think the fact that you can do your whole shop at our Community Greengrocer is fantastic. We’ve got all the grains and legumes you’ll need in the backroom along with some lovely cheeses, tinned and preserved goods and in the front room as you know we stock plenty of both organic and non-organic veg (sometimes you’ll even find the organic ones are cheaper!).

As well as having a great range, طرق سهله لتربح المال من المنزل we know we’re often cheaper than the local supermarkets. Some people don’t realise this; if you agree please feel free to help get the word out and support us by sharing, liking, tagging and blogging. Or, avoid the social media and simply mention it to your lovely friends and family over a drink. We’d love it if more people did a regular shop at Dig-In.  As always, if you have any queries about our stock please don’t hesitate to contact us or drop in – we like to chat.

In March we’re planning a gluten free/vegan tasting Saturday Session to sample some GF/VG goodies in store and hope to support some local charities; beyond that, plenty of appearances and events for Dig-In – stay tuned!

Thanks for reading, hope to see you on the 13th February for soup and our AGM on the 22nd. Until then, please keep Digging In!

The Many Shades of Autumn

We hope you’re enjoying the colors of autumn as much as we are.

We’re also pretty excited about the amazing colors of veges you can buy in the shop this time of year.

We just love the three special beets which have graced our shelves recently – Choggia, Golden Globe and Cylindra – which just seem destined to make our usual beets and organic beets look rather plain (we’d hate to think how the neeps are feeling…!). Try slow baking them with a drizzle of oil as seen below with our exciting black british heritage potatoes which are actually a brilliant purple (and some sweet potatoes which we know are not local autumnal). Or try baking them in wedges in baking paper for sweet and colorful additions to a salad.

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And don’t get us started on squashes… but do come say hello to our Organic Blue Ballet, Celebration, Crook Neck, Delicata, Green Acorn, Harlequin, Hokkaido, Rolet, and Spaghetti Squash friends.

Check out Facebook page for some spooky Halloween entrants in our pumpkin carving competition – thanks to all the entrants and posts. We do love nothing more than being tagged, shared and liked. So whether you’re a facebooker, tweeter or instagramer, please think about supporting us in this way.

Have a lovely foggy week! Stay posted for some upcoming festive events and some more info on how you can volunteer with us in wonderful interesting ways …

 

Supporters Account Launch 25 March

In true Dig-in style we’d like to invite you to join us for a cup of soup at the shop on Wednesday 25th March between 4:30 and 7pm.We’re launching our new order and collect Fruit and Veg Bags and our Supporters Card and we’d love to have the opportunity to tell you about it first over a cup of soup.

Soup will be available from 4:30-7pm, or until we run out!

We hope to see you there.

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Wanted – Community Shop Manager

Contract type: Permanent

Full time, salary circa £19,500

 

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Shop Manager to join Dig-In, our community owned greengrocer in the heart of Bruntsfield.  As Shop Manager your role will be to ensure the smooth daily running of Dig-In and drive the growth of the business. We are looking for someone who shares our values; is motivated by what we’re trying achieve; excited about providing excellent customer service.

 

The suitable person will have expertise in business development, particularly marketing and increasing sales while keeping community and customers at the heart of the business and knowledge of and/or commitment to food retail.  An understanding of social or community enterprise would be advantageous.  Communication skills and competency in managing staff and supervising volunteers is essential.

 

If you think you have the skills and experience to do the job, you’re excited about the role and want to be part of this community initiative – then we want you to apply!

 

For further information about the role please visit the Job Opportunities section on our website. If you have any questions e-mail us at shop@diginbruntsfield.co.uk and leave your name, telephone number and details of any time preference to return your call and we’ll get back to you to have an informal chat! Or we can answer your query by email.

 

How to apply

 

Please provide a CV along with a covering letter summarising why you are applying for the post and what skills you will bring to the role and e-mail it to shop@diginbruntsfield.co.uk indicating where you saw the advert.

 

We look forward to hearing from you!

 

Closing Date: 5pm Friday 3rd April

We’re Hiring: Shop Supervisor Position

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An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Shop Supervisor to join Dig-In, our community owned greengrocer in the heart of Bruntsfield, Edinburgh.  As one of the shop supervisors you will be partially responsible for the day-to-day management of the shop but will also have the opportunity to contribute to business development.  We are looking for someone who shares our values; is motivated about what we’re trying achieve; excited about working with a group of diverse volunteers and enthusiastic about building and developing the business.

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What’s in Season?

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Dig-In is proud to be sourcing the best seasonal produce from local growers. We have delicious salads, spinach and chard from Whitmuir Farm, only 20 miles from Edinburgh. Our regular organic deliveries from East Coat Organics in East Lothian including fresh herbs, kohlrabi and new season garlic, as well as their own organic eggs which are proving so popular with you all.

We also are continuing to stock produce from the Cyrenians, just west of Edinburgh. Pop in and see what seasonal delights we’ve got in from their farm; recent additions include runner beans, courgettes and courgette flowers – perfect for filling and deep frying for a summer treat. We’re thrilled to be able to offer such fantastic produce, so get them now while they’re in season.

Juicy Scottish tomatoes are now on the shelves, and we have UK cherries, nearly black in colour and at their peak. We still have ripe summer berries coming in from Fife and our strawberries and raspberries have been flying off the shelves – we’re glad you enjoy them!

To keep up to date with what’s in stock, like our Facebook page or follow us on Twitter.

We’re One Month Old

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It’s been nearly a month now since the Dig-In doors opened and we can’t quite believe it. How time flies when you’re having fun. But with the fun comes hard work and there’s been plenty of that!

Running the shop is a constant learning process. Working with suppliers, taking deliveries and staffing (apart from our shop manager Susan, the shop is run solely by volunteers) are just some of the many things happening day to day. Although we have had a few teething problems, we’re starting to find our feet and can’t thank you enough for your understanding and continued support. It’s an absolute pleasure meeting you, our customers. We continue to be overwhelmed with everyone’s kind words and love getting to know the local community. We’ve even had some photos sent in from happy shoppers.

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Alan, head chef at Royal Mile’s Wedgwood the Restaurant nipped in and picked up some fresh veg. He made truffled Highland burgundy potato veloute with beetroot crisps with the Carroll’s Heritage Potatoes we stock.

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A very kind lady from The Marchmont Garden donated strawberry plants and they are in the back room catching some rays.

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We’ve been asking you guys to send us photographs of your Dig-in meals.
Sam, aged 6 did one better. He drew his dinner. I think we can all agree Sam is very talented.

So what’s coming up? Well, we have a lot more blogs coming your way for a start. Recipes, tips, information about seasonal foods as well as regular updates direct from the shop. We also have our first ever AGM on 17th June and will also be appearing at the Bruntsfield Primary School Fete Saturday June 7th from 11am-2pm.

Keep checking back, sending your pictures and chatting on our Facebook and Twitter.