Sadly, James and Rhia Gardiner Bateman recently lost their father – and in his memory, have decided to open a new healthy food store in Chew Magna High Street, where the travel agent used to be.
James and Rhia are passionate about great produce. Both having been been raised in the Chew Valley, they are keen to source as much of their stock as possible from local suppliers.
“Refill, Reuse, Replenish” – they will be encouraging people to bring their own containers to refill, and will also be supplying sustainable methods of packaging in store. The elimination of plastic packaging is a big thing for JAR’s – the name reflects this and is also an amalgamation of James and Rhia’s names!
Consumer-led suggestions and feedback are very important to this keen team, as they want to supply just what the community would like to see.
There will be substantial range of whole foods in dispensers with scoops (pulses, baking essentials, dried fruits, nuts, cereals, rice, pasta and other wonderfully organic and healthy delights). Just bring along a container and you can buy the exact quantity you require.
Fresh foods will include beautiful breads in-house on a daily basis; assorted sourdoughs, focaccia, vegan/non-vegan pastries, and home-baked savoury offerings, as well as a range of organic fruit and vegetables.
Coffee is a huge pastime and hobby of James’ – he is thrilled to be offering specialty coffee for takeaway with his pride and joy, a La Marzocco machine. As well as Espresso-based beverages, there will also be a choice of alternating guest filter coffees.
Also, working closely with James’ friend’s oat milk company, Minor Figures (brewed locally in Shepton Mallet), they will have one of the first refrigerated Oat Milk Dispensers nationwide in the shop.
This is great news for those of us in Chew Magna who have had to go into Bristol to find organic health foods or loose dry goods – we wish them well!
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