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Throughout the pandemic we have implemented and updated social distancing procedures according to needs, ensuring that our customers can shop safely with us in a friendly environment.

As per the new regulations launched on 24th July 2020, we ask that customers wear a face covering before entering the shop. Our staff will also be wearing masks. Children under 11 or those with underlying health conditions who are unable to wear a mask are exempt.

During busy periods, we may need to limit the number of customers in the shop at any one time, with a "one-in, one-out" policy. Please be aware of social distancing, especially as we have limited floor space. We also ask that customers use the complimentary hand sanitiser at the front door before entering the shop.

We have protective screens up at the checkouts, and floor signage acts as a reminder for customers to be aware of social distancing. We also have signage to indicate that we have separate doors for entering and exiting.

Although we are still taking cash payments, we encourage the use of debit/credit cards or payment using apps such as Google Pay and Apple Pay.

Please note that during the pandemic, we are unable to allow customers to use our toilet facilities.

We value your feedback. Please let us know if you have any concerns. Please remember also that if you are aged 70 or over, or have underlying health conditions that require you to restrict shopping in public, we are happy to deliver to you. More details on our delivery service are available on our Delivery page.

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  • Southbourne Farm Shop

Updated: Aug 24, 2020

Keeping hydrated is important all year round, but particularly so in the Summer. Being dehydrated can cause fatigue, reduce blood volume and circulation, impair your ability to lose heat, and digestive issues. Common signs of dehydration include: increased thirst, dry mouth, fatigue, headache, dry skin, dizziness and muscle aches and pains. Here are some tips to help you keep hydrated: Drink plenty of water As a general rule it is advisable to drink half of your body weight (in pounds), in fluid ounces. For example if you weigh two hundred pounds, you should drink one hundred ounces of water per day. More will be needed if you sweat and conduct in physical exercise. Urine should be a light straw colour. REMEMBER caffeinated beverages do not count in your daily fluid intake, since caffeine is dehydrating. If you do choose to drink caffeinated drinks try Green Tea as it has less caffeine in and many health benefits.

Don’t forget about electrolytes

Electrolytes are minerals that carry an electrical charge. They are vital for not only our health but our survival. They initiate cell functions across the body, hydrate us, produce energy and stimulate muscle contractions. To ensure you are consuming enough electrolytes try the following:

  • A nutritious diet (Coconut water, Turkey, Watermelon, Tomatoes, Bananas, Yogurt, Raisins, Spinach and Oranges are particularly rich in electrolytes).

  • Drink plenty of water – but not too much as this will flush electrolytes out the system.

  • Don’t overuse diuretics.

  • Don’t eat too much salt as it can deplete you in other electrolytes.

  • Don’t exercise during the hottest parts of the day.

  • If exercising intensely make sure you make a special effort to hydrate and restore electrolyte balance.

  • Talk to doctor if you take any medication as many deplete our electrolytes.

Make your water more palatable

If you don’t like the taste of water, try adding a drop of lemon and/or lime juice, or make infusions by adding fruit or vegetables to your favourite water bottle to allow the flavours to infuse. For example, try ginger, cucumber, berries or mint. Herbal teas are also ideal for counting towards your water intake (you can even add ice to make a cool drink out of your favourite fruit tea).

Filter your water

It's great to consume lots of water for your health but quality is also key. Harmful contaminants may be found in tap water – including pesticides, heavy metals and plastics. Try a carbon-block water filter which remove most of the contaminants but allow important minerals to remain. Written by Nutritional Therapist Emma Bulbeck. If you would like more information on the services offered by Emma, visit www.emmabulbecknutrition.com or follow Emma on Instagram at @emmabulbecknutrition

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  • Southbourne Farm Shop

One particular corner of our Farm Shop is filled with local gins from several superb suppliers, but we thought we'd branch out and offer another spirit option, and Sapling Spirit's 100% British Vodka with it's stunning frosted bottle is a fine addition to our alcohol range. The high starch content of the wheat leaves a round finish with a natural sweetness. Sapling Vodka is perfect for plenty of mixing options; add some Spiced Tomato Mix from The Pickle House for example (also available in our Farm Shop) for a seriously good Bloody Mary. Or simply add your favourite tonic. At Sapling, there are two things that are essential to the company's ethos: high quality spirits and a love and appreciation for the natural world. The vodka is four times distilled from 100% British wheat, and for every bottle sold, a tree is planted and nurtured in the UK to enhance areas that would benefit.

A recent study found that an average bottle of vodka uses 2.8kg of carbon before it reaches its customer. One of the trees planted by Sapling can absorb up to 1.5 tonnes of carbon in its lifetime, making each the bottles significantly carbon positive.

Sapling 100% British Vodka

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