Guildford farmers market

bridge over River Wey leading into High Street and Guildford farmers market

bridge over River Wey leading into High Street and farmers market



wet garlic and broad beans

wet garlic and broad beans





Hogs Back Brewery

Hogs Back Brewery

It is this time of year and the next few months when Guildford farmers market comes into its own.

Fresh strawberries, the first crop of the season, picked only the day before.

Why do people eat those disgusting imported strawberries, when English strawberries are so much better?

But why £3 a punnet, when £2 a punnet in a supermarket?

How old are they in the supermarket? They could be up to a week old.

A loaf of bread off Celtic baker, a couple of flapjacks. Pasty off another stall.

Surrey University had a stall. Is this what universities are now reduced to, bums on seats businesses? Maybe they would care to explain why they have gagged students they have been forced to pay compensation to.

What is depressing, stall holders with coffee from Starbucks, Caffe Nero, Costa. Do they have no taste? But worse, this smacks of appalling hypocrisy. They want us to support them as local producers, recycle money within the local economy. Should they not put their money where their mouth is and set an example and support local coffee shops?

But why not have a coffee stall on the market? Why not invite Hobo Co with their battered old Citroen van, expert baristas, home made lemonade, quality coffee locally roasted in Winchester?

Win win all round one would think. But not possible as vetoed by the local council and their nonsensical licencing conditions. And why do they have these dumb licencing conditions? Because they are letting Costa and tax dodgers Caffe Nero and Starbucks with their over priced rubbish coffee and factory cakes dictate what happens in the High Street.

The opposition is not coming from Glutton & Glee or even Harris + Hoole as they see the advantage of money cycling in the local economy, and not only that, they do not see quality coffee as competition as once people taste quality coffee, they will look for it on other days.

Guildford Council must reconsider this veto on a coffee stall, which at best is misguided and is damaging the local economy, and at worst an act of crass stupidity, a council seen in the pocket of High Street chains.

Missing from the farmers market, and an absolute must, The Little Beer Corporation, a nanobrewery located in Guildford.

Before the market, a slight detour to St Mary’s Church, candle lit. Why the grass cut? It should be managed as a hay meadow, grass cut end of June.

Excellent lunch in Thai restaurant in Jeffries Passage.

A fruit juice of pear and apple and ginger out the back of Glutton & Glee chatting to two lovely girls one from Dubai the other from Spain.

Cappuccino and cookie in Harris + Hoole. An art exhibition on Harris + Hoole well worth a visit.

Bread off Celtic bakers was excellent. As was the pasty. And the strawberries with Greek yoghurt were excellent too.

Guildford farmers market takes place on the first Tuesday of the month in Guildford High Street.

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