Guildford farmers market

Guildford High Street

Guildford High Street

sticks of rhubarb

sticks of rhubarb

broad beans

broad beans





Cloudy and warm, which I guess was good for the stallholders and their produce, then the sun came out and it turned hot.

Bread and flapjacks off Celtic Baker, broad beans off another stall, peas off Secrett’s Farm. A pasty off the pie stall.

I was pleased to see the Thai restaurant in Jeffries Passage had a stall.

I would have eaten in the Thai restaurant, but too nice a day to be indoors. I could have walked down and across the River Wey to The Keystone, but decided instead to have a bowl of soup from Glutton & Glee, as all I have had in the past is afternoon tea or a fruit juice.

A bowl of pea and mint soup from Glutton & Glee.

Fresh lemonade off one of the stalls. Very strong, but lovely and refreshing on a hot day. But please, do not serve in a polystyrene cup. Absolutely no excuse for this when there are paper cups available. Polystyrene goes to landfill or incineration, it cannot be recycled or composted.

Strawberries off a stall, but not the stall I had them off last month (which were excellent). I do not usually buy strawberries. Not because they are not good, but because the punnets lack lids, the strawberries have a habit of escaping, by the time I get them home, they have been turned to mush. Which sadly is what happened today.

I asked the National Trust of the scandal in Wales, commoners being deprived of their commoners rights on land owned by the National Trust. They looked at me blankly.

I popped in The Joint, and got a bottle of beer brewed by local microbrewery The Little Beer Corporation. Why were you closed early last Monday I asked? I learnt they close lunchtime on a Monday. I also got a pork chop. I used to get excellent pork chops off one of the stalls, but the farmer no longer comes. I thought the butcher in Downing Street in Farnham was expensive, around £2 for a pork chop (but they are excellent). In The Joint just under £4!

They had on display, and I assume for sale, The Three Indian Sisters Cookbook. They were surprised I knew them.

I looked in Harris + Hoole, and was handed an invite to a cocktail party.

What is the function of a farmers market?

  • showcase for local produce
  • showcase best practice
  • retain and recycle money within the local economy

We need Hobo Co with their battered old Citroen van serving quality coffee, beans hand-roasted in Winchester. I groan when I see stallholders with coffee from Costa or Starbucks. If nothing else, appalling hypocrisy.

Why therefore does Hobo Co not have a presence on the market? Because a quality coffee stall is being blocked by the council, or more to the point, a worthless jobsworth who needs to get off their backside and out and about a bit more in the real world. Or are we letting purveyors of what they jokingly call coffee, Costa and tax dodger Starbucks, dictate what happens in our High Street?

There is support from market regulars, stallholders, and local retailers, for a quality coffee stall.

The Little Beer Corporation is a Guildford-based microbrewery, they are literally just up the road. I am surprised they do not have a stall. Though it could be their output is so small, they could not support a stall.

Please, please please Curries from Home with a stall. If you have never tried real Indian food, this will be your chance. Delicious home-cooked Indian food. The opportunity to discover what real Indian food tastes like.

There needs to be joined up thinking from the council. Why do we have a stall serving food and drinks in polystyrene? There can be no excuse for this when their are alternatives that can be recycled or composted. Though pleased to see they have wooden not plastic forks for their food.

Guildford farmers market takes place in Guildford High Street on the first Tuesday of the month. There will be an additional Saturday market at the end of July during the Guildford Summer Festival.

Saturday 5 July 2014 — Godalming food festival

Saturday 26 July 2014 — Guildford summer festival farmers market

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5 Responses to “Guildford farmers market”

  1. Tony Lea Says:

    I believe the owner of the Little Beer Company ,Jim, has a full time job.
    He is a present kitting out a brand new brewery from his little nano brewery. Business is looking good.

  2. keithpp Says:

    I agree, The Little Beer Corporation may not have the manpower to run a stall on the Guildford farmers market. It may also be true, does not have the capacity to supply a stall.

    Currently, only those who have crowd funded the brewery, get to buy the beer, though oddly it is offered through their website.

    The only retail outlet appears to be The Joint. Café Mila in Godalming are interested.

    I do have a bottle, which I may drink in my garden this afternoon.

  3. keithpp Says:

    I tried a bottle of Little Tenderness today in the garden.

    I was reminded when I used to brew my own beer, only what I brewed was superior.

  4. Tony Lea Says:

    Ah shame. I have not had any of his beers but some friends I know have backed his start up.
    Lets hope when the new bigger brewery comes along the beers get better and I should imagine the availability will improve greatly. He will need to sell the beers somewhere.

  5. keithpp Says:

    Little Tenderness was very much like home brewed beer. But then if a nanobrewery, probably not a lot between the two. Very yeasty. I did not check to see of there was live yeast in the bottom of the bottle. From the taste, I would guess there was.

    When I brewed beer, one source of yeast, was live yeast from bottled beer.

    The Little Beer Corporation has a different approach to most microbreweries, which is set up brewery, then try to sell to pubs. Difficult when pubs are controlled by pubcos, who dictate the pubs must buy from them at above market rate (one reason why many pubs are going bust).

    J D Wetherspoon always has a decent range of beer from small breweries, and usually available as free pint with a meal. They are able to do this, because they ring round the breweries and buy up surplus stock nearing its end of life. It is either sell to Wetherspoon at low price, or pour down the drain.

    The beers I have had at The Queen Hotel, have been better than Little Tenderness, but then I am comparing cask with bottle, so maybe not a fair comparison.

    The Little Beer Corporation sell direct to those who have crowd funded, thus balancing supply and demand. As far as I am aware, The Joint their only retail outlet, though Café Mila in Godalming are interested.

    A stall on Guildford farmers market would be an ideal outlet. Local brewery, feedback from customers, potential crowd funders.

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