Guildford farmers market

Town Bridge

Town Bridge

boat passing under Town Bridge

boat passing under Town Bridge

trugs

trugs

sweetcorn

sweetcorn

strawberries

strawberries

infused oil seed rape oil

infused oil seed rape oil

paella

paella

English wine

English wine

Hazy Hog from Hogs Back Brewery

Hazy Hog from Hogs Back Brewery

elderflower

elderflower

Live Music Day in Aldershot or Guildford farmers market. No contest. Guildford farmers market it was.

Usually on the first Tuesday of the month, a Saturday market as part of the Guildford Summer Festival.

Loaf of Celtic baker, sweetcorn off one stall, strawberries and broad beans off Secretts.

Sweetcorn has to be very fresh. Ideally picked and straight in the pot. I was thus shocked the sweetcorn on Secretts stall, the green dried, white and papery. Very unusual for Secretts as they usually have very high standards.

The sweetcorn I had for tea. Delicious. As was the ham from The Joint in Jeffries Passage (I also got sausages for Sunday lunch). The ham was in a sandwich with the bread from Celtic baker. The strawberries were delicious with Greek yoghurt (far better than cream).

Lemonade off the paella stall was not as strong as last time (when it almost blew your head off), a little too watery. The man admitted, it was very difficult to get the balance right. A Spanish lady sampled the paella and said she was impressed.

The lemonade was served in a polystyrene cup. Yuk. Cannot be recycled, goes to landfill or incineration. But, the man said he is looking to source paper cups, which can be recycled or composted.

Ben’s Record Fair was taking place in the Old Town Hall. Mainly overpriced rubbish, but the stall at the back was interesting.

It would be a good idea to hold Ben’s Record Fair at the same time as the farmers market, as an additional attraction in the High Street.

It would be great if during the summer months, Ben had a stall at the farmers market.

I would suggest scrap the farmers market and instead for the summer festival have a Guildford Food Festival. The Godalming Food Festival a couple of weeks ago was very successful. Invite the farmers, but aslo invite a wider range, for example Hobo Co coffee van, the butcher who did the hog roast in Godalming, whoever did the paella. Local chefs could have cookery demonstrations in Tunsgate, with audience in the High Street. Local chefs and restaurants I have spoken to have already expressed an interest. Invite a couple of writers with their cook books. And run until five o’clock.

A successful Guildford Food Festival would stretch along the High Street and into and along Tunsgate.

The support is there, everyone I spoke to was in favour. It is a question of the local council getting its act together and providing support and leadership.

Experience Guildford are looking for projects to fund or kick-start that will leave a lasting legacy. What better than a food festival?

Other projects Experience Guildford may like to consider would be a Guildford Pound and a Fringe Book Festival.

Only a few days left of Guildford Independent’s Day. I was curious why was the excellent Thai restaurant in Jeffries Passage not listed. I asked. They had not been asked. Until I told them, they knew nothing of Guildford Independent’s Day. They also did not know there was an extra farmers market today. Had they known, they would have had a stall. Had they known of Guildford Independent’s Day, they would have been listed. Lack of communication.

I have since learnt, there are many independent businesses, who knew nothing about Guildford Independent’s Day, hence their lack of listing. There are also some, who knew, but perversely chose not to be listed.

Excellent lunch at The Keystone.

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One Response to “Guildford farmers market”

  1. katie Says:

    Wow strawberries look amazing !

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