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Guildford farmers market

July 1, 2014
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

Fructose sweet white and deadly

July 8, 2012
fructose sweet white and deadly

fructose sweet white and deadly

Fructose is fruit sugar. It comes from fruit.

Complex sugars like sucrose can be broken down into simpler sugars, glucose and fructose.

If fructose comes from fruit, then it must be natural. If it is natural then it must be good for us.

That is what the food industry would like us to believe.

I was in Holland & Barrett, a health food store, at least that is what they would like us to think.

At the back of the store boxes of pure fructose. I was reminded of boxes of washing powder. It would probably be safer to eat washing powder, certainly safer to eat the box.

Why not simply serve the customers rat poison? The end result will be the same.

Fructose is deadly!

No child wants to be obese. No child gets up in the morning and shouts Mam, I want to be fat. No child wants to be bullied at school for being overweight.

Why then do parents abuse their children by taking them to the local McVomit, stuff them with sugary treats, give them Coke to drink?

We have an epidemic of childhood obesity, we have kids with type 2 diabetes a disease of late middle age. We have an epidemic of obesity in 6-month old babies!

It may surprise most people to learn that children do not exercise less than they used to. Children do not become fat because they exercise less. They exercise less because they are fat.

We are eating more. Gluttony.

This is a biochemical and psychological problem.

McDonald’s showed in the 1970s, if you give people bigger portions they eat more, and there appears to be no limit. Supersize everything, the food is cheap, the profits go up, but so does the calorie intake.

The calorie intake is in the carbohydrates, the sugars, not the fats.

We are eating more, but what we are eating more of is calorie dense, thus we are hit with a double whammy.

High Fructose Corn Syrup. Obtained from maize. Advantage to the drinks industry is that it is cheap. They switched from sucrose to HFCS. The net result that in the US is 63 pound per person.

Fructose is sweeter. If we give sucrose a base index of 100. On the same measure HFCS 120, fructose 173

We are increasing our total food intake, we are increasing the amount of sugar.

Agricultural policy is that food should be cheap. But cheap food comes at a high cost, high environmental cost, animal welfare, junk food.

High Fructose Corn Syrup. Cheap so replaces sucrose. But gets in everywhere because it is cheap.

Fruit juices are problematic. Healthy yes, but high in sugar, or can be.

Grams of sugar per 100ml

  • pomegranate juice 12.4
  • red grape and raspberry juice 11.5
  • orange juice 10.0
  • coconut water 4.8

Pomegranate juice is known to be high in sugar, that is why the advice is no more than one glass a day.

An athlete after a burst of activity will have burnt down the energy store held in the liver. High energy or sports drinks are designed to replenish the depleted energy levels in the liver. Do we see elite athletes drinking these drinks? No. We see fat kids drinking them because they have been brainwashed into thinking it is cool.

A legacy of the London 2012 Olympics is that more people will get more exercise. Sheer and utter nonsense. Sat watching the Olympics on TV does not incline one to get up and be active.

Two of the sponsors of the London 2012 Olympics are McDonald’s and Coca-Cola. What message does that send?

Eat less fat. Junk low fat foods are high in sugar.

In the home, food from fresh ingredients, we can control what we eat.

With processed food, cut the fat and it tastes crap, so replace the fat with sugar. Low fat processed food is high in sugar, which usually means high in High Fructose Corn Syrup

Fructose suppresses the signals to the brain that says I am no longer hungry. Thus if a kid drinks a can of coke in a fast food restaurant, a huge intake of calories, far from feeling satiated and having no appetite, can actually eat more.

A can or bottle of coke is a syrup. Caffeine is a stimulant, it is also a diuretic, meaning we urinate more. This leads to loss of fluid, we feel thirsty and drink more. Also contains salt, the sugar masks the salt. The salt makes us thirsty, we drink more.

Fructose and glucose are simple sugars, but they are not the same. They have different physical structures, they are metabolised in different ways.

The boxes of fructose in Holland & Barrett are labelled fruit sugar. The side panel states it is a natural sugar and advises use to replace sucrose!

Sucrose is 50:50 fructose and glucose.

With my knowledge of plants I can quite easily concoct a delicious but deadly meal.

Tobacco is natural!

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