Camberley Farmers’ Market – Saturday 18th January

Camberley Farmers’ Market – Saturday 18th January

You’ll find plenty of tasty local produce, delicious street foods and unusual gifts at Camberley Farmers’ and Artisan Market this Saturday! These friendly traders will be on Park Street from 10am – 3pm:

Best Biltong
Busy Bees Honey
Celtic Bakers
Chimney Cakehouse
Green Lake Woods
Horners / Cassy’s Preserves
La Di Da Cupcakes
Manny’s Sauces
Mr Emment’s Fruit & Vegetable Emporium
Olives & Things
Roni B’s Kitchen
Salt Beef Shack
Silent Pool Gin
Simon’s Pies
Surrey Wildlife Trust
Sussex Smokers
Sweets and Treats Cart Company
The French Comte
The Fudge Bar
Tillingbourne Farm and Smokery

See you there!

Staines-upon-Thames Farmers’ Market – 12th January 2020

Staines-upon-Thames Farmers’ Market – 12th January 2020

Come and browse kitchen staples like pies & honey, yummy treats, artisan foods and more at the first Staines-upon-Thames Farmers’ Market of the year! These producers & traders will be on the High Street this Sunday from 9.30am – 2.30pm:

Billytong Biltong
Busy Bees Honey
Chimney Cakehouse
Horners / Cassy’s Preserves
Manny’s Sauces
Mont’Orrubiu Ltd
Native Crafts (Latid)
Roni B’s Kitchen
Silent Pool Gin
Simon’s Pies
Surrey Wildlife Trust
Sweets and Treats Cart Company
The French Comte
The Fudge Bar

See you there!

Epsom Farmers Market – Sunday 5th January

Epsom Farmers Market – Sunday 5th January

The first Epsom Farmers’ Market of the year will be on Sunday from 9.30am – 1.30pm in the Market Square, under the Clock Tower. You’ll find stalls filled with moreish street foods, tasty goodies, unique gifts and more from the following traders & producers:

Busy Bees Honey
Flax Farm
Horners / Cassy’s Preserves
Ike & Gabe Candle Co
Manny’s Sauces
Mont’Orrubiu Ltd
Native Crafts (Latid)
Olives & Things
Surrey Wildlife Trust
Sussex Smokers
The French Comte
The Woodland Trust

See you there!

Walton Farmers Market – Saturday 4th January

Walton Farmers Market – Saturday 4th January

The first Walton Farmers’ Market of the year kicks off this Saturday from 9.30am! Join us for fresh produce, delectable artisan foods, handmade gifts and yummy street food. These traders will be outside The Heart Shopping Centre Walton-on-Thames until 2pm:

311 Jewellery
Best Biltong
Chimney Cakehouse
Emilia Ltd
Flax Farm
Green Lake Woods
Horners / Cassy’s Preserves
Hunts Hill Farm
La Di Da Cupcakes
Manny’s Sauces
Mont’Orrubiu Ltd
Native Crafts
Olives & Things
Salt Beef Shack
Serfraz Kitchen
Simon’s Pies
Sodt Bakery
Surrey Wildlife Trust
The French Comte

See you there!

Your Local Farmers’ Markets’ Dates for 2020

Your Local Farmers’ Markets’ Dates for 2020

As this new year and decade begins we wanted to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has supported each of the markets throughout the last year. Both ourselves and our traders, appreciate every time you pop along and hopefully you have enjoyed many great gifts and tasty treats from the markets.

Looking forward to 2020, we are going to be in all of our usual towns! So, pop these dates in your diary and we’ll see you there!

Surrey Markets Dates 2020

Plus, don’t forget that Dorking Friday Market runs every week in St Martin’s Walk Car Park from 8.30am-2pm.

Thanks again for your continued support, we hope to see you again soon.

Happy New Year!

Join us in supporting Small Business Saturday!

Join us in supporting Small Business Saturday!

Saturday 2nd December sees the fifth year of the campaign ‘Small Business Saturday’. At Surrey Markets we are very proud to be supporting and promoting this fantastic idea! On Small Business Saturday we’ll be at Walton Farmers Market at The Heart Shopping Centre flying the flag for local businesses from 9.30am – 2.00pm. We hope you will join us and shop local for all your Christmas gifts.

What is Small Business Saturday all about?

Small Business Saturday is a not for profit campaign supporting small businesses across the UK. The aim is to highlight small business success, to encourage consumers to ‘shop local’ and to support small businesses within our communities. The campaign has now been running for five years and takes place on the first Saturday in December each year.

We hope the 2017 campaign will be as successful as it was last year! Did you know..

– Customers spent £717m with small businesses on Small Business Saturday, an increase of 15% on the previous years spending

– Over 140,000 tweets were sent on the day reaching 130 million people, trending on Twitter in the UK and globally

– Over 80% of local authorities across the UK actively supported the campaign in a variety of ways, from networking events to free parking, meaning wherever you were in the UK, Small Business Saturday was happening nearby

You can find out more on their website or join the online campaign by using or searching the hashtag: #SmallBizSatUK

Get out in the Garden

Get out in the Garden

At this time of year many of us get the gardening bug, whether it’s vegetable plants or pollinator friendly flowers, we dig the trowel out of the shed and make ourselves busy.

However, gardening can quickly loose its glamour, the thought of meandering about the greenhouse generously watering plants, goes completely out the window when there is the odd downpour, or if you find your seeds have failed to spring to life after weeks of tender love and care. Even if you do manage to make it past the first hurdle, you then have to protect young plants from evil seed hungry birds, at the same time as single handedly monitoring climate change. If you’re not careful, it can leave you feeling like you’ve taken on a second career as Alan Titchmarsh’s apprentice.

So, what can you do to make it easier on yourself? Well, the hardest part is getting the seeds to grow in the first place, after that then it’s just a case of keeping them alive.  I think its perfectly acceptable to take a shortcut every now and then, so why not let someone else do the hard part for you? Get yourself down to Surrey Markets one weekend, where help is on hand in the form of Special Plants Ltd.

Adam and Indy Berthoud run Special Plants Ltd, they offer a range of strong, robust and weather resilient plants, all grown with care directly from seed. Also on offer is selection of flowers or vegetables, which are ready to plant in the garden straight away, which is great, if like me, you’ve left it a little too late to start from scratch. Special Plants Ltd can offer advice on aftercare, planting and feeding to ensure your garden always looks its best.

With all the time you’ll free up, why pick up on another hobby? Collect up all your garden waste, out of date grow bags, kitchen leftovers and get composting.

How to make a decent cup of tea

How to make a decent cup of tea

cup_of_teaBy John Roche – Malaysian Tea Company

How to make a decent cup of tea? You would think that saying this to someone living in the UK would be an insult but I’ve seen it all go horribly wrong so many times that maybe a word to the wise is appropriate. So:

Rule #1. Use freshly drawn water boiled only once. Whilst the water is boiling use a bit to warm the receptacle in which the tea is to be brewed (cup for a tea bag or maybe a pot)

Rule #2. If you are using a cup bag make sure that it contains a decent quality tea. Tea bags do have a habit of tainting and weakening slightly the taste of the tea. We supply a double-chamber bag that does not over-brew but (like all tea bags) should be left to its own devices for at least three minutes. This allows the aromatic flavour of decent quality tea to infuse into the water whilst it is at its highest temperature.

If you are using a pot add one tea bag or tea spoon of loose-leaf tea per person and one extra tea for the pot.

Rule # 3. If you are brewing tea bags in a cup NEVER NEVER add the milk into the cup before the tea. For loose-leaf tea the reverse is true – some experts say that the tea can cook the milk first without spoiling the taste of the tea.

If you are adding milk or lemon to the tea-bagged cup add it after the bag has been removed as anything that cools the water impeded the infusion of the tea, and remember: NEVER NEVER squeeze the tea bag as you are removing it; our tea doesn’t produce too much film but squeezing a tea bag releases any tannins.

Advice:

Green tea is best drunk black; start out brewing it weakly until you get used to the taste. If you still can’t get used to it on its own try grating some ginger into the pot or adding ginger powder to the tea-bagged cup. If you prefer, vanilla essence can be used instead.

Loose-leaf green tea tastes nicer than the tea-bagged version and is better value as the pot will stand a top-up with fresh water.

Decaffeinated tea: We don’tproduce this type of tea as it requires a good deal of unnatural processing, something we are inclined against doing. Our blackcurrant tea is delicious and is naturally decaffeinated because (like all our fruit teas) the fruit is placed in front of the tea on the kiln rack during drying – allowing the warm air to become infused with the fruit flavour which then infuses itself into the tea leaves as they dry. In the case of some fruit teas (particularly blackcurrant) this causes a natural decaffeination process. We refuse to use cheaper methods to produce our fruit teas.

Fruit teas: It is worth looking at our web site before deciding on a fruit tea. On here we list the health benefits of each tea with Lemongrass being the best for the health conscious tea drinker. Fruit teas are best drunk black (although the Malaysians add milk to Strawberry tea)! By drinking this tea black, and because of the way that infusiontakes place in the drying kiln, the drinker receives separately the fruit taste and the taste of the high quality orange-pekoe tea used to create these refreshing teas.

Do not be afraid to make these teas hot and then allow them to cool to be drunk iced with a slice – especially our strawberry and lemon teas.

Bedtime tea: Most teas are considered unsuitablefor bedtime consumption because of the stimulating effect that tea can have. However our Lemongrass tea is a good substitute for camomile and aids a good nights sleep (and has a delightful taste).

Tea straining: If you purchase our Premium Gold tea this is a ‘fannings’ tea, meaning that the leaves have been cut to aid the brewing time. A (standard) fine mesh tea strainer is best and this tea cannot be used in an courseinfuser. Our Breakfast and Afternoon teas can use any pot brewing method.

Our loose-leaf green tea if carefully handled can be poured without a tea strainer. The fine quality single-estate leaves expand so much that they often cling to the pot as they are being poured.