How do you like them apples!

Nothing says Autumn is here like biting into a crisp English apple and luckily, we're reaching the peak of the season. Our friends at Ringden's will be bringing a bumper crop of traditional varietals, including Charles Ross, Lord Lambourne, Cox's Orange Pippin and Worcester from which you can select the apple of your dreams.

Abundance Kingston will also be in attendance. They've been busy harvesting unwanted local fruit again this season and will be pressing juice on the day to raise awareness of food waste and to show how juice is made. In exchange for a small donation, you can taste cold-press at its freshest and help a great cause; all proceeds will be shared with the Tolworth Farm Project. And, if you are facing a glut of your own (they also harvest pears and plums), register your address with them and they will arrange to come and put what would otherwise be wasted to good use.

And everyone knows that nothing is nicer with an apple than a wedge of artisanal cheese. Market stalwarts Nut Knowle Farm and The French Comte will have their stalls piled high with a range of goats' cheeses and French "mountain" cheeses respectively. Both offer sampling, so you can be sure to find the perfect cheese for your palate (personally, the 18 month old Comte is the stuff of dreams!).  

We're also delighted to welcome The Little Hanging Garden Co., which sells "living wreaths". Founded by Surbiton resident, Liz Viney, the wreaths are made up of herbs, strawberries, flowering plants and succulents. They're designed so that the plants will grow normally for many months/years to come (the rings are filled with a soil core). Drop by to welcome her to the market and to ooh and ahh over her beautiful craft.

We'll be joined again by guest stall The Land from the Isle of Wight, Kitty's Kombucha and a host of market regulars offering a wide range of fridge staples and delicious treats. September's charity stall will be The George Pantziarka Trust, which supports families with Li Fraumeni Syndrome and related conditions. Stop by and learn about the trust and the valuable role it plays in raising awareness and promoting research. 

And, if Abundance's fresh juice hasn't slaked your thirst, you can pop in to The Antelope's End of Summer Ale & Cider Festival from 11am. There will be a hog roast and BBQ, live music and tipples galore.

It's Surbiton Festival time. We'll be taking part in the festivities on Saturday, September 30th and will be giving out complimentary apples from Ringden's Orchard. Look at for us on the day and, if you have a minute to spare, let us know what you think of the market. Are there ways we can improve? New stalls you'd like to see? We're a community-based market, so your feedback is always appreciated.

And don't forget to mark Saturday, October 21st in the diary - that's the date of the next market and we wouldn't want you to miss it.

See you Saturday!


We know how you always welcome something new, so say hello this month to two great guest stalls.


Based on the Isle of Wight, The Land is a Community Interest Company which sells its own fresh produce while also supporting a variety of other island producers.

 

Together with fresh garlic, chutneys, jams and dressings you'll find big, plump Isle of Wight organic Heirloom tomatoes, oyster mushrooms and traditionally milled flour from Calbourne Water Mill. Look out for lots of fiery sauces from The House of Chilli, perfect for your August barbecues. Money raised helps those on the IoW living with challenging behaviour, autism and learning difficulties. It's a great business model and deserves our support.


Our other guest stall, G-Nuts, specialises in unique hand-cooked peanuts made in small batches. Taking the best-quality West African nuts, they are prepared without oil using a slow, traditional method and seasoned just with sea salt so the natural flavour shines through. Gluten-free and non-oily, they’re uniquely delicious.


Of course, many of your favourite stalls will also be present and correct including Dani and Janet’s The Flavours of Sicily featuring fragrant olive oils and orange blossom honey; Nut Knowle Farm, purveyors of fine goat’s milk cheeses; and Boarstall Meats selling lamb, sirloin joints, chicken fillets and more from their farm near Aylesbury in Buckinghamshire. Oh, and Flipping Amazing will be doing what they do best — flipping more amazing crêpes!
 

This month’s line-up also features two charities — Kingston Association for the Blind who offer support to people in the borough living with sight loss, and Surrey Wildlife Trust which manages almost 8000 hectares of land in Surrey (that’s 5% of the county!) for the enjoyment of local people.

Finally, remember that £1,200 we raised at our Summer Party? It will go towards sending 55 local young carers to the pants this winter and treating them to pizzas and snacks. Diane White, who heads the Young Carers Project, says the kids are all incredibly excited. So thank you once again for your incredible generosity.
 

See you Saturday!
 

PS. Thanks to your votes we have been shortlisted for Best Food Retailer in The Time & Leisure Food & Drink Awards 2017 AND Best Local Food Event in The Surrey Life Food and Drink Awards 2017. We’ll know the result next month. Wish us luck!


Smile! It’s summer… at Surbiton Farmers’ Market this Saturday

With a feast of tennis ahead this weekend, it’s time to stock up on delicious summer food and drink, and serve up a treat for friends and family

We have wonderfully fresh seasonal produce, top quality meats, prepared salads, artisan breads, refreshingly cool drinks and much, much more – all perfect for your summer barbecues and picnics.

Read about all our regular stallholders here

This month’s featured stall is Wrights Original, makers of traditional drinks. Wrights Original Dark Ginger hails from the heart of the Tyne and has been produced by the Wright family for generations, dating back to the 1800s.

‘It’s a smooth, strong ginger drink that leaves you wanting more and wishing you had another bottle in the cupboard!’ says founder John Wright. Check out the selection of drinks on the Wrights stall, along with his delicious ginger cake.  

Find out more about Wrights Original here

More drink options! Our guest stall this month is Kitty’s Kombucha with its lightly fizzy fermented tea beverage in four flavours, sweetened with organic sugar or local honey, infused with flowers, herbs and spices. It’s brewed in oak barrels in Twickenham and delivered by bicycle locally in the Kingston and Richmond area.

Read the company’s story here.

And we’ll be joined by Charity of the Month, The Fircroft Trust, based in Ditton Road, Surbiton. Thanks for your support in raising £239 for The Royal Star & Garter Homes at the June market. We’ll be match funding that to make £478.
 
Last month, new social enterprise Flipping Amazing sold more than 50 of their delicious French-style crêpes. The stall provides work experience for young people aged 16 to 25 years in the borough. Flipping Amazing is working with local charities and schools – Kingston Young Carers, INSPIRE-sport, TAG Youth Club and Southborough High School. Founder Chris Burchill is pictured with volunteer Carine Duneau.

A big thankyou to all those who came along to support our first-ever Summer Party at Thames Sailing Club on 1 July. It was a great evening and, thanks to your generosity, we were able to raise an amazing £1,120 to fund a much-needed day out for young people with caring responsibilities who are supported by Kingston’s Young Carers’ Project.

Lots of thanks for making this happen: to all the local businesses that contributed auction prizes, Kingston Riverside Rotary for running the BBQ, our volunteer Giles Smith Walker at The Independent Vinter for holding a wine tasting, Mail Boxes of Surbiton for printing, and Waitrose Surbiton for supplying the bread!

And finally, your last chance to vote….

Love your local market? Then please take a moment to nominate us for Best Food Retailer in the Time & Leisure Food & Drink Awards here and for Best Local Food Event in the Surrey Life Food & Drinks Awards here. But hurry! Voting closes on 17 July and 28 July respectively.

Come along early for the best selectionand join us for our next market, on Saturday 19 August

Come along to our Summer Party this Saturday 

– and support Kingston’s young carers

Why not join us at Thames Sailing Club on the Portsmouth Road in Surbiton this Saturday and enjoy a balmy evening by the river with a Giggly Pig barbecue and wine tasting, delicious crepes from our great new startup, Flipping Amazing, and live music from the wonderful Emma Finlay and her band. 

Tickets will be on sale on the door or you can buy them in advance 

All proceeds from the event will go to Kingston Young Carers’ Project. And thanks to the generous support of these businesses, we have fabulous prizes to auction to treat a group of young carers to a much-needed day out:

Tickets are £25 each and include a complimentary cocktail and barbecue with veggie options. They're on sale now from shoes at last, 81 Maple Road, Surbiton (cash/cheque only please, open 7 days a week and until 7pm weekdays), or on Saturday evening on the door.

Bring your family, bring your friends and see you on Saturday 1 July


It’s Flipping Amazing!
… at this Saturday’s market

Description: https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DA-c6z5XYAEhiak.jpgThis Saturday will mark the launch of a new social enterprise, Flipping Amazing, selling delicious French-style crêpes and providing work experience for young people in the borough

Based at Surbiton Farmers’ Market Flipping Amazing will work with local charities and schools – Kingston Young Carers, INSPIRE-sport, TAG Youth Club and Southborough High School – to transform the lives of their members and students.

Description: https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DA-c6z5XYAEhiak.jpgYoung people aged 16 to 25 years can experience all aspects of working in, and running, a business. The Flipping Amazing team of adult volunteers and professional chefs run the company as a real business, and all profits are reinvested in training young people.

‘This is not-for-profit company, with a unique vision,’ say founders Chris Burchill and Katherine Brown. ‘Every young person, no matter their background, or ability, has the opportunity to learn about work and build their skills and confidence.’

Come along on Saturday and try a Flipping Amazing crêpe!
Find them outside The Antelope from 9am and visit their website here

Description: Strawbs copyWe’ll also have all your regular favourites with wonderful seasonal produce, from the freshest of English strawberries to all your BBQ needs. Surrey Hills-based Silent Pool Distillers will be our guest stall.

And we’ll be joined by our Charity of the Month, the Royal Star & Garter Homes in Surbiton. Please take the opportunity to vote for us….

Surrey Life magazine is looking for the Best Local Food Event: ‘a Farmers' Market, food festival, monthly pop-up or similar that has shown an ability to garner a following, create a community of foodies and maintain its foodie magic’.

Love your local market? Then please spare a moment to nominate us for the Food & Drinks Awards here and for Best Food Retailer in the Time & Leisure Food & Drink Awards here. Voting closes next month.

And join us for our party on the river on 1 July
Description: Summer Party poster
Don’t forget to buy your tickets for our Summer Party at Thames Sailing Club on Saturday 1 July. They’re on sale from shoes at last in Maple Road any day, or on the organisers’ stall on Saturday.

We’ll have a BBQ and wine tasting, delicious crepes from Flipping Amazing, live music and a charity auction. All for £25 including a free drink!

All proceeds from the party will go to Kingston Young Carers’ Project to treat a group of young carers to a much-needed day out.
Description: Bread bake Off Topless and Ralph
Congratulations to all the winners of the Great Surbiton Bread Bake Off at our May market, including our very own Ralph Wettach (pictured), star of the professional category with his sourdough loaf, and runner-up The French Tarte for Eric’s sourdough loaf. Our thanks again to the lovely Topless Baker for judging and to The Antelope for their help. Find out more here

 

See you bright and early this Saturday and at our next market, on Saturday 15 July


Hope to see you there – and at our next market on Saturday 17 June, where tickets will also be on sale at the organisers’ stall.

– and you're invited!

Come along to Thames Sailing Club on the Portsmouth Road in Surbiton you'll be in for a balmy evening by the river with a barbecue and wine tasting, delicious crepes from our great new startup, Flipping Amazing, music and a charity auction. All proceeds from the event will go to Kingston Young Carers’ Project to treat a group of young carers to a much-needed day out.

Tickets are £25 each and include a complimentary drink and barbecue. They're on sale now from shoes at last, 81 Maple Road, Surbiton, but be quick! Space is limited and they’re sure to sell out soon.

Hope to see you there – and at our next market on Saturday 17 June, where tickets will also be on sale at the organisers’ stall.


Surbiton salutes its star bakers

Our thanks to those who took part in The Great Surbiton Bread Bake Off at our May market and to the lovely Matt @toplessbaker for coming along to judge. Congratulations to all our entrants and especially to our winners.

See you all at next year’s baking challenge…

Pro winner:
Ralph Wettach (sourdough loaf)

Pro runner-up:
The French Tarte (wholegrain loaf)

Children's winner:
Jemma Rice (bread wreath)

Children's runner-up:
Sophie McDowell (chocolate banana bread)

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Amateur winner:
Christine Hall (breakfast loaf with sausage, bacon, mushrooms, beans and tomato)

Amateur runner-up:
Jo Harrington (cinnamon buns)


You “knead” to participate...

in The Great Surbiton Bread Bake Off at this Saturday's market!

Make a fancy Filone? Able to bash out a Brioche? Or perhaps your Pumpernickel is the darkest this side of Putney... Go wild in the kitchen - any type of bread will do!

Bring your bakes to the dedicated stall outside The Antelope by 10:30 a.m. and stick around to watch the judging, which commences at noon. There will be prizes and prestige galore for the winners of each of our three classes: Best Amateur BoulangerBest Child under 12 and Best Professional. Learn more here. And, as is tradition with our Bake Off event, there are always plenty of entries to taste after the judging is complete...

Now that Mary Berrylands has retired, we've looked far and wide to recruit a new celebrity judge and are delighted to welcome the Topless Baker, Matt Adlard, to Maple Road. Matt has built an impressive global fanbase with his light-hearted baking videos and social media presence - check out his Youtube channel here. Come and say hi or snap a selfie; if there's one thing we know, it's that his star is going to continue to "rise"!

We love this time of year and the promise it brings of fresh and abundant fruit and veg. Asparagus is at its best and, if we're lucky, there will still be plenty of rosy rhubarb available and maybe even some early British strawberries. There's nothing better than discovering what's coming into season and the way to do that is to talk to our stallholders like Secrett's or Ringden's. They can also give you tips on how best to prepare your produce and may even be able to suggest new and exciting ways. 

Kingston Grammar School Young Enterprise will be joining us on Saturday and are selling a heat sealing device that helps keeps food fresh and minimises food waste. This is a hot topic for good reason; the average UK household could save £250 a year by better using leftovers, not to mention the environmental impact.  

Last month's Easter market was fun for all, with a number of activities to entertain and delight. The winner of the Chicken Naming competition and recipient of a glorious chocolate chicken and egg was Grace Baxter. And the winning name? Lady Grey.  Despite her formidable title, by all accounts Lady Grey is still very much down to earth and, we hear, enjoys a good scratch or two outside her coop at Stud Nursery in Home Park, where Balance CIC continues its valuable work with disabled and vulnerable people.

And April's Charity of the Month, Tag Youth Club, raised £250, which we will match. The group, based in Ham, delivers a programme of personal, social and educational opportunities to young people with disabilities.  

And finally, please "Save the date" - we are planning something special on the evening of Saturday, July 1st. More info to come!

  

See you bright and early this Saturda… and at our next market on 17 June!

 

Name this chicken!

… at our Easter Saturday market

This Saturday we’ll be celebrating Easter with an abundance of special seasonal foods and fun activities for all the family. Don’t miss out… just hop on down to Maple Road and get cracking!

‘The lamb we’ll be selling on Saturday will be our own home bred and fed lambs. They graze extensively on our hill enjoying the lush pastures. The lambs have been enjoying the sun on their backs recently!’ says Ed.

Boarstall Meats will have offers on all the cuts – legs, shoulders, chops and steaks – ideal for a roast or even on the BBQ.

Lee will offer advice on the right joint for the occasion. Come along early for the best choice!

Free range eggs | Local Food SurreyWhether you’re rolling them, decorating them or simply eating them, Simon’s Free Range Eggs is the place for all things ovoid. It’s a small family-run farm, home to 4,000 free-range chucks, in Hookwood near Horley in Surrey.

Sweet tooth? Then for something a little bit different try Folar de Olhao (pictured) – a traditional Easter cake/brioche from the Algarve region of Portugal – made by Rute Diniz at LusoBrazil.

And among Rute’s Portuguese savouries are cod fishcakes which are especially popular at Easter, both in Portugal and in Brazil.

Find out more about all our regular stallholders here

Here's a baby I'm very proud of. 'Jun', a species of kombucha culture unto itself, nourished with honey its entire life and with a unique set of dynamic bacteria/yeast enzymatic properties. Here incarnated as Kitty's Kombucha Jasmine Jun No.2, brewed with organic green jasmine tea, fused with a tisane of jasmine, orange peel and hyssop. A clear favourite from the get-go, I think this one's going to be a keeper... Available somewhere near you in London & online super soon! . . . #kombucha #jun #junkombucha #boochlondon #healthylondon #junlondon #kombuchalondon #kittyskombucha #brewedinoakbarrels #oakbarrels #scoby #symbioticcultureofbacteriaandyeast #fermentation #fermentedtea #livingtea #jasminejunkittyskombucha
Our guest stall this month is Kitty’s Kombucha with its lightly fizzy fermented tea beverage, sweetened with organic sugar or local honey, infused with flowers, herbs and spices. It’s brewed in oak barrels in Twickenham and delivered by bicycle locally in the Kingston and Richmond area. Incredibly refreshing, four flavours will be on offer on Saturday – Hibiscus Glow, Jasmine Jun, Hemp Nectar and Thai Island. Read the company’s story here.

Our Charity of the Month is Tag Youth Club, based in Ham, which delivers a programme of personal, social and educational opportunities to young people with disabilities. Drop by and find out more about its work in the community. Tag will also be running a raffle and kids’ games from its stall.

The Stud Nursery in Home Park has taken delivery of its first chickens! In November we donated £400 to Balance CIC to buy the chickens and install a coop for its work with disabled and vulnerable people. Come up with the best name for the chicken pictured and you could win an Easter egg on Saturday – winner announced at 12 noon. Or pop in to the nursery’s Open Day on Saturday 3 May to find out more about Balance’s work.

Two other market-funded projects have recently been completed. Joel Community Services received £727 to install planters for a veg and herb garden at its night shelter for homeless people. And £1,500 in market funding enabled YMCA London South West and Benchmark Theatre Company to run a New Writing Festival at Surbiton YMCA last month. The festival showcased plays and poetry written and performed by residents and community members.

And finally, Surrey Life magazine is looking for the Best Local Food Event: ‘a Farmers' Market, food festival, monthly pop-up or similar that has shown an ability to garner a following, create a community of foodies and maintain its foodie magic’.

Love your local market? Then please spare a moment to nominate us for the Food & Drinks Awards here



See you bright and early this Saturday… and look out for this special event at our 20 May market

The Great Surbiton Bread Bake Off! Pick up a flyer on Saturday


Some like it hot!

Whether your taste is for vindaloo and hot lime pickle, or korma with mango chutney, Anila has an authentic sauce and accompaniment for your favourite Indian meal. Find her at this Saturday’s market…

From a small kitchen in Surbiton it’s a long way to Harrods Food Hall, but that’s where success has taken Anila Vaghela since launching Anila’s Authentic Sauces 25 years ago.

‘We started with a stall at a local Easter fair, with just four sauces cooked by myself and my kids in our family kitchen,’ says Anila. ‘I realised that’s what people loved – how I eat and cook at home.’

Today the company supplies more than 500 shops around the country, and beyond, with a range of eight curry cooking sauces, 15 chutneys and pickles, plus tasty daals and Indian snacks. And they’ve been awarded as many as 13 Great Taste Awards!

Anila’s first commercial kitchen was right here in Surbiton and she recently returned to run the stall at our market herself. ‘It’s like going back to my roots!’ she says.   

This year Anila’s introduced a new range of prepared dishes to include koftas, lentil slice and muffins. Fancy trying a Bombay sandwich? Look out for that at Saturday’s market and find out more about her story here.

Learn more about all our regular stallholders here

Our guest stall this month is Silent Pool Distillers of Surrey Hills with its award-winning Silent Pool Gin, the perfect aperitif for any meal…and especially delicious before Indian food. Read more about its variety of gins and refreshing cordials here.

We’ll also be saying a sad farewell to Andrew and Jill at Bickertons who are moving to Lincolnshire. Their online shop will also be closed until August so make sure you stock up on some award-winning chilli jams, fruit vinegars and more, this Saturday.  

Charity of the Month is market favourite Kingston Carers’ Network Young Carers’ Project which supports the needs of young people in the borough aged 5-18 who are caring for family members. Your generosity recently helped send them on a trip to Disney on Ice show, Frozen.

Well done to Inspire Sport for raising an incredible £427 from the tombola on its stall in February. It’s also received an extra £250 in funding from the market.

Read more about our support for local charities here

And finally, Surrey Life magazine is looking for the Best Local Food Event: a Farmers' Market, food festival, monthly pop-up or similar that has shown an ability to garner a following, create a community of foodies and maintain its foodie magic’.

Sounds familiar? If so then please spare just a moment to nominate us for these annual Food & Drinks Awards here

See you bright and early this Saturday…

…and look out for these special events at forthcoming markets

Saturday 15 April – Special Easter Market, with fun for all the family

Saturday 20 May – Celebrating this year’s Surbiton Food Festival

The Great Surbiton Bread Bake Off! Can you rise to the occasion?

 


Meet our stallholders
…they make shopping at our market special!

It’s market time again and our stallholders are busy preparing all your favourite produce to bring you a great selection this Saturday. Here’s the first in a series of profiles of our market regulars…

Ruben’s Bakehouse is presided over by Igor Occhiali, a passionate and dedicated baker. ‘Despite my name being Igor (ask my mother!), I’m very much Italian (Tuscan in fact!),’ he says. Igor specialises in home-baked artisan breads using the long fermentation process and bakes with organic flours and ingredients where possible.

Particularly popular are his bloomers, cottage loaves, soda bread and ciabatta. But it’s his Hamlands sourdough that attracts attention, fermented for at least four hours and containing wholemeal stoneground flour. Try a taster at this Saturday’s market!

If you love Igor’s breads, why not visit his latest shop in Twickenham – opened in November – where he also serves up sourdough pizzas and Italian coffee, pastries and breakfasts. Find out more here.  
 
And learn more about all our regular stallholders here

This Saturday, check out our new guest stall, Kanel London, where Liza Maswale will be introducing Raw Energy Bites inspired by the freshest ingredients – delicious, healthy and with a Scandinavian twist. The product is all natural, with no no added sugar, no salt, no palm oil and no flavouring added, says Liza. There are three flavours available such as Triple Chocolate for vegetarians, and Peanut Butter & Chia Seeds and Cranberry & Nut, both for vegetarians and vegans. Take a look here.

We’ll also be joined by Inspire-Sport, a non-profit community sports club based in Chessington. The name stands for INclusive SPort In Recreation and Exercise. It’s open to anyone with a disability or special need aged 8 to 80 and provides the opportunity to play sports such as basketball, cricket, short tennis, volleyball and more. Sessions are held during term-time at St Philip’s School, with volunteer mentors helping give ‘one to one’ attention to athletes. Come along to the stall on Saturday to find out more and try your luck on a tombola! 

Well done to the boys from Southborough High School’s Young Enterprise team who took more than £200 from sales of their light-up ice cubes at our last market. They’ll be taking a stall again this month. Our January Charities of the Month – Oxygen and Kingston Street Pastors – raised £106 in total, which the market will be match-funding to make £212.
Thames Concerts brochure
Don’t miss the final Thames Concerts’ Farmers’ Market Day Coffee Concert of the season, with musicians from Kingston University Music Department performing in St Andrew’s Church in Maple Road this Saturday from 10.30am. Admission is free (no ticket required). Full details here.  

And finally, a big thank you to our volunteer and baking supremo Jo Harrington for making the fabulous fruit pie that’s pictured on our current poster…yes, it is real!!

See you this Saturday
…and at our next market, on Saturday 18 March


Our regular stallholders will be out in force on Saturday...
At our first market of 2017


Maybe you need to visit Secrett's to stock up on fresh veg so you can make it through your last week of January detox... Or perhaps you're a conscientious objector to the very notion of a dry January and will be making a beeline to Silent Pool for their largest bottle of the hard stuff... We have something for everyone!

Sussex Pies will have a table stacked high with every conceivable type of pie! From Chicken & Chorizo and Lamb & Mint to Steak & Kidney, their wide selection of savoury pastries will be sure to meet your wintry, comfort eating needs. Perfect with some lovely root mash or buttered greens!

Boarstall Meats will be bringing their usual range of high quality meat, including plenty of roasts and stewing cuts. It's a family-run farm and they do their own butchering, which is handy should you ever have a special request. And if we're lucky, they'll also have brought along some bones, perfect for homemade stocks and broths...

It's with sadness that we say goodbye to Phil, who ran Anila's stall and has been a popular presence on Maple Road, both among stallholders and the public. We look forward to welcoming Dan and Anila, and hope Phil enjoys his Saturday morning lie-ins!

Southborough School Young Enterprise will be joining us too.

The January charity stall will be shared by Oxygen, who provide a range of support and services to youth in Kingston and the surrounding area, and Kingston Street Pastors, who work to ensure that the Kingston town centre is a fun and safe place for everyone on Friday and Saturday nights. Drop by the stall to learn more about their work.

Spring is looking a little bit closer for students at Maple Infants' School and St. Andrew's and St. Mark's Junior School, who were the lucky recipients of a large donation of daffodil bulbs from the market, local Rotary clubs and Let’s Learn Energy. Not only will the children learn about planting and nature, but locals can expect Maple Road to be awash in yellow flowers come Spring!

The Christmas market was a resounding success and will be a hard one to beat. The weather was beautiful, the produce bountiful and the Christmas "spirit" was well and truly visible. All our stallholders deserve thanks for generously donating to the prize hamper, which was won by Lindsey Rogers.

Julian and Jenny Meers manned the mulled wine stall, market volunteers Ana Santiago and Jo Harrington helped children with Christmas crafts and decorating gingerbread, while Adrienne Stocks drank a lot of wine in order to make reindeer tree decorations which caught the fancy of many.

Ralph Wettach baked a batch of his beautiful mince pies for the annual YMCA Christmas lunch, while The Giggly Pig kindly donated 25p from each hog roast serving, helping bring the total raised for Momentum, December's charity, to a fantastic £846. The WI's stall also raised £428 for the Kingston Homeless Action Group. And finally, Secrett's won the prize for the Best Decorated Stall!

See you this Saturday …and at our next market, on Saturday 18 February
It's an early one!


Thanks to everyone for your support throughout the year. Wishing you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.


Your festive feast starts here… at our Christmas Farmers’ Market

There’s something for everyone this Saturday from seasonal favourites and foodie gifts to fun kids’ crafts and Santa. Take a stroll along Maple Road and here’s just a taste of what you’ll find to make your Christmas extra special…   

At the north end of the market Ralph Wettach will have black truffle butter, a range of crostini, macaroni cheese pies, Christmas mini mince pies and lots of other seasonal delights. Ralph’s organic fig & almond log is your perfect condiment for cheeses from The French Comté next door.

Next stop is VJ Game and Sussex Smokers for full sides and half sides of Scottish smoked salmon. Alongside the original Dill Cure will be boozy Gravlax flavours – such Gin and Tonic Gravlax and Prosecco Bucks Fizz Gravlax – wild boar and venison sausages, and venison and gammon joints. 

And don’t miss our guest stalls! Maple WI has been busy making jams and preserves for its Christmas stall to sell in aid of Kingston Action on Homelessness.

Anyone for boeuf bourguignon or fleur de sel crisps? At newcomer The French Kitchen, potato chips are seasoned to perfection with a great British twist!

They’re just the thing to serve with a chilled glass or two of a great new limited-edition gin from Silent Pool Distillers – specially distilled with Christmas spices! New this month are miniatures – great stocking fillers – and atomisers for a whole new way to add zest and garnish to Silent Pool gin and tonic.

Guest stall Chimney Fire Coffee recently started a coffee roasting business in Kingston. Owner Dan Webber will be joining us to sell coffee beans – whole or ground – and coffee bags as well as cups of filter coffee to go.

And Kate’s Flowers is the place for your table decorations, seasonal plants, spring bulbs and floral gifts. Amaryllis, berry wreaths and foliage – you’ll find them all at Saturday’s market.  

Enter our free prize draw

Don’t miss your last chance to win a Christmas hamper stuffed full of delicious market produce!

Drop in to the organisers’ stall and enter our free prize draw. Or print up an entry form here and bring it along. The winner will be drawn and hamper handed over at 12 noon.

And that’s not all…

We’ve lined up a hog roast and mulled wine, two choirs (join us at 12.15 for a Christmas singalong outside Gordon Bennett) and a classical duo, free chocolates for Christmas Jumper wearers, and an appearance from The Big Man in the Red Suit.

For kids aged 5-12, we have free fun crafts downstairs at No 97 where Ana from Drops of Love will show how to make lovely handmade Christmas cards and gift tags, Christmas decorations and festive bookmarks.
For an extra special gift, market volunteer Jo has gingerbread men to decorate too!

Support our Christmas charity

We’re delighted to welcome back Momentum as our Christmas Charity, selling cards, wrapping paper and small gifts. Try your hand at the ‘Throw with Mo’ game on its stall!

Proceeds from our collection boxes, mulled wine and 25p from every hog roast serving (thanks to Giggly Pig) will help Momentum support local children with cancer or life-limiting conditions, and their families. Oh, and our crafty volunteer Adrienne has made these little fellas to sell too!

Our November Charity of the Month was Mind in Kingston which raised £370, including £50 from No 97 from sales of mulled wine and our own match funding.

http://www.surbitonfarmersmarket.co.uk/images/posters/xmas-16.jpgRead here how your generosity has helped six local community groups, with donations totalling more than £6,000 in November alone.

Finally, Thames Concerts’ Farmers’ Market Day Coffee Concerts continue this Saturday with musicians from Kingston University performing in St Andrew’s Church, Maple Road from 10.30am. Admission is free. Full details here.  

See you this Saturday wearing your best Christmas jumper… and at our first market of 2017, on Saturday 21 January

 


The Countdown to Christmas is on, so circle Saturday, December 17th on the calendar and drop by Maple Road between 9am and 1pm!

Following well-established tradition, there will be numerous activities to amuse, feed and bring Christmas cheer to the entire family:

  • Best Christmas Jumper contest
  • Bumper Christmas Hamper draw
  • Children's Activities (Holiday Crafts and Gingerbread Man decorating)
  • Festive specials by the stallholders
  • Mulled wine (Sam from No. 97 will be doing the honours!)
  • Hog Roast at The Giggly Pig stall
  • Carols and musical merriment galore
  • And, of course, a visit from Old Saint Nick himself!

We hope to see you there (with sleigh bells on)!


November? No sun. No warmth. No problem!

While we'd love a sunny Saturday, we know that's unlikely.
So we've planned for the worst.

New Maple Road favourite, No. 97, will be preparing a mulled wine that is sure to warm the coldest of cockles. Fortified with a small batch gin (made with locally foraged botanicals) from Glendalough, an Irish distillery, it will be on offer from 10 am until close of market. £1 from the sale of each drink will go the the market's charity of the month, Mind Kingston.

Meru Galettes, who have been sorely missed recently, will be back with piping hot, made-to-order sweet and savoury galettes, that will take the edge off the weather, no matter how inclement. Our favourite is the Complete - free range British ham, emmental and a fresh, free range egg. Gluten-free options are also available!

Ralph Wettach will be bringing his famous Macaroni and Cheese Pies (which he only makes during the wintery months), so be sure to get down early before they all get snapped up. If you haven't tried them before, they are the ultimate comfort food!

And we can't talk cheese at this time of year without mentioning that it's Mont D'or season. The French Comte will be bringing stacks of Vacherin. Take one home, stud it with garlic and pieces of rosemary, add a splash of white wine and heat until golden. Serve with a loaf of crusty bread from The French Tarte or Ruben's Bakehouse and maybe just a wee glass or two of that white wine (since you opened it...). We can't think of a better way to spend a chilly Saturday night...

We are delighted that the market was commended in the Best Food Retailer category at the recent Time and Leisure awards. Surbiton stalwarts The French Table, Pickled Pantry and The Antelope were also recognised.

As you know, we are committed to local charitable endeavours and in the last month, have made donations totalling over £6,000 to very deserving causes.

Thanks to your continued support, Kingston Carers' Network will be able to ensure young carers enjoy a fun day out, while YMCA London South West have received funds towards a theatre company project. A donation to Refugee Action Kingston provides support to refugees and asylum seekers in the area and Shooting Star Chasehospice will have an extra special Grandparents' Day, due to your generosity. And last, but not least, as fresh produce lovers, we're very happy to be able to help Joel Community Services with equipment for its vegetable garden and to buy chickens for Balance CIC's Stud Nursery.

We couldn't do it without you!

In the spirit of being neighbourly, if you have a minute today or tomorrow, Mind in Kingston’s Peer Support Project has been selected as one of the projects eligible for the national Aviva Community Fund. Click here to find out more about the charity’s project and to vote. Voting closes on Friday, November 18th.

Don't forget to enter our free prize draw for a Christmas hamper.

Time is running out for your chance to win a Christmas hamper stuffed full of delicious market produce.  Be sure to stop by the organisers’ stall on Saturday and enter our free prize draw. Or print up an entry form here and bring it alongThe winner will be drawn at our Christmas market on Saturday, 17 December.

Be sure to visit our Facebook, Twitter or Instagram pages for your chance to win one of these fantastic Surbiton Station letter holders. Locally designed by Wilhon Design, this is definitely a Christmas gift you'll want to give yourself. The contest launches Saturday and the winner will be selected on November 30th.

You may recall that Christmas on Maple Road is always a special time. There's a rumour that Santa and his elves will make yet another appearance, mulled wine will be simmering away, Tracy from Giggly Pig will be roasting a hog and The Kingstones will be warming up their vocal chords to bring the sounds of seasonal songs to the festivities (aided of course, by the ever capable market volunteers and, hopefully, you too!).

See you this Saturday and at our Christmas market, on 17 December