After a hugely successful Christmas market, it’s business as usual this Saturday in Maple Road for our first market of the New Year. Why not try kick start your health campaign with our wonderful fresh produce…
Pimpernel Fisheries is the place for the very freshest of fish, pulled from the sea off Salcombe in Devon by our very own salty seadog, Kevin! With line-caught crabs, lobsters, shellfish and wet fish, Kev has a great range of fresh and cooked varieties to choose from, all caught, prepared and sold within 48 hours.
This month’s guest stall is Kitty’s Kombucha, where Milan has seven flavours of naturally fermented tea beverage to choose from. The two honey flavours on sale (jasmine & hemp) are made with Surbiton honey! Ringden Farm and Wrights Originals have plenty of non-alcoholic options too.
Sadly, we have to say goodbye to lovely LusoBrazil and Kate’s Flowers. Our very best wishes to Rute and family, and to Kate and crew, for every success in the future.
This month we welcome back Joel Community Services as our January charity. Its award-winning night shelter in Norbiton offers more than just a bed for the night and a home-cooked meal to people facing homelessness in the borough of Kingston. Learn more about the charity’s work here and please pay a visit to the stall on Saturday.
Southborough High School’s Team Vulcan will also be joining us. Their Young Enterprise product promises ‘a great way for people to enjoy an easy and convenient way to lie down anywhere, anytime’. Intrigued? Call in at their stall to find out more.
Can you spare some time to benefit your community?
Surbiton Farmers' Market is run entirely by volunteers from the local community and we're looking for extra help on market days. In particular we're after some willing helpers to put the safety barriers in place, help out on the organisers' stall during the morning and put everything away when the market closes at 1pm. Please email operations manager Cyrus Shrof at email@example.com if you’d like to help.
Cyrus recently paid a visit to Kingston Carers’ Network Young Carers’ Project to hear about the charity’s work with children and young people in the borough with caring responsibilities for family members. In November the market contributed £750 towards YCN’s Wellbeing Project which targets carers in need of additional support. Pictured are some of the young carers on a recent visit to Box Hill. We’re also supporting a new initiative to tidy up the Queen’s Promenade. ‘The old flower beds are desperately in need of a makeover as well as de-littering, says market volunteer Julian Meers. ‘We’re gathering a group of volunteers to help with some community gardening with the aim of brightening up the promenade. Interested in taking part? Then meet at the Riverside Café on Saturday 3 February at 10am. Tools and refreshments provided. More details here.
Our Christmas thankyous
Lots of people to thank after we raised the magnificent sum of over £1,200 for children’s hospice Shooting Star Chase at the Christmas market…
Thanks to Jenny and Julian Meers and to Gordon Bennett bar + kitchen for the mulled wine sales, and to No 97 and Jo Harrington for hosting the biscuit decorating. Thanks to The Giggly Pig for donating 50p per hog roast serving and to shoes at last for contributing £1 from each scented candle sold. And thanks to all the Maple Road businesses for the proceeds from their Christmas lights-on.
A special thank you to Ralph Wettach for making the mince pies for this year’s YMCA Christmas Lunch, to our two choirs, and to our special guest The Mayor of the Royal Borough of Kingston, Councillor Julie Pickering, for her visit. Finally, thanks to Santa for drawing the winning ticket in our Rose Theatre tickets competition. Well done to Kelly Brown of Alfred Road, Kingston for winning!
And finally, our thanks to Winkworth Surbiton Estate Agents for sponsoring a mailing of our 2018 dates card. Find them and more friends of the market here.
See you bright and early this Saturday and at our next market, on Saturday 17 February.
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Come 9am this Saturday, our annual Christmas market will kick off with its usual festive flair.
Should you need to top up the larder in advance of hordes of marauders (also known as 'distant relatives') or to ensure there are a few nice treats for yourself to enjoy over the break, we've got you covered.
Ralph Wettach's stall is sure to be groaning under the weight of his seasonal treats. He'll be bringing black truffle butter, a special Christmas duck pate, spicy nuts and, of course, his small batch mince pies. And don't forget that his 'oldie, but goodie' standards like hummus, fig and almond log, wine crackers and crostini, which are always great staples to have on hand for unexpected guests.
Should you want something truly unique, Elena at Home of Savoury has created two limited edition savoury muffins just for Christmas. We're not sure whether to try the Cranberry & Camembert or the Smoked Salmon & Dilled Cucumber first - they both sound delicious! And, she will be offering gift boxes with an assortment of 20 of the most popular Saffin flavours, which are perfect for popping in the freezer and warming up in the oven.
And it wouldn't be Christmas without a stonking great wedge of cheese or two! The French Comtéwill be selling its usual selection of french cheeses, including the seasonal (and always popular) Vacherin Mont d'Or. Stud it with garlic and rosemary and pop it in the oven for a quick and deliciously gooey indulgence. They'll also bring along hampers and gift boxes which you can use to create some custom cheese gifts.
Maple WI will be along with a wide range of jams and chutneys. Gone are the days of row upon row of 'mock' raspberry and marmalade. There will be a veritable bonanza of varieties to delight the palate, whether it be on toast, in tarts or as an emergency filling in your bûche de noël! If you find yourself stuck for some last minute gift ideas, there will be a range of options that are sure to satisfy the pickiest of recipients.
The Little Hanging Garden Company are back with their beautiful 'living' Christmas wreathes, and a wide selection of decorative plants, including their globe terrariums, copper and ivy hearts and kokedamas (hanging moss balls with seasonal plants, ferns and orchids).
BeeInspired will be stocking their beautiful rolled beeswax candles at £8 a pair. Or if you like the idea of being a bit more hands-on, you can buy a kit for £5 which will allow you to test your skills as a Chandler and keep you amused over the Christmas break. They will also bring their snowflake beeswax soaps (fragrance-free, lavender or geranium and orange), which have been selling like hotcakes and make a lovely stocking stuffer. And, we recommend that you buy some of their luxury honey mincemeat for your pies. Not only will your baking be the envy of your neighbours, but you'll be supporting local beekeepers.
Dani and Janet from Flavours of Sicily are putting together hampers of wonderful Sicilian specialties, including olive oil, pasta sauces, dried herbs and nuts. They're always popular gifts for the gourmands in your life.
If you need something strong to help you through the season, Silent Pool will stock their table with their brand-new damson and sloe gins, along with gift sets of gin and glasses. And, if you can't live on gin alone, The Antelope will be selling beer gift boxes and merchandise. Should the arctic front continue and you feel the need for fortification, Sam Berry from No. 97 will be offering his warming hot gin punch and former market manager Julian Meers and his wife, Jenny, will be manning the mulled wine stall.
There will be plenty to nibble on too. Social enterprise Flipping Amazing will be bringing a new, festive flavour to the market, so don't forget to try it out! And, market favourites Giggly Pig will be roasting a hog and are generously donating £0.50 from each sale to our Christmas charity, Shooting Star Chase
It really wouldn't be Christmas without gingerbread people and following last year's roaring success, we'll once again be commandeering the basement at No. 97 and bringing all the sprinkles! Children can pop by and decorate biscuits to take home or eat on the premises, if the temptation is just too great...
Adding to the atmosphere, the YMCA choir will be outside Gordon Bennett's at 11:00am, and the 'pop up' choir will take their place at 12:15pm.
We also expect a visit from a very important guest - Santa Claus! The reindeer will be dropping him off at 11:00am and he has specifically requested that the children of Surbiton come prepared with their wish-lists.
And don't forget about our annual draw! We'll be choosing the winner of the tickets to Alice in Winterland at the Rose Theatre, together with a meal at Pizza Express at midday at the organisers' stall.
We look forward to seeing you on Saturday. Have a wonderful holiday season and hope to see you at our first market of 2018, on Saturday 20 January
’Tis the season to be jolly and here at Surbiton Farmers’ Market HQ we’re jolly busy planning a bumper Christmas Market for all the family to enjoy…
Here’s just a taster of what you’ll find on Maple Road on Saturday 16 December
Our Christmas Charity this year is children’s hospice Shooting Star Chase – all proceeds from fundraising at the Christmas Market will be donated to this local charity, including 50p on each serving of hog roast, thanks to The Giggly Pig.
Look out for more details next week and see you on Saturday 16 December
Can’t wait ‘til then? Then come along to the Maple Road Christmas Lights-On this Thursday, 7 December, at 6.30pm. There’ll be mulled wine, hot chocolate, mince pies and flapjacks, plus carols from 3rd Surbiton Brownies. All proceeds to the market charities. Thank you!
Maple Road is famous for its French-style pavement cafés and restaurants. Enjoy the ambience of our very own French Quarter this month where you’ll find three of our regular stalls have a certain je ne sais quoi…!
What better way to indulge your senses this autumn than with a slice of Comté Grande Reserve from The French Comté. These top-quality medal-winning cheeses from the Jura Mountains near the Swiss border are aged for up to three years for a concentrated flavour, with brown-butter and roasted-nut aromas and a sweet finish. Try a sample this month and you’ll be hooked!
For a tea-time treat or special gift, stroll along to The Real Macaron, where Fabienne Jaimes and husband Henry serve up perfect French macarons with intense flavours and candy colours that are almost too pretty to eat! Look out for their citrus-flavoured madeleines for a brief remembrance of things past. These shell-like sponge cakes come from the Lorraine region in north eastern France.
Make your next stop our very own crêpe stall Flipping Amazing where you’ll find Carine Duneau and friends offering a selection of sweet-flavoured crêpes and savoury galettes to eat on the spot. This truly amazing social enterprise offers young people of all backgrounds and abilities the chance to gain valuable work experience. Read more about the Flipping Amazing story here
Many congratulations to Tanya and Vladimir – of our new stall T&V Vegetable Gardens – on the arrival of their first child. If Vlad was looking anxious at the October market that was because baby Alexander was already overdue! We look forward to welcoming Tanya back very soon.
Congratulations too to another new arrival…Lallapolosa Baking Company’s first shop, only a short cookie’s throw from where it all started for Adam and Elyse at Surbiton Farmers’ Market. ‘Elyse and I are thrilled to open our new shop so close to the market and the many customers and friends we have met there over the years,’ says Adam.
Visit Lallapolosa at its new home at 26 Bloomfield Road, KT1 2SE, where you’ll find all your familiar market favourites, a wider selection of delicious Lallapolosa goodies, and a fantastic coffee to boot!
This Saturday, give a big welcome to volunteers from Charity of the Month, the River Thames Boat Project, including our former operations manager Julian Meers. This local charity offers therapeutic cruises and educational activities on the Thames for people of all ages, including those with a special needs, disability or mental health condition.
Enjoying and learning about the river on board a specially adapted and wheelchair-accessible barge, Thames Venturer, is a very special experience, says Julian. A second boat, Thames Discoverer, is due to arrive in Kingston early next year. Find out more about the River Thames Boat Project here
And finally, don’t forget that we’re giving away four tickets for the Rose Theatre to see its dazzling new festive show, Alice in Winterland, together with a meal at Pizza Express.
For your chance to win, simply pick up a flyer from the organisers’ stall at Saturday’s market, write your name and email on the reverse, and pop it into the entry box. The winner will be drawn at our Christmas market on 16 December, when we’ll have a host of festive fun activities for all the family.
See you bright and early on Saturday 18 November, and at our Christmas Farmers’ Market on Saturday 16 December
We’ve joined with the Rose Theatre Kingston to give away four tickets to see its dazzling new festive show, Alice in Winterland, together with a meal at Pizza Express
To enter, simply pick up a flyer from the organisers’ stall at one of our next three markets, write your name and email on the reverse, and pop it into the entry box. The winner will be drawn at our Christmas market on 16 December. Good luck!
And there’s more good news! Although we’re sorry to say goodbye to Secretts Farm – who have decided to concentrate on their farm and wholesale business – we’ll be welcoming back Vladimir and Tanya, who have manned the stall since we first started, 8 years ago this month.
The couple now have their own land in Hampshire and will be joining us in Secretts’ usual double pitch outside The French Table. They’ll be selling a full range of fresh farm produce under the name T&V Vegetable Gardens. Look out for new lines too!
And there’s even better news on the way, as Tanya and Vlad await the birth of their first child… Find out more about their story here
We’ll also be welcoming back Isle of Wight cooperative The Land, selling wonderful tomatoes, garlic, mushrooms and more, at the Westfield Road end of the market, just next to Kate’s Flowers & Plants.
Our friends from Abundance will be joining us again to demonstrate how they press juice using the seasonal surplus of locally grown fruit. Last month some of their apples were harvested just around the corner from the market, in St Leonards Road. Any profits will go towards buying some new pickers for the Abundance project.
And our Charity of the Month will be Mind in Kingston. Read more about the range of services it provides to local mental health service users in the borough here and drop by the stall on Saturday for a chat.
Last month’s charity The George Pantziarka Trust raised an amazing £230 which we’ll be match-funding to make £460. You can also support the trust free of charge every time you shop online via Give as you Live here.
Thanks to your generosity we’ve recently made several large donations, totalling more than £5,000, to local charities and causes:
PLUS £1,500 to fund catering equipment for the new social enterprise Flipping Amazing, providing work experience for local young people of all backgrounds and abilities. Why not try one of their delicious crêpe recipes at this Saturday’s market!
Thanks also to all those who voted for us in the recent Time & Leisure Food & Drink Awards, where the market was a finalist in the Best Food Retailer category, and in the Surrey Life Food & Drink Awards where we reached the final for Best Local Food Event. Well done!
Come along early this Saturday for the best selection and join us for our next market, on Saturday 18 November
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!
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.
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!
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.
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
This 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.
Young 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
We’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
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.
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
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.
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…
Ralph Wettach (sourdough loaf)
The French Tarte (wholegrain loaf)
Jemma Rice (bread wreath)
Sophie McDowell (chocolate banana bread)
Christine Hall (breakfast loaf with sausage, bacon, mushrooms, beans and tomato)
Jo Harrington (cinnamon buns)
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 Boulanger, Best 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!
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!
Whether 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
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!
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.’
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
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.
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
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
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
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.
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
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!
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.
Read 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
Following well-established tradition, there will be numerous activities to amuse, feed and bring Christmas cheer to the entire family:
We hope to see you there (with sleigh bells on)!
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.
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.
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 along. The 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!).