New year, New Produce at Surbiton Farmers' Market

Surbiton Farmers’ Market returns to Maple Road in February after its winter break, with new stallholders and more fresh produce.

Markets will be held from 9am to 1pm on the third Saturday of the month throughout 2012, starting on Saturday February 18. Each month there will be 26 stalls, with new farmers and producers joining regular stallholders to offer a variety of seasonal foods. Local restaurants and bars will also be open for breakfast, lunch and drinks. Joining the market this month are three new stalls:

• Brambletye Fruit Farm ? based in Forest Row, East Sussex, selling special varieties of organic apples and pears, juices, purees and jams

• Ruben’s Bakehouse ? home-baked organic breads including speciality loaves such as sourdough and ciabatta, all produced locally in Ham

• Just Desserts ? fabulous fruit tarts with seasonal flavours and delicious meringues to impress your friends and family!

Maple Road Surbiton Farmers’ Market is a Community Interest Company, organised by and for the local community. Surplus generated is returned to the community to support local charities and causes. So far, market visitors and stallholders have helped raise nearly £24,000 from donations, collections and other fundraising.

This month’s awareness stalls include the Horse Rangers Association for children and adults (both able bodied and with special needs), a non-profit organisation based at Hampton Court Palace. Charity Kingston Community Furniture, which supplies reusable furniture to people in need in the Borough, will be promoting its work. And 1st Surbiton Sea Scouts will collect funds by selling hot drinks.

Surbiton Farmers’ Market has recently been recognised by national and local awards, winning the Kingston Business Award for Commitment to the Community and reaching the final of the 2012 Farmers’ Market of the Year Awards organised by the National Farmers’ Retail & Markets Association. FARMA represents 250 of the estimated 750 farmers’ markets around the UK.

Market volunteer Sarah Taylor commented: ‘We look forward to another successful year to come and to welcoming new visitors as well as our regular supporters.’

• For details email, or visit or Facebook at Surbiton Farmers’ Market.


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