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Monthly local produce picks from Surrey’s farmers’ markets

PUBLISHED: 12:30 18 August 2016 | UPDATED: 11:55 06 October 2016

Visiting farmers' markets is thirsty work for Silent Pool Distillers (Photo: Will White)

Visiting farmers' markets is thirsty work for Silent Pool Distillers (Photo: Will White)

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Every month in Surrey Life magazine, we meet a local producer who can be found plying their trade at Surrey’s farmers’ markets

If you’re a Surrey-based producer that hits the local farmers’ market trail each month and would like to feature in Surrey Life magazine’s Gourmet Life food and drink pages, e-mail matthew.williams@surreylife.co.uk

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Originally published in Surrey Life magazine October 2016 

Norbury Blue Cheese, Mickleham 

Each month, we catch up with the local producers around our county’s farmers’ markets. This time, Michaela Allam from Mickleham’s Norbury Blue Cheese shares their story – just before they make their proposed move to a new site on the Albury Estate near Albury Vineyard, Silent Pool Gin and Tillingbourne Brewery (lunch anyone?!)

Which Surrey markets do you take part in?

We take part in Epsom, Guildford, Godalming and Milford, and we attend an artisan market in Leatherhead. We try to attend markets in a place or town where we don’t have an outlet for our cheese. 

Why did you first decide to get involved?

We first got involved in them 14 years ago, as they gave us an opportunity to showcase our product to the public for the first time. 

Which of your products sell best?

Our Norbury Blue will always be our flagship cheese but the Dirty Vicar, a Caerphilly-like cheese with a soft, creamy rind, is catching up with it fast now!

How relevant are farmers’ markets today?

Things have changed a lot over the years and we have seen a lot of people come and go. Having had a little break from markets ourselves a few years ago, what was lovely about returning to them was customers remembering us. We are also very lucky in Surrey as we have some fantastic farm shops, too, which stock our cheese.

• For more information, visit the Norbury Blue website at norburyblue.co.uk

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Originally published in Surrey Life magazine September 2016 

Hunts Hill Farm, Normandy 

Each month, we catch up with the local producers making the most of our county’s farmers’ markets. This month, Georgina Emerson from Normandy’s Hunts Hill Farm shares their story

Which Surrey farmers’ markets do you take part in?

We attend Guildford, Ripley, Milford, Walton-on-Thames, Kew Village Market, Haslemere, Thames Ditton, Cobham and Farnham on a monthly basis.

Why did you first decide to get involved with them?

Our connection to farmers’ markets in Surrey goes way back and, in fact, we attended our very first at Milford in 1998. Still, to this day, you will always find either myself or my husband John at the markets.

Which of your products sell best?

We raise traditionally-reared free-range meat and employ our own butchers, Peter and Mary, who make our award- winning sausages. If you can’t make it to the markets, our shop is always open Wednesdays to Fridays, 9am to 6pm, and Saturdays, 9am to 5pm.

How relevant are farmers’ markets these days?

Selling our produce locally is very important to us and obviously helps to reduce the food miles – usually from farm to market, our minimum footprint would be 13 miles and furthest 35 miles.

• For more details, see huntshillfarm.com

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Originally published in Surrey Life magazine August 2016

Mannys Sauces, Chertsey

Each month, we catch up with the local producers enjoying our county’s farmers’ market trail. This time round, we speak to Manny Goncalves, the director of Mannys Sauces in Chertsey

Which Surrey markets do you take part in?
Mannys takes part in a few farmers’ markets across Surrey on a regular basis, namely Walton-on-Thames, Camberley, Epsom, Dorking, Cobham, Thames Ditton and also Sutton and Wallington once in a while.

Why did you first decide to get involved with them?
We attended the first farmers’ market in Sutton, back in 2014, after we started producing our sauces. We knew that the easiest way to get our product out there would be to sell directly to the customer.

Which of your products sell best?
We produce a range of sauces, including our piri-piri sauces and chicken marinades that have been voted among the best in the UK. Although sauces are the face of our brand, our best-sellers are our famous Portuguese custard tarts. Today’s food trend is all about healthy products, and our range is free from allergens, sugar and gluten.

How relevant are farmers’ markets today?
I find farmers’ markets extremely exciting. In my opinion, going to the market in the morning is like going to a party: you know that you’ll have a lot of people, a lot of noise – and many times with music. They are, in my opinion, a huge benefit for small local producers as well as customers.

• For more information, visit mannyssauces.com.

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Originally published in Surrey Life magazine July 2016

Jen’s Cupcakery, Esher

Each month, we catch up with the local producers enjoying our county’s farmers’ market trail. This time, we speak to Jennifer Sutton, owner/baker at the Surrey-based Jen’s Cupcakery

Which Surrey markets do you take part in?
I have been trading at Walton for the longest, about five years, and have most recently started at the new one in Dorking. I’ve also had pitches at Cobham and Esher, when it was running. After years in corporate life sitting behind a desk, I loved the farmers’ markets from the get-go (even when setting up on dark winter mornings!).

Why did you get involved?
Initially to road-test my product, which at the beginning was just cupcakes. In my first year, I was runner-up in a national markets competition run by the National Market Traders Federation. Many opportunities have come from being at the markets, the most exciting being the commission to make Michelin-starred chef Jean-Christophe Novelli’s birthday cake one year.

Which of your products sell best?
The cupcakes were my best-seller for a long time, predominantly my carrot and chocolate, but in the last year I have diversified into brownies and other cakes, including gluten-free.

How relevant are farmers’ markets today?
I think in a world where large retailers are so prevalent, people really enjoy buying from smaller, more boutique-style environments and like to know the provenance of the food they are eating. We’re a nation of foodies; you only have to look at Instagram to see the fascination!

• For more, visit jenscupcakery.com 

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Originally published in Surrey Life magazine June 2016

Hogs Back Brewery, Tongham

This month, Hogs Back Brewery’s marketing manager, Jill Adams, tells us why they love a good farmers’ market so much

Which Surrey markets do you take part in?
Hogs Back Brewery has regular stalls at the farmers’ markets in Godalming, Milford and Guildford, as well as at special events such as Haslemere Charter Fair, Godalming Summer Market and the Surrey County Show. The stall is run by Noel Armstrong, who also happens to be one of the brewery’s long-standing tour guides.

Why did you get involved with them?
We’ve been taking part in farmers’ markets for about 18 years, with Noel at the helm for the last eight. Our local roots in Tongham are really important to us, even as we expand further afield. Hogs Back’s TEA is something of a Surrey icon, so having a presence at farmers’ markets seemed a good way of keeping in touch with our local customers.

Which of your products sell best?
A wide range of our bottled products are sold on the stall, either in cases of 12 or as single bottles. The traditional beer offerings tend to be more popular, and TEA is a particular favourite, but Hazy Hog cider sells well in the summer.

How relevant are farmers’ markets today?
Farmers’ markets tap into consumers’ growing desire for food and drink with clearly local provenance. Customers enjoy the shopping experience at markets, where they can talk to stallholders and sample food and drink. We are generous with tasters of our beers as we know that ‘try-before-you-buy’ is important to these customers. In our time at the farmers’ markets, we’ve seen the customer base widen: it’s more mainstream now than it was.

• For more information, visit hogsback.co.uk

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Originally published in Surrey Life magazine May 2016

Ollo Foods, Godalming

Each month, we feature a different Surrey producer who takes part in the local farmers’ markets. This time, we meet Dileep Sharma, owner of ‘ollo foods’ in Godalming, which is an award-winning, artisan producer of fine pickles, sauces and ready-meals

Which markets do you take part in?

We regularly attend Godalming, Milford, Farnham, Guildford and Woking markets.

Why did you first decide to get involved?

We want our curries and pickles to be enjoyed at their very best and that means fresh. We don’t use any preservatives, so handmade, low-volume and never more than 70 units works best for us.

Which of your products would you say sell the best?

We produce two curry sauces: ‘Mild’, which has 18 spices but no chilli, and a ‘Goan’ – both are equally popular. Our two pickles are Carrot and Tamarind and Mixed Vegetable; the former winning a Great Taste award two years running.

How relevant are farmers’ markets today?

Farmers’ markets are vital to our business, as it’s the place where we trade and meet with our customers. Quality is our first consideration and we have great support from the community, which makrs this way of life so enjoyable.

For more information, see ollofoods.com

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Originally published in Surrey Life magazine April 2016

Chalk Hills Bakery, South Nutfield

This month, Chalk Hills Bakery owner Chris Robinson tells us about their travels around the county from their South Nutfield base

Which Surrey farmers’ markets do you take part in?

Chalk Hills Bakery regularly attends farmers’ markets across Surrey, at Walton-on-Thames, Epsom, Dorking, Camberley and Cobham. There are also a number of annual food festivals that we take part in as well.

Why did you first decide to get involved with them?

We’ve been attending farmers’ markets now for five years, more or less since we first started out. I love them because I get to meet many more customers over a greater area and we find that they just love having access to great, locally- produced, natural produce.

Which of your products sell best?

Our main product is sourdough bread and I’m delighted to say that our range of these are our top-sellers. We’ve even recently started producing a sourdough that is made with Hebridean wild seaweed, which has proved to be very popular. We also have a range of Italian, rye and spelt loaves and sell our very own pastries that just fly off the table.

How relevant do you think farmers’ markets are today?

In my opinion, farmers’ markets are still very relevant and continue to be vibrant. Customers deal direct with all of us producers so get to know the provenance of our loaf and any other product they’re buying. They also have the opportunity to understand the benefits of locally-crafted foods as against factory mass-produced. It’s also a lot of fun, on both sides of the table.

For more information on Chalk Hills Bakery, see chalkhillsbakery.com

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Originally published in Surrey Life magazine March 2016

Silent Pool Distillers, near Albury

This month, we meet Surrey Life Food & Drinks Awards winner, Albury’s Silent Pool Distillers, who have taken the industry by storm, with their style and innovation. Director Ian McCulloch tells us about their grass roots efforts

Which Surrey farmers’ markets do you take part in?

We attend a number of markets, including Ripley, Thames Ditton, Milford, Godalming, Guildford and Walton-on-Thames. It’s a great way of meeting our current and future consumers face-to-face and we get good feedback.

Why did you first decide to get involved with them?

I live near Ripley and one of the committee made contact and asked if we’d like to attend. It was an inspired request and we haven’t looked back. It’s the best way for people to sample the product and we have about an 80 per cent sample-to-buy ratio.

Which of your products sell best?

Silent Pool Gin, because it’s a great gin and the people of Surrey know a good gin when they taste one.

How relevant do you think farmers’ markets are today?

We are all about provenance and so are farmers’ markets, so it’s a great fit. If people want to know where the food they eat comes from, there is only one place where you can look the producer in the eye. I think the quality is improving all the time, which can only be a good thing.

For more information, visit silentpooldistillers.com

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Originally published in Surrey Life magazine February 2016

Wright’s Original, Oxted

For those with a thirst for Surrey produce, the Oxted-based Wright’s Original offer their delicious ginger wine at farmers’ markets and farm shops around the county

Which Surrey markets do you like to take part in?

We attend several farmers’ markets in the area (Ripley, Guildford, Surbiton, Farnham, Wallington, Walton-on-Thames and Epsom), as well as food and country shows, and also supply many local shops.

Why did you first decide to get involved with them?

Farmers’ markets allow us to meet our customers direct and get honest feedback. They have also allowed us to build a strong customer base, which in turn recommends our products to friends, colleagues and farm shops.

Which of your products sell best?

Our Dark Ginger is the drink we started with and was made by my mother and grandmother in the Newcastle area – all our other products were designed to have the same quality and real flavour.

How relevant do you think farmers’ markets are today?

Farmers’ markets are still very relevant but we are all responsible for there future. For producers, that means offering high-quality products at a reasonable price and constantly looking to refresh and improve the product range and make it interesting. For organisers, it means to market and develop the offering to ensure areas, villages, towns etc realise that they exist and have benefits!

• For more information, visit wrightsoriginal.com

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Originally published in Surrey Life magazine January 2016

The Art of Curry, Godalming

Winner of newcomer of the year at the Surrey Life Food & Drink Awards 2015, The Art of Curry first came to prominence at their local farmers’ market. Director Sameena Thompson tells us more…

Which Surrey markets do you take part in?

We take part in the South West Surrey circuit, which includes Godalming, Milford and sometimes Haslemere. In addition, we have been at the Farnham farmers’ market a couple of times.

Why did you first decide to get involved with them?

It was the best way to get our products on show and gauge the reaction from a discerning audience that knows their food. It went so well that we have built up a solid base of customers and supporters. They are also a great way to meet people in person and to talk about our products.

Which of your products sell best?

All the four sauces currently in our range are selling very well. Our Queen Bhuna does particularly well, but the Great Taste winners, the Raging Raja and King Korma, are very popular too. The Royal Dopiaza is also perfect as a winter warmer with its cinnamon and clove infusion.

How relevant do you think farmers’ markets are today?

Absolutely relevant, and getting more so all the time with people coming for their quality produce, as they know it is fresh and made locally. We believe so much in them because of our ethos to provide honest, tasty food that is made without the mass-produced additives, and the farmers’ market is our natural home. The type of producers is changing too, as more ex-corporate professionals are joining the ranks of the established farm producers.

• For more information, visit theartofcurry.co.uk

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