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Mar
03
At Local Food Surrey, we love local. And the more we meet the lovely people of Surrey who work their socks off to produce fantastic local food and drink, the more we want to support them. So join us as we dish up our reasons why you should shop local


Feb
04
It’s around 40 years since some enterprising Surrey farmers first tentatively opened their gates to customers eager to pick their own crops. The concept was already proving successful in America, when a few British pick your own pioneers to test the market and the rest, as they say, is history.


Nov
22
The story of the Bramley started with a chance planting 200 years ago, in 1809. A little girl called Mary Ann Brailsford took some pips from apples her mother was preparing and sowed them in her Nottinghamshire garden.


Nov
07
Are you dreaming of a “White” Christmas? Or a “Bronze” one? When it comes to turkeys, you may not have weighed up the merits of one type over another, but most of us who invest hard-earned cash in our most popular Christmas bird care about whether the end result is tasty and tender or a big disappointment.


Oct
24
Local potatoes are available at many Surrey farm shops and greengrocers, in all their filthy glory. But what sets a King Edward apart from a Duke of York, or a floury from a waxy? ALICE WHITEHEAD digs around Britain to find the über tuber.


Oct
05
Are crabapple trees under-rated for the smaller garden? Think about it – they are compact, show an abundance of fragrant, white blossom in the spring and by July, the flowers have been replaced by a plentiful supply of small, green fruit which ripens in the August sunshine to a pretty shade of deep pink.


Oct
05
Remember, your local Surrey butcher or specialist game stockist is a fabulous place to learn all about local game. Surrey is a county that is spilling over with riches when it comes to fresh meat and ingredients and these independent meat suppliers really know their subject, and usually love to be given a chance to share their expertise. So next time you visit your local Surrey butcher, go with a list of questions – you’re bound to discover something you didn’t know before, and will probably even find out about some cuts of meat you didn’t know existed!


Oct
05
Autumn is a rich time in the local food calendar – and Surrey never disappoints, offering more delights that you can shake a feather at. Here we look at that most pleasing local game bird - pheasant


Oct
05
Autumn is a plentiful time in the hedgerows of Surrey – local food at its best. It’s wonderful to see the berries and hips and it’s perhaps a shame that so much of Mother Nature’s bounty goes to waste, although it is important that plenty remains for the local animal and bird population. While wild blackberries are recognised by most people, another dark coloured berry that lurks in the hedgerows often goes unnoticed – or unrecognised. This is the sloe berry, and Surrey has many of these little gems if you know where to look. We have never seen them in local food shops, but if you hear of any, why not contact us?