Welcome to the Food Float local area Thursday home delivery service. The cut-off time for placing orders is 10:00am each Wednesday. We are taking orders for Thursday 7 December (also for hampers for delivery on the 7th, 14th and 21st and collection from the stalls on Friday 1, 8, 15 & 22 and Saturday 2, 9, 16 and 23).

We are also taking Christmas Poultry orders – do visit the Christmas page

As well as running the Friday and Saturday stalls in the centre of Dorking, we make deliveries to homes in Dorking and the surrounding villages on Thursdays. There is no delivery charge, just a £12.00 minimum order. We hope you’ll enjoy browsing in our online shop below.

Our preferred method of payment is by online transfer (after you’ve placed your order you’ll receive an automated ‘order confirmation’ email containing our bank account and sort code details) though we are happy to accept cheques and cash. Payment may also be made, including by credit and debit card, at the Stall. We would be grateful if accounts could be settled within a week of delivery.

If you’d prefer to place your order by email rather than use the online shop, or would like to discuss setting up a regular or semi-regular order, you can do so by contacting Maddie at All questions welcomed!

Bletted medlars. Dorking Community Orchard.

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Medlars are decorative, spreading trees with curling branches, golden autumn colour, and large, white or pinkish-white flowers in mid- to late-spring.

The apple-shaped fruits are about the size of a clementine, and somewhat flattened, with prominent, horny calyces. They are unpalatable (sour and astringent) immediately after their autumn picking and have to be 'bletted' - left to rest and soften - before use.

Medars are ready to eat when the skin has browned and become slightly wrinkled, and the fruit has become soft to the touch, almost squashy. You can scoop the flesh straight from the fruit with a teaspoon, discarding the skin and pips, and eat with wine, port or cheese. Or warm a few, and add to breakfast yoghurt with some brown sugar. Or make jelly, or 'cheese', or medlar tart. Let us know what you do!

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