The Garden Guide

Book: Gardening tours by J.C. Loudon 1831-1842
Chapter: Middlesex, Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire, Wilshire, Dorsetshire, Hampshire, Sussex, and Kent in the Summer of 1832

Reading Market

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The Market of Reading is well supplied with the commoner vegetables and fruits, and particularly with apples and cherries. The latter fruit this year is very abundant, and of excellent quality. The cherry market is held on Wednesdays and Saturdays, and on the last market-day, the 7th inst., the price was 1s. 6d. per score pounds. The last cherry market for the season will be held on Saturday. It is a pity that the cherry-growers have not learned the art of making kirschwasser. (See Vol. IV. p. 179., and Vol. VIII. p. 182.) Flowers, both cut and in pots, are brought to market on Saturdays, both from market-gardens and private gardens. Great quantities of green-house plants in pots have been exposed for sale in the market-place, from the gardens of private gentlemen, and also hawked round the town in carts. Mr. Priest mentioned to us one gentleman who sold, in one summer, as many as 950 pots of pelargoniums in this way. Onion seed is exposed in the market for sale at a certain season, and this year promises an abundant crop.