As March is our ‘Made in Britain’ month I thought I would share some of my favourite places in London where you can get the best local produce from all over the UK! My team and I have come up with a list of our favourite weekend hang out spots that support local farmers, makers and artisans. Visiting these markets always leaves us feeling excited, full of energy and inspired about what can be created on our own soil in a sustainable and friendly manner!
Stoke Newington Organic Farmers Market
One of my favourite places to visit on a Saturday morning is the famers market on Stoke Newington High Street. This market is packed full of stalls selling only organic produce. Apparently this market is the only totally organic certified market in London! One of my favourite things to do is to visit the milk man to pick up some of his amazing fresh raw milk. I also love to try all his different types of raw yogurts and his extra-large duck eggs (which are totally amazing!) He always looks so healthy and when I asked him why, he said its because he has a cup of raw milk every day for breakfast!
Columbia Road Flower Market
My best Sundays are the Sundays when I get up really early to beat the crowds at Columbia Road Flower Market. This market tends to get pretty busy but if you manage to go at about 8 or 9 you can beat the crowds and let your eyes feast on the delight of all the beautiful colours. The other day, when I was running around the market, I met a man who said that he normally arrives at around 4 in the morning and is ready to start selling at 6! So apparently you can get there even earlier if you are a super energetic early bird.
As amazing as going there super early is, I also love going at 3 in the afternoon when the stands are packing up and the sellers are starting to give away their best bargains! I heard that the stall holders don’t want to take a single flower back with them by the end of the day. It’s great to go and look at all the colors and textures of all these wonderful plants. This market makes me very happy.
Broadway market is am amazing place as it is so full of energy, vibrancy and it is the pinnacle of what London farmers markets are all about! There are buskers on the street and a vast amount of good food and interesting products to browse. I recommend taking a stroll down Regents Canal and visiting London Fields while you are in the area!
Chatsworth Road Market
There is an amazing fish stand at Chatsworth Road market that sells amazingly good quality fish at a really reasonable price. When I once asked him how he manages to sell his fish at such good value, he said it’s because when fish is bought in the right way, it does not need to be expensive. It’s all suitably sourced and extremely good quality!
There is also a really amazing vintage clothes stall, with mainly French 50s, 60s and 70s items at really reasonable prices. Jess often gets really good vintage pieces there! When she goes to Chatsworth Road, she also always visits Wayside Community Centre Charity Shop, which almost always has some amazing bargains!
Queens Park Farmers Market
I sometimes visit this market when I am staying in West London. The reason why I love this market so much is because I discovered the best gluten free bread in London at this market. This stand has mastered the gluten free recipe and it is just divine. Though beware the bread does usually sell out by around 11am! SO getting there early is the trick for this one!