When you think of farmers’ markets, your mind probably flashes to old blokes head-to-toe in tweed and muddy boots, but you’ll be pleasantly surprised to find that London is home to a few farmers’ markets of their own (hopefully minus the terrible country slang).
From fresh produce to local community spirit, ditch the plastic packaged fruit and veggies adorning the supermarket shelves and shop local at one of London’s leading farmers’ markets. Here’s seven of our favourites:
Call us hipster but our favourite market has to be Brockley Market. Making its way to Lewisham College car park every Saturday, the market is home to fresh catches of the day, charcuterie staples, freshly pressed pasta and raw dairy products. Not to mention a whole lot of tempting food stands at hand to satisfy your tummy while you wander around from stall to stall.
When: Every Saturday 10am-2pm
Where: Lewisham College Car Park, Lewisham Way, Brockley, SE4 1UT
Hauling fresh fish from the Dorset coast, heritage apples from Essex and handpicked tomatoes straight from the vines in Isle of Wight, Ealing Farmers’ Market is sure utilising the best of British produce. Grab your trusty tote bag, pile in your favourite daily essentials and help local businesses thrive.
Our favourite stand has to be The Pie Station. Expect flaky, buttery pastry in every single bite.
When: Every Saturday, 9am-1pm
Where: Leeland Road, Ealing, W13 9HH
Boasting over forty stalls offering every delicacy under the sun, Marylebone Farmers’ Market is one of London’s finest running every Sunday. Following the changing seasons, you’ll find everything from London’s freshest asparagus in April, while in July you can expect a flurry of rosy red cherries to be lining the stalls.
When: Every Sunday, 10am-2pm
Where: Aybrook Street, Marylebone, W1U 4DF
Wimbledon Championships isn’t the only reason to head to Wimbledon. This little borough is also home to a farmers’ market looking to out do the rest. It’s here you’ll find a loving community spirit as well as a market brimming with fresh produce, seasonal game and goats’ milk galore.
When: Every Saturday 9am-1pm
Where: Wimbledon Park Primary School, Havana Road, SW19 8EJ
Nuzzled just off the corner of Pimlico Road, under the trees of Orange Square, Pimlico Road Farmers’ Market champions the best of British produce, with everything sold here grown, fished or raised within one hundred miles of the M25. Pretty impressive, huh?
Work your way through ripe fruits perfect for juicing, fresh veggies for steaming and homemade artisan cheeses for grilling a stellar toastie.
When: Every Saturday 9am-2pm
Where: Orange Square, SW1W 8UT
Nuzzled away from the crowds of Portobello Road lies Notting Hill Farmers’ Market offering up tempting local produce and treats you need to try.
I know we said you’d be away from the tourist lurking queues, but come 9am on a Saturday morning you’ll find a new queue in town and it’s made up on wandering locals grabbing their supplies for the week ahead. Find everything from wild mushrooms, fresh pasta and pestos, and seasonal flowers from Grange Nursery too. This spot is full of local spirit.
When: Every Saturday, 9am-1pm
Where: Car Park behind Waterstones, Kensington Church Street, Kensington, W11 3LQ
Oh Ally Pally, you might know the spot for housing some of London’s seriously killer rock concerts but we want to draw your attention to their morning scene. North London’s iconic farmers’ market takes place every Sunday morning until the early afternoon and provides locals with fresh, crisp produce and zingy flavours. Expect to work your way through stalls bursting with tempting pies from Life of Pie, fresh fruit and veggies from local producers as well as grab-and-go Moroccan, Indian and Mediterranean dishes to much on while you wander through.
When: Every Sunday, 10am-3pm
Where: Alexandra Palace Park, Muswell Hill, N10 3TG