It’s Autumn, which means chutneys, soups and pickles are rife… as are Famers’ Markets! Yep, it’s that time of year where we can wander, wrapped up warm, around various outdoor stalls perusing the best of seasonal farm produce, under a sea of amber and red leaves. London has a vast amount of Farmers’ Markets, stuffed full of top-quality seasonal fruit, veg, traditional meats and dairy, and markets are flourishing not least because we all want to know exactly where and how our food is produced. So I’ve searched through all the best markets London has to offer and here are five up-and-coming markets not to miss out on.
When: Saturdays, from 10am – 2pm
Dubbed as ‘cooler than Borough Market’, this multi-award winning Farmers’ Market in Lewisham College carpark has really caused quite a stir. Open on Saturdays from 10am to 2pm, the market is home to a mouth-watering selection of seafood, cheeses, charcuteries, craft beers, locally roasted coffees and much much more. Free range chickens from Fosse Meadow and organic veg from Wild Country Organics are regular favourites. However, its not just about raw ingredients, there is also a multitude of street food on offer for those peckish while perusing. The market is cash only, so bring some notes and of course your tote bags.
Where: Lewisham College Carpark, Lewisham Way, Brockley, SW4 1UT
When: Saturdays, from 10am to 3pm
An upmarket market new on the scene, Chiswick High Road Market is held in the grounds of Belmont Primary School. The latest addition to west London’s growing artisan food scene, this market showcases local delicacies and traditional delights. Channel Fish offer their daily catch, The Crunch sell deluxe granolas and Bad Ass cakes provide a dazzling selection of sweet treats. For eating on the go there’s Spanish street food, pimped up meatballs and show stopping Thai cuisine. This market cooks up a storm and is not one to miss – open on Saturdays from 10 am to 3 pm.
Where: The Pavilion, Market Drive, Chiswick, W4 2RX
When: Saturdays, from 9am to 1pm
Every Saturday from 9am to 1pm under the trees of Orange Square, Pimlico Road Farmers’ Market opens its stalls to hundreds of locals who come to stock up on some of the finest, freshest produce available in South London. With over thirty stalls, everything you could want is on offer; British caught fish and shellfish, organic veg, seasonal meat and game, London-made bread and cakes, local honey, pies, flowers and plants. Everything sold is grown, raised or fished within one hundred miles of the M25. No wonder this market has won prizes for being so amazing!
Where: Pimlico Road, Belgravia, SW1W 8UT
When: Sundays, from 10am to 2pm
One of the biggest in London, Marylebone Farmers’ Market boasts at least forty stalls selling every delicacy you can imagine. Oysters from Norfolk, artisan mushrooms, British-grown asparagus and Chegworth Valley apple juice, this market has it all. Gourmet grocery heaven every Sunday from 10am – 2pm. Don’t get caught out though – the market’s location has just changed from its usual car park on to Aybrook, St Vincent and the top of Moxon Street.
Where: Cramer Street, Marylebone, W1U 4EW
When: Sundays, from 10am to 3pm
North London’s legendary farmers’ market takes place in the grounds of Ally Pally every Sunday from 10am to 3pm. Not only does this market provide local produce aplenty, it also specialises in Moroccan, Indian and Mediterranean dishes. From the Giggly Pig’s sausages to Zambeziana’s Mozambican chicken, this market fuses the traditional with the exotic. It’s a must-see for anyone wanting to broaden their culinary horizons in the capital.
Where: Alexandra Palace, Muswell Hill, N8 7FW