My local farmer’s Market at the bottom of Parliament Hill in London is where I often buy my produce. It’s where I bought the Bramleys that I made into tomorrow’s recipe for Mother’s Day – apple and star anise crumble.
It’s held in a school playground just on Hampstead Heath and has producers coming from a radius of 100 miles as it’s a tad tricky to market garden in London. It’s such a lovely atmosphere. Here’s a video my talented other half did, giving you a feel of the market and an interview with the manager, explaining a bit more about the market.
The market is part of London Farmer’s Markets which is part of the official farmer’s markets of the National Farmers’ and Retail Markets Association (FARMA). If you go onto their website, you can see where there is a farmer’s market near you. (In the US, try here).
Here are some photographs to help you get an idea of what it’s like –
This is the stall I get my wild garlic from. I was so busy I forgot to ask the name.
Brambletye Fruit Farm, producing biodynamic apples and eggs. I love the crocheted blanket.
My other half has had Wobbly Bottom cheese and says it’s lovely (I’m allergic but I am totally in love with their website. I love the goat on the banner image chewing away in the background like it owns the place).
Harvest Moon eggs and chicken (sorry, no website or Facebook page or any of that nice contact stuff). If you live near Ramsgate in Kent, drop by Holly Dene Hens. Properly free range.
Market go’ers are asked to tie up their hounds at the entrance to the market, thus creating an endless source of entertainment for yours truly. It’s behind the sausage van which must drive their noses crazy.
Old fashioned puddings and tarts from The Pudding Stop.
….and that’s me, enjoying a well-earned sausage sandwich from the Giggly Pig. I love their sausages as they’re made from saddleback pigs, which were my favourite when I had a plastic animal farm collection when I was little.
Tomorrow, lots of apple photos and a recipe for Farmer’s Market Apple and star anise crumble.