Herne Hill Farmers' Market may just be the new Maltby Street
This Sunday afternoon it was absolutely heaving – so many families relaxing in the sun and enjoying the day’s events that it was hard to move from stall to stall.
It was a special day – a double celebration for the market’s 2nd birthday and the official launch of Blue Patch, the UK’s ethical market – with an all day string of fun events and prizes all around.
Most amazing (to the London Cook) was the cake competition –
fantastic time, effort and skill by the bakers both young and grownup – a challenge to the judges (The London Cook, Ash of the Blackbird Bakery and Nadia from Crumbs). Hopefully this is just the first – even bigger and better next year!
More practically, this is a market that keeps getting better, attracting a mix of artisanal food producers and specialist designer makers – not all always here every week, but the changing scene keeps things interesting. To list just a sampling:
For cheese: Blackwood Cheese Company; London Cheesemongers;
For pasta: Casa Grande Artisan pasta
For veggies: The Honest Carrot
For chocolates: Blowing Dandelions
For tea : Tiger Spring Tea
For books: Herne Hill Books
AND MUCH MUCH MORE - lots of food ready to eat (Chinese dumplings, paella, hamburgers, fresh donuts, popcorn, etc.), vintage clothes, jewellery and objects, handmade pottery, mineral collectibles, old vinyl records, etc., as well as fresh fruit, veg, meat and fish.