London Farmers' Markets
Juice, cider and wine, all made by the farmer and grower using their own fruit.
There are 14 producers selling Drinks at London Farmers' Markets:
Akiki Organics is a small holding of 12 acres in Worcestershire, farming to biodynamic standards. Their aim is to be self sufficient producing a range of products that meets the needs of their large family. When they took over the farm five years ago it was very neglected with only a few trees remaining in the orchard. With a lot of hard work they're achieving their aim of producing foods as close as possible to nature and bringing their fruit, vegetables, eggs and preserves to London for you to share.
Frances Wood and the team at Alham Wood produce a wide variety of handmade cheeses, including their own variations of Ricotta, Cheddar, Caerphily and Mozzarella, as well as some of Frances' own creations, many of them based on traditional Romanian recipes. They also have fresh unpasteurised milk, buffalo meat and delicious thick yoghurt available.
Stein Leenders and his colleagues at Brambletye Fruit Farm farm to strict biodynamic principles - meaning that the farm is a closed system, all farm outputs being fed back into the farming process. Eggs are laid by some of the most curious and free ranging hens we've ever seen. The orchard produce some truly fabulous apples, some of which are crushed into apple juice that is sold fresh and unpasteurised. Look out also, in season, for strawberries, currants, blueberries, blackberries and pears. They also have beehives in the orchards which, aside from pollinating their fruit, produce some outstanding honey, and look out for their oyster mushrooms.
David and Linda Deme sold at the first London Farmers' Market - in Islington in June 1999 - and since then have not looked back. They now grow an impressive range of top and soft fruit, including a number of unusual heritage varieties. They are still best known for their fantastic apples and pears, all of which are now certified organic. Their fruit is juiced on the farm to create a fabulous range of fruit juices, including unusual flavours like apple and beetroot.
Andrew Lingham is part of a long family farming tradition at Court Farm, where the Linghams have been farming since 1871. They farm mainly Simmental-cross beef cattle, and a variety of different English and continental breeds of sheep, mostly Suffolk crosses and Hebrideans. Court Farm won a prestigious "Best Butcher/Meat Retailer Of The Year" gong at the "Taste of Kent" awards in 2014, while Andrew got a special award for his farming and landscape conservation methods.
Michael Dallaway grows cherries at four different sites on the Kent/ East Sussexborder. He sets his standards extremely high and only picks the cherries when they are fully ripened so that each and every cherry is a truly mouth watering experience. Come and find the stall to try some of the best cherries you will ever have eaten. During the 5 weeks of the cherry season Michael will bring over 15 different varieties for you to be able to try at selected market.
Organics) are primarily growers of delicious strawberries but at different times of the year you will be able to pick up gooseberries, blackcurrants, blackberries, redcurrants, rhubarb, pears, plums, cherries, quinces and melons from their stall; all from their smallholding in Cambridgeshire. Through the summer months their freshly-made smoothies can be a godsend on a hot market day while all their excess fruit goes into making delicious cordials and preserves available year-round.
Jennie and John White produce authentic cider. The cider business is a relatively new one, set up as a family business by John and Jennie, along with John's father, also called John. John Snr is an old hand at the orchard, who has been growing apples for many years now, and produces some of the best cider apples to be found in Somerset. Jenny and John Jr. then turn these apples into some of the tastiest real cider available in England, in their cider-making shed on the outskirts of London. Producing the cider from their hub in Hertfordshire means that they can limit the distance they travel in getting their ciders to their London market customers to an absolute minimum.This cider is a real treat, with a mixture of both Scrumpy and single-apple ciders available, as well as some varieties which have been matured in old whisky and rum casks, giving them a unique extra kick.
Millets has been owned by the Carter family since 1952. They're based in Oxfordshire, where their extensive orchards grow many varieties of apples, plums and pears, some of which go into their juice. From August onwards they come to market with their apples, pears and plums. In the summer months, their stalls are a riot of colour from the many varieties of berries. They also grow vegetables - from broad beans to the largest parsnips around!
Mole End Farms Ltd
Sara and Paul Ward of Mole End Farms grow top fruit across 5 sites in Kent, which is pressed straight after picking to create sublime fruit juices. Their main site in Cranbrook is managed as a conservation areas to provide the bio-diversity essential in organic production systems i.e. a home for natural predators who feed upon the crops insect pests as well as offering a wealth of habitat for native wildlife. They have found a method of production which allows them to create a top-quality natural product whilst providing benefit to their immediate natural environment.
Martin Fermor's father came to Perry Court after the 2nd World War. Martin planted up a huge orchard of apples and pears - they currently have over 150 varieties. They bring many of the more unusual varieties to market on Apple Day in October. They also grow cherries, plums, soft fruit and more recently have been trialling nectarines, apricots and peaches. The farm also producers a huge range of salad and vegetable crops. They don't use any fertilisers or crop sprays at all, relying on a traditional rotation system.
Fenland farmers Edwin and Karen Broad put the environment at the heart of all they grow, with strict adherence to organic principles being the bedrock of their philosophy. They grow a vast range, with a full compliment of organic vegetables and, in season, fresh windfall apples from their orchards. At selected markets they also offer freshly baked jacket spuds, potato wedges and baked apples, to munch on while you shop.