London Farmers' Markets
Vegetables and Salads
Cut or picked within hours of a market ensures great tasting vegetables and salads. Because they're so fresh salads keep well in the fridge.
There are 35 producers selling Vegetables and Salads at London Farmers' Markets:
A G Brockman Organic Vegetables
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.
Jane and David Barker (aka Barker Organics) are very much of the old school of farming, and that's the way they intend to keep it! Jane and David farm biodynamically on their small walled Norfolk smallholding, using methods which have served their plot of land well for generations of tenant farmers before them. They stick strictly to the traditional Norfolk four-course rotation system, a system pioneered on the surrounding lands in the late-17th century - it guarantees them decent yields whilst ensuring that the future biodiversity and productivity of the land is not sacrificed.
Stein Leenders and his colleagues at Brambletye Fruit Farm farm to strict biodynamic principles. 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.
Roz Corum grows unusual herbs, vegetables, perennials and beautiful bunches of cottage garden flowers and pussy willow on her nursery near Hastings. Her stall displays a somewhat quirky side to the traditional country garden, with a number of rare varieties, and all sorts of things that your nearest garden centre (and often us!) will probably never have heard of.
Cultivate London make use of underused space in West London to grow a whole range of plants, herbs and vegetables. They call themselves an urban farm and social enterpries and they pride themselves on training unemployed young people in horticulture, supporting them as they grow skills.
DGJ Tanner (Sopley Farm)
The team at Sopley Farm, in Dorset, are always a welcome addition to any market. Their season starts with them bringing up massive amounts of rhubarb and asparagus. It's some of the best rhubarb and asparagus you'll be able to find, as most of what they sell has been picked within 24 hours of sale, so it truly is the freshest fruit and veg available.
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.
Eden Farms is a small pioneer organic farm, run by David Lucas and Marjorie Stein, which is now approaching 30 years of organic vegetable growing. It's a family farm in the Lincolnshire West Fen, growing around 60 different sorts of vegetable, from potatoes and carrots to unusual tomatoes and aubergines- Marjorie and David have even travelled abroad to track down special seeds for these!
Fiveways Fruit Farm
Julian Mead farms a delicious array of fruit at Fiveways Farm near Colchester, Essex. For those of you that haven't come across them before, in the Summer months they bring along a glorious range of different soft fruit, followed in Autumn by a selection of traditional apple varieties, just set to make mouths water all through London. Before the main fruit season begins in earnest, they bring along their equally mouth-watering asparagus crop, sold at the height of freshness and with an unparallelled flavour.
G D Horticulture & Landscape
Geoffrey is a small-scale grower from Bodiam, Kent, where he moved from his native Belgium a few years ago. Geoffrey grows on small patches of underutilised land scattered across different parts of Kent - quite often he has found new growing space by seeing a patch of unused growing land, and then offering his services as a gardener to the owner in return for being able to grow his own crops there. So he is not farming the easy way, but it is made easier by his passion for produce.
Harvest Moon Free Range Eggs
Tim Norris has been selling his free range eggs and poultry at our markets since 2000. His farm near Sarratt in Hertfordshire is one of the closest to London.
Lee House Farm produces some of the finest Organic Pork, Beef, Eggs and Vegetables in West Sussex and Surrey. Lee House Farm is a small mixed organic farm registered with the Soil Association, producing rare breed Tamworth, Gloucester Old Spot and Middle White pork, sausages and bacon. They also have Shetland lamb, mutton and hogget, Bronze turkeys, free range eggs, vegetables and Sussex beef.
Manor Farm, run by Angela and Peter Thompson in the East Anglian flatlands, produce large quantities of great quality vegetables. You can often find big queues at their stall lining up for their produce at market; it is because the customers know full well that Manor Farm provide reliable quality and some of the freshest vegetables available in London. Their purple cauliflowers and massive Brussels sprouts on stalks always catch the eye.
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!
New Park Farm Asparagus
If you haven't tried Michael Bourne's Kentish asparagus yet you are in for a treat, as it is as fresh as you are likely to find anywhere. As the year progresses, Michael brings his full range of soft fruit, including strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, blackberries, gooseberries and cherries.
Nigel's Lettuces and Lovage
Nigel Dyer grows a vast range of different things on his smallholding in Cambridgeshire. Look out for unusual varieties of pepper, potted herbs, beautiful bulbs, amazing knobbly marrows, pumpkins and squashes and immensely succulent tomatoes.
Old Hall Farm Rare Breeds
Clive Ovenden has spent the last ten years scouring the whole of the United Kingdom for traditional rare breeds of sheep, cattle, pigs and chicken. Consequently Old Hall Farm, situated on Romney Marsh, now is one of most comprehensive and commercial rare breed farms in the whole of the UK.
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.
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.
The Emmett family have been at Rockwell End near Henley since 1936. As well as an acreage of wheat, the farm also produces free range eggs, new/ salad and main crop potatoes, tomatoes, asparagus, sweetcorn and salad leaves. All produce is available on-farm in the farm shop as well as at Farmers Markets in London.
S Thorogood & Sons (Southminster)
For six weeks (approximately) every year; Pip and his wife come to London to sell the freshly picked asparagus they grow on their farm near Southminster, Essex. Sold loose in several grades so you can buy as little or as much as you want. Delicious and always very welcome.
Seasonal Suffolk Ltd
Ted Dawson farms a full range of vegetables using traditional methods in southLincolnshire. This family-run farm has been attending many of London’s farmers’ markets for around 10 years now – they have now built up a formidable reputation for quality. Their range of growing expertise means their stall always has something to make it stand out whatever the season. Look out for their exemplary artichokes in Winter, their mouth-watering asparagus in the Spring, their bendy cucumbers and knobbly squash in the Summer, and massive juicy pumpkins in the Autumn.
The Culinary Herb Company
Peter Sikora set up The Culinary Herb Company in 2008, originally operating from a small allotment-size space in London. Things soon grew, though, and Peter started growing in Herriard, Hampshire, expanding his range to a vast number of different herbs, from the everyday to the exotic.
The Garlic Farm sell fresh garlic which is truly a cut above garlic you might find in a supermarket this time of year; it hasn't been treated or frozen or had anything artificial added to it to improve its appearance or shelflife, and it tastes so much better as a result. They also sell smoked garlic and a range of garlic-based pickles and relishes, including their unique garlic piccalilli. Also look out for farmer Colin Boswell's speciality Elephant Garlic - it's the size of a cricket ball and potent to boot!
The Mushroom Table was founded as a partnership between brothers William and Matthew Rooney in 1995. The aim was to produce a range of exotic mushrooms as an alternative to the conventional white Agaricus which dominates the European mushroom industry. They began production in 1996 with two oyster mushrooms - Sonoma Brown Oyster Mushroom and Colchester Blue Oyster. Their principle crops continue to be Oyster mushrooms although the Colchester Blue has been replaced by the arguably superior Chocolate Oyster Mushroom. They have also developed cultivation methods for a dozen other mushrooms.
The good folks at the Potato Shop really know about potatoes! With a great range of 20+ heritage and more well-known potatoes grown on their farm, they will be able to give you expert tasting notes and cooking advice on how to get the best out of their spuds. For every cooking style or cuisine, there is usually a particular potato which is especially well-suited.
The Tomato Stall’s speciality tomatoes are all grown in the Arreton Valley on the Isle of Wight. It has some of the highest levels of sunlight anywhere in the UK and a milder maritime climate. Paul Thomas and the team grow a large variety of different tomatoes: a mixture of organic and conventional, traditional heirlooms and super-sweet mini varieties, and bring them direct from the glasshouses to the Farmers’ Market, often arriving with fruit that was picked just the day before. Tomatoes are allowed to fully ripen on the vine, allowing the natural sugars to develop and maximising flavour.
Wash Farm are a traditional Pick Your Own farm run by Peter and Shirley Stevenson, based near Braintree, Essex. Their produce depends entirely on the seasons. Around May they start bringing their freshly-picked asparagus, before quickly adding strawberries, gooseberries and raspberries to their repertoire. In late Summer comes their crop of fresh juicy sweetcorn.
The pigs at Wicks Manor farm are born and bred on the farm and spend their lives in roomy straw filled yards. All the feed is grown and milled on the farm in Maldon, Essex.
Wild Country Organics is run by Dr Adrian Izzard, who has pioneered growing organic vegetables and oriental leaves from Green in snow to Komastsuna, in glasshouses without using artificial heating. The farm is located seven miles south east of Cambridge in Abington and has been organic since 1988. In the summer they specialise in producing a wide variety of organic tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers, aubergines, lettuce, pak cho, herbs and salad leaves. They're still with us in winter, with rocket, pak choi, celery, mustard greens, various herbs; coriander, sorrel, parsley, land cress, etc.