Nice little market that's all organic - yay!
When I went there was a nice selection of seasonal vegetables, a big salad stand and a couple of non-essentials like stands with soda bread and unorthodox pestos. I couldn't do all my shopping there, but definitely enough to make it worth the trip.
It felt very local to me filled with lots of 30 and 40 somethings with little ones in tow.
It's a nice atmosphere, and a good place to spend an hour stocking up on some good veg and maybe grabbing a weekend treat.
Why not the 5 stars to answer the previous reviewer? I'd like it to be a little bigger. I would prefer to see the fruit/veg to other stuff ratio a little higher.
You'd either prance into Stoke Newington Farmers' Market as the mecca of your fresh, organic, locally grown pilgrimage, or you'd stumble on it by mistake.
It was the latter for me, and I couldn't feel luckier to have found such a gem. Since that day I've learned that all that fruit and veg and cheese and meat and yummmmmm that I was drooling over all comes from within 100 miles and is sold (and transported) by the growers themselves. How legit is that?
Oh, and it's the first farmers' market in the UK to offer only organic and biodynamic produce?
I love you.
(Oh Portland, you crunchy little city, you -- you're just borrowing ideas from everyone now aren't you?)
This is a Farmers Market in every sense of the word. There are about twenty stalls give and take, and every one is organic or healthy in some way. The punters were very savvy as to what they wanted too, so talking to them about the villainy of supermarkets was great.
With more organic fruit & veg than you can shake a stick at, vegan ice-cream, Indian food, organic fresh breads, not to mention a fantastic butcher, Stoke Newington Farmers Market is a great find.
WOW, I love this place, found it by accident but keep returning.
Incredibly difficult to find anything like this in London,
incomparable, how can anyone not give it 5 STARS ?????
Brilliant, I finally found home in London (Dorset)
Proper Real Stuff
Bought a lovely piece of Buffalo (for a good price) and made a delicious slow pot roast.
Need to get into the habit of shopping here every Saturday.
It always feels a bit more special to do your shopping at the farmers market. No doubt you'll end up spending twice as much as you intended but the food and stories you end up taking away always make up for it. i say stories because there is nothing I love more than chatting away to someone at a farmers market about a product they are really proud of. The stall holders at Stoke Newington's Saturday market are no exception to this and with every visit i make here I am entertained by the enthusiasm they show.
The market has all the stall you would expect selling fish, meat, baked goods and vegetables. However, particular mention has to be paid to the mushroom man. This inspired nickname that I've given him stems from the fact that every week he can be found in the corner of the market frying a fantastic selection of mushrooms and serving them on toast. This man could talk about mushrooms all day and he will happily offer suggestions of other ways that they can be cooked whilst subtly reinforcing the idea that his way is the best. He might well be right though- this is one of the tastiest market snacks I've ever had especially once the mushrooms are scattered with pecorino.
Stoke Newington market really is an asset to the local community and I would recommend a visit to anyone.
The farmer's market in Stoke Newingon is great to come get some fresh groceries on a Saturday morning. There is a kiosk selling coffee, and some brunch. The delicacies on sale here are a great way to kickstart the weekend with a lovely brunch.
There are heaps of fresh breads, cakes - organic and not too sweet, salad leaves, vegetables, cheeses and cold preserves. Its all organic too, so it is a little pricey but cheaper and fresher than most organic shops. The fresh bread here is just fantastic, if you're anywhere near the area, its certainly worth checking out!
This is very handy for me and I usually drop in on a Saturday (please note: the timings listed above are incorrect it is only open on Saturdays until 2pm).
I just wish there were more stalls and it was more competitively priced. I'm a fan of food markets and I've noticed that some stalls sell the same food produce here at higher prices than they do at other markets (eg Spitalfields market)! I'm so disgusted at this sharp practice that I now boycott those stalls on principle.
Otherwise, the cake stall has some very nice cup cakes and iced cakes I recommend the lemon drizzle cake and coffee cake (packs a powerful caffeine punch). But I'm currently trying to give them a wide berth for the sake of my waistline!
One thing I can't resist though are the Caribbean fishcakes, which are cooked in front of you. These have become a staple treat on Saturdays for me and go well with the chilli sauce provided.
I spend a lot of time visiting Stokey these days, and what a lovely surprise it was to notice a new addition to the buzzing hubbub of Church Street (namely the farmer's market). It's in its embryonic stages so it's much smaller than say, the Broadway, but as a lover for farmers markets of all shapes and sizes it's a great start.
Placed in the playground of the William Patten school, it takes place on a Saturday morning from 10am till 2pm. Don't try and sneak in early and steal a march on the best produce at 9:50am (as I attempted to) as they have vigilant door guards that root out that kind of behaviour.
Unlike many of the other markets, the unique selling proposition of this joint is that it's ALL organic, which is quite unusual, as most farmers' markets sell themselves on providing locally grown produce, with a bit of organic stuff. It must have come as an unwelcome surprise to the whole foods market opposite, but where would the world be without a bit of healthy competition?
As for locally grown, you can't get more local than stalls whose produce all comes from within 100 miles of Hackney. Unless of course you can be bothered to maintain an allotment. I can't, you see; so this place works for me.
Love the idea, but I just can't get into this place. Been a few times and left purchasless and frustrated every time. Everything seems overpriced and way over trendified. I line up for something like a burger or a coffe and a few times I just stand there while the coffe man just counts money in front of me. Seriously this has happened two or three times.
Anyway I like the ethos and everything, but just feel a bit let down by the reality. I think they think people don't mind waiting because they are all hippies and so cool, and chilled and so happy just to be seen in such a hip place.
Nah - aint for me.
Always busy (during term time at least) and with stalls frequently completely pillaged by the end of trading this farmers' market is definitely popular. The crowd are a mix of many of the denizens of sunny Stokey with plenty of students and deep greenies along side the converse all-star clad yummy mummies and daddies (who are drawn to the place by the fact that it is in a school playground and so has a climbing frame to occupy Xander and Titania while they shop and talk house prices with friends). The atmosphere is one of the friendliest I have encountered at a market with lots of people clearly using it as a place to bump into people and stop and chat.
The stalls supply some of the finest fresh produce you'll find for sale anywhere in London and at prices which, while high compared to popping down Ridley Road, are good compared to buying similar quality organic stuff in shops. There's between 3 and 6 fresh produce stalls depending on the season (including pick'n'mix salad from Wild Country), 2 meat suppliers (Stock's Farm have the choice and quality is excellent but for my money the much smaller Muck & Magic rare breed stuff is well worth a look), plus several other stalls doing cakes, fresh pasta and various takeaway food options and a decent cup of coffee if the sluggish queue isn't too big.
Still, to my knowledge, the only completely organic farmer's market anywhere, run by the always-pioneering Growing Communities organisation who also run a not-for-profit organic box scheme that includes produce grown by them in Hackney.
Uber hip farmers market... Stalls range from vegetables through to rare breed pork. Not the cheapest but it's a great alternative to the nearby Wholefood store. Finally there is a great playground, ideal for keeping young children occupied while shopping.
It's my go-to market every Saturday morning. Small, but amazing. Haven't had such tasty fruit and vegetables before, since I moved to the UK. Great selection of other products, too. A bit expensive (as compared to shopping in a supermarket, that is), but you pay for quality (and sustainability).
The first farmers' market in the UK to sell organic, biodynamic and wild food only. The growers travel to the market to sell their own produce ensuring knowledgeable sellers and good advice on how to prepare the food bought. There is a good range of food in a fairly small market with both ready made food, fair-trade coffee, lots of seasonal veg, fish and meats. A relaxed atmosphere though the queues can get quite long.
The Stoke Newington Farmers Market is magic, and although sometimes the queues seem to last forever and the yummy mummies do grate somewhat if you haven't got a little Jemima of your own i'm still going to give it a five-star rating because it's a) completely righteous, and b) sells an absolutely brilliant selection of ONLY organic and biodynamic foodstuffs from meats and fish to mushrooms , cheeses, funny-shaped pumpkinsall of the food is seasonal and from not too far away too, so it's a market that refuses to pollute (unlike, say for instance - fresh and wild across the road, busy importing out of season apples from new zealand). There's a great stall that sells nothing but interesting salad leaves and fresh herbs, and several that do food that you can eat here and now - bacon and egg butties, fair trade coffee, and freshly prepared fried cep baguettes. Yum.
I discovered this market one Saturday randomly on the way to work. A local community project the market sells local organic produce made and sold by local organic Farmers. A wonderful idea that only could be found in the heart of Stokey! The food is superb especially the meat and veg perfect for making a Sunday Roast. ALthough a little on the expensive side, it is expected after all the cost of maintaining such a project and its standards is not cheap. If you feel like doing a positive thing for your local community or splashing out for a special occasion then i definately recommend here!
Every Saturday my local Primary School (William Patten - seems like an amazing school by the way) playground is transformed into an amazing farmers market, the likes of which i haven't seen since i was small and used to travel with my grandad to get organic cider! All the produce at the market is organic, bio dynamic and is sold by the producers themselves who all come from within 100 miles of Hackney. There is a wide range of produce and hot food on sale including delicious Turkish pancakes and bacon rolls (perfect for hangovers) as well as organic Fair Trade coffee. The brainchild of Growing Communities, a social enterprise run by local people in Hackney concerned with sustainable living, this market is a great place to wander round on Saturday's (it's open from 10am - 2.30pm so you don't have to rise early to miss out on the good stuff!) check out their website for full stock lists. I picked up some absolutely delicious strawberries here back in the summer, that reminded me how tasteless supermarket fruit and veg can be. Great for your conscience and to support local business.
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