Today, I thought I’ll introduce you to another of my favourite farmers’ market. Stoke Newington Organic Farmers’ Market has become a key part of the neighbourhood’s weekly shopping routine. Although I live in Islington I love going there on a Saturday morning and stocking up on some of the best food grown.
All stalls come from small-scale organic or bio-dynamic producers – most of them within a 60-mile radius – and there’s an excellent variety.
Another of my staple daily diet is the most AMAZING sauerkraut from PAMA. My favourite is the one with Turmeric. Patka & Martin founded PAMA in 2011 while discovering the RAW food scene in California. Now based in Hackney they make a delicious range of fermented products including sauerkrauts, sweet and sour pickles and their own sauerkraut crackers. Patka and Martin source organic vegetables for their pickles from Ripple Farm, Kent – who also come to the market.
PAMA’s Jalapeno carrots.
Hook and Son (father and son) have a small organic dairy farm in East Sussex near Hailsham. They produce raw milk from their 75 Friesians and make cream and butter too. They also sell rose veal. Their organic farm has been in their family for 250 years.
My staples from them are their raw butter and ghee.
Brothers Matthew and William Rooney grow organic oyster and other exotic mushrooms at their small farm in Great Bromley, Essex. The Mushroom Table are pioneers of the biodynamic cultivation of local mushrooms. Biodynamic mushrooms have culinary and medicinal uses and it’s worth reading up on it and their website is a great start.
Matthew also serves up the most delicious oyster mushroom sandwich. I opt to have it in a cup without the bread. Truly scrumptious!!
I’ve been shopping in farmers’ markets for many years. Often I’ve struggled with the vegetables stalls. This market, in my opinion, has the best vegetable offerings in the whole of London.
My go to’s are A G Brockman and Ripple Farm.
Ripple Farm grow over 15 different organic potato varieties. I do tend to prefer sweet potatoes but if I do eat normal potatoes I ABSOLUTELY favour Pink Fir Apple potatoes, here below.
Pink Fir Apple’ is a main crop potato variety with a pink skin and cream, waxy flesh. It has a long, knobbly shape. Originally, it was imported to the UK from France in 1850. I tend to boil them and serve up with spring onion, generous amount of extra virgin olive oil, amalfi lemon and malden salt. I promise you, you’ll be in heaven!
Look at this wonderful squash! Here’s a great sqaush indentification chart.
There’s breads galore. Aston’s organic bakery has got a fantastic choice, offering sourdoughs,walnut levain, spelt sourdoughs, sourdough rye, multi-grain cobs, cholla, as well as traditonal soda breads and croissants.
OK, I might not have a sweet tooth and make my own raw chocolate but at the market you’ll find great chocolates, cakes, Turkish börek, stuffed with piping hot spinach and butter, creole fritters and many other stalls to wet your appetite.
What is there not to love here? And best of all, when you shop at the market, not only do you get delicious food but you are also helping to support small, sustainable farms and farmers around London. Win, win!
Stoke Newington Organic Farmers’ Market
St Pauls Church,
Stoke Newington High St,
London N16 7UY