I’m so excited. There’s a new farmers market in town and it’s a step up from the rest.
Why? Because it’s not a usual farmers market, it’s the first regular Slow Food Market in London. Housed in the beautiful courtyard of the stupendous Rosewood London Hotel, it’s visually stunning as well as a culinary delight!
What is Slow Food?
So why am I so excited about this? Well, as a regular farmers market shopper, I’ve probably been to most of the ones in London. That means I know most of the producers and vendors. This market had many vendors I didn’t know and I was delighted to come across The Bio Scheme, amongst others, who sell bio-dynamic produce.
What fascinated me the most was the fantastic unified decor, which recreates the traditional marketplace shopping experience and celebrates good, clean and fair produce from local growers and artisans. The stalls are all made out of beautiful wood and decked with what looked like a fine hessian.
Producers and vendors are keen to impart their knowledge and the market was buzzing while I was there.
I couldn’t get over the wonderful decoration throughout. McQueens flowers have planted herbs into wicker baskets and plants in vintage crates. Throughout you will also find lemon and orange trees. I really wished they were all for sale.
I came away with lots of yummy food and treated myself to a rather gorgeous terrarium. It’s simple, elegant and the Amethyst crystal is rather divine, don’t you think?
Slow Meat / Charcuterie – Gastronomica, O’Shea’s Butchers; Slow Fish – Hansen & Lydersen, Market Gourmet; Slow Dairy – Wildes Cheese, Hook & Son, Bath Soft Cheese Company; Slow Bread – Oliver’s Bakery, Nyborg’s; Slow Honey – Wild Hives, Inmidtown; Slow Fruit & Vegetables – Wild Country Organics, Chegworth Valley, The Bio-Scheme, The Tomato Stall, Rosewood London; Slow Beer / Wine / Spirits – Hiver The Honey Beer, Anspach & Hobday, Plato Brewing Supplies, Gosnells London Mead; HALF HITCH Gin; Petersham Cellar; Slow Drink – Woodford & Warner; Slow Tea – Lalani & Co; Slow Coffee – Dark Arts Coffee, Moonroast Coffee, CRU Kafe; Slow Chocolate – Dark Sugars, Seaforth Chocolate Co; Slow Fashion & Accessories – The Whale Company; Po-Zu Footwear; Slow Homeware – K.Birdy, Slow Art – Kana Ceramics; Slow Beauty / Candles – Live Native, Being Sophie, Farmers’ Welsh Lavender, Honest; Slow Books – Being Sophie; Slow Flowers – Field of London, Slow Oil – Arganic
The weekly market, open every Sunday from 10.30 a.m. – 3 p.m. is endorsed by Slow Food UK and is the only dedicated Slow Food Market in London. The market features over 30 different Slow Food merchants carefully selected for their exceptional quality.