Just up the road from Dalston and Shoreditch you’ll find the UK’s only 100% organic farmers’ market. All our farmers are either organic or bio-dynamic. What’s more, we ask the stallholders making processed foods to source most of their ingredients from those farmers. So not only do you get delicious food but you’re also supporting small, sustainable farms all from within 60 miles of London.
- Raw milk, butter, cheeses, yogurt, cream, eggs and meat from sustainable family farms
- Wild fish and seafood caught by day boats off the Kent coast
- Hand-made breads, cakes and chocolates
- Fermented foods, kombucha, pickles and hemp products
- Lovely organic veg from Kent, Essex and Cambridgeshire, salad leaves, seasonal fruit and exotic mushrooms
- Local producers sell homemade cakes, Turkish pancakes and creole fritters to eat there or take away. Or you can enjoy a mushroom sandwich alongside a latte from the cafe.
Low carbon living: all our farmers at the market are organic or biodynamic. Organic farming can help cut greenhouse emissions: it uses less water and less energy than conventional farming, which is heavily dependent on high-energy processes and fossil fuels for fertilisers and pesticides. Organic food production is also better for wildlife, livestock, people and the environment.
Buying direct: because all the produce here has been grown, reared or produced by the people who are selling it, you can find out everything you want to know about the food and how it was grown or cooked. The money you spend goes directly to the people who actually do the work to produce the food you’re eating – the farmers and makers – rather than supermarkets and wholesalers.
Creating jobs in Hackney: as well as supporting farmers from close to London, we work with food producers from around Hackney to help them set up and develop products to sell at the market. Hatice Trugrul makes traditional Turkish gozleme from market ingredients; Global Fusion offer Creole-style vegan cakes and soda breads; Anthony Ferguson of Niko B. Organic Chocolates creates chocolates flavoured with spices and seasonal fruits,
Fair prices: while organic food is necessarily more expensive than food farmed conventionally because of the labour-intensive methods used to produce it, the farmers at the market charge a fair price for their produce and pay fair wages to the people who work for them. The market also accepts Healthy Start and Rose vouchers.
Seasonal produce: stay in touch with the seasons and discover produce you’ve never had before. There won’t be apples or tomatoes in May but, when they are in season, the farmers will bring in many different varieties. You’ll also find produce you may not have come across before, such as wild garlic, sloes, medlars, wild mushrooms and raw cow’s milk. If you don’t know how to cook something just ask!