Following a very successful trial farmers’ market at the lovely Stepney City farm in East London in May we have decided to hold a market here every Saturday.
A great asset to the East London community, Stepney City Farm occupies a rich seam of history in East London. It is located on a site that was bombed by a V2 rocket during World War II and lay derelict until residents got together in 1979 to set up a community farm.
By 2009, the farm had fallen into disrepair and came close to closing down until local residents set up a new charity – Stepney City Farm – to restore and run the farm once more.
Our Farmers’ Market is a key part of this now thriving, working farm and provides an enjoyable and educational day out for the whole family. We are there each Saturday with fantastically tasty ingredients for the kitchen as well as prepared ready-to-eat foods.
Products include handmade cakes, bread, fresh pressed juices, meat, fruit & vegetables and more. There is also a lovely farm café for those in need of refreshment. Entry to the farm is free but donations are always welcome.
Arlene’s Cakes and Honey
Arlene comes from a family of bakers and cake makers – her mother was a great West Indian cake baker. In the 1960s each weekend, her resourceful mother would bake cakes for most West Indian celebrations.
Arlene is a therapist, yoga teacher, birth-worker, doula and beekeeper. She now also sells her very different cakes at farmers markets in London. Arlene started beekeeping in 1998, after inheriting a hive when she bought a house in Chingford. Depending on the season, she harvests approximately 300 pounds of honey, and as such is able to maintain the quality of the local honey that she sells. This untreated, raw, unpasteurised honey is sold locally or at markets in London.
Brockman’s Farm Produce
Brockman’s Farm produce is run by one of the oldest organic and Bio-Dynamic Farms in the UK.
Perry Court Farm at Garlinge Green near Canterbury (not be confused with similar named farms) begun in 1953 where previous generations of the family started converting it to organic methods.
The Kent based farm is now managed by Patrick Brockman, a third generation farmer who has been farming using organic methods since his very first day. Patrick says “that after 6 decades of organic management our soil is as fertile and free of agro chemicals as is possible”.
They specialise in the production and supply of Organic, Heritage and Wild varieties of vegetables, salads, fruits, herbs and additional select produce with crops grown over approximately 45 acres of Fields, Polytunnels and Glass House. They focus heavily on harvesting our leaf and salad crops within 24 hours of them arriving at market, thereby maintaining one of the shortest supply chains and the freshest produce.
They also work closely on cropping and marketing for a number of small partner farms who share the same values as us in terms of quality local organic produce supplied direct to consumers. This enables a viable outlet for the partner farms and supplies them with crops not suited to our own soils.
Their market staff also share our passion for Organic and Bio-Dynamic produce and are an incredibly knowledgeable and well informed bunch who love talking vegetables!