Oval Farmers Market, St Mark’s Church, Kennington, SE11 4PW Every Saturday 10.00am until 3pm,
In a perverse sort of way, I could argue that the arrival of Tesco in Kennington has been very good for The Oval Farmers’ Market. Make a beeline for this vibrant, exciting Saturday market, and go early, because there is currently nowhere else in this fascinating part of London to rival the market for such a surprising and delicious celebration of local produce, scrumptious cakes and rather glorious, Beatonesque hats that would tempt even the most discerning fashion maven.
Biodynamic vegetables (that’s turbo-charged organic), fish straight off the fishing boats in Kent, amazing cakes, exquisite vegan and vegetarian food, proper bacon and beautiful, craft-inspired hats, bags, belts and scarves from Mamacha – a Fairtrade project in Peru, www.mamacha.co.uk – are just some of the highlights waiting to be appreciated.
The market is situated in the grounds of St Mark’s Church and has proved such a hit with locals in an area that has sadly become a culinary desert, having lost most, if not all its independent food shops since the arrival of you know who!
Yes, you most certainly can. I do have one request. Can we please have a very good organic meat stall please?
Look out for the biodynamic vegetable, herb and fruit stall – the quality of the produce on offer from Perry Court Biodynamic Farm is just extraordinary, and the display deserves to win a beauty contest for the most luscious looking vegetables, strawberries, cherries, salad leaves and herbs. www.agbrockman.co.uk
Have you ever tasted an organic pain au chocolat or brioche? Or a fat, handsome Californian sourdough – well you really should! This wonderful organic bakery, the oldest in London, is a magnet for bread connoisseurs and celebrates the fine art of artisan bread making. – The only dilemma? -Whether to go for a Brixton rye, pain levain or a delicious, malty fruit loaf? And maybe you need a spinach quiche for an al fresco lunch on the grass? www.oldpostofficebakery.co.uk
Somehow, Lara Morley’s eye catching, decadently pretty cakes just seem to taste better than the competition, and leave you longing for another slice. Try the tangy lemon and almond cake – a taste of Mediterranean sunshine – or the moist, luscious carrot cake with mascarpone icing, it’s less sickly than conventional icing. Naturally, there’s the most sinful fruitcake ever, shot through with a layer of marzipan. Cake heaven. www.cakeholelondon.com
Colourful, exquisite, surprising – those are just some of the adjectives that spring to mind to describe the spicy, healthful delights on offer from this exciting newcomer to the market. The rainbow treats laden with vegetables and delicate herbs and spices are a revelation, and will appeal to meat-eaters, just as much as vegetarians and vegans. The falafels are the best I have ever tasted, and I love the pretty bright pink nut and veggie balls. Everything is made using organic ingredients too. www.thehonestcarrot.com
Delicious organic soft cheeses direct from the organic farmer, including Wyfe of Bath , a cheese reminiscent of Gouda, only much nicer, and the perfect ingredient for a light as air omelette or toastie. Also Bath Blue, excellent in salads, and tangy yet mild Bath Brie. www.parkfarm.co.uk
Wonderful single variety apple juices pressed from varieties such as: Jonagold, Discovery, Bramley and Cox. Also seasonal berries including: blueberries, strawberries and raspberries. www.corejuice.co.uk
Free range pork , sausages and very good dry cure bacon from Meopham in Kent.
For more information about The Oval Farmers Market and other markets visit – www.weareccfm.com
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