Eat well and support our local food producers

Many of us have become more aware of the need to reduce our food miles and be more enquiring about where our food comes from. As a result, farmers’ markets are booming. South London has a range of markets to choose from. Here are a few:

West Norwood Feast 

This takes place on the first Sunday of each month from April through to December. Described as a ‘volunteer-powered street market festival’ it boasts more than 100 stalls across four separate sites, each with a different theme and offering. Fresh ‘N Green sells fresh produce; ‘Food Fair’ is for street food, hot and cold, from a wide range of cultures; Village Green is the place to sit and eat, look  for retro goods or enjoy watching the children play; and ‘Artisans Market’ has  craftspeople showcasing their handmade goods – from ceramics and clothing to art and jewellery.

Balham Farmers’ Market

Held every Saturday, 9.00 am – 1.00 pm at Henry Cavendish Primary School, Hydethorpe Road, Balham. You can pick up raw milk and cream, fresh fish and shellfish, biodynamic fruit and veg, free range poultry and beef, seasonal game, fresh juices, homemade cakes and much more.

A new venture is a Saturday evening ‘pop-up’ food market with street food stalls from 5.00 pm – 9.00 pm. 

The Weekly Horniman Market

A little further afield is the weekly market in the grounds of the Horniman Museum, Forest Hill. It is open Sundays 10.00 am – 3.00 pm with stalls offering fresh fruit, vegetables, cheese, bread, cake, meat and street food, alongside design and craft stalls – all socially distanced. 

Why not visit the museum, enjoy the gardens and pick up your shopping afterwards? Entry to the museum is free (with a charge for some attractions) but you will need to pre-book a ticket.

Wimbledon Village Farmers’ Market

Head in the other direction to Wimbledon Village Farmers’ Market. This too, is a weekly Sunday event 10.00 am – 3.00 pm in Wimbledon Village High Street. Shop for fresh fruit and veg, meat, fish, baked goods, artisan bread, juices and more.