Food From Home

With Britain hitting peak growing season, thoughts turn to the bounty that nature can provide. Food provenance is high on the agenda with an increasing number of us seeking home grown/produced rather than foods flown in from overseas. It is one of the reasons why farmers’ markets have increased in popularity.

South London is blessed with several first class farmers’ markets with Balham, Wimbledon and the Horniman all within easy reach. 

Balham Farmer’s Market, held every Saturday (9.00am – 1.00pm) at Henry Cavendish Primary School, Hydethorpe Road, SW12 0JA has everything from bakers, butchers, dairy, fruit and vegetables. Close to home producers include the surprising Battersea Biltong and seasonal honey from Busy Bees drawn from hives in Surrey and West London. 

Several stallholders at Balham Market rotate on different dates to also sell at Wimbledon Farmer’s Market. They are joined by a variety of others on Saturdays (9.00am – 1.00pm), Wimbledon Park Primary School, Havana Road, SW19 8EJ.  Sunday (10.00am-3.00pm) is the day to head to The Horniman Market, in the grounds of the Horniman Museum, There is a wide range of regular and occasional traders offering the familiar and the unusual plus a selection of gifts and other craft products.

The Streatham Food Festival will be back this year from 29 June – 2 July. It will showcase the delicious range of global foods offered by local providers. Many dishes will be offered at between £5-£10 tempting visitors to try something new. More information is available at:

And, of course, right on the doorstep, The Vale’s Garden Bistro offers the very best opportunity to enjoy wholesome and tasty meals prepared by our own chef. The balcony provides open air dining on warmer days or indoors, if you prefer.