Local Communities: Stoke Newington Farmer's Market
Written by: Sophie Taylor
If you’ve ever found yourself wandering around the Stoke Newington food market in the midst of a Saturday morning hangover and left with a bag of mushrooms and steak joints, you’ve helped to support small, sustainable farmers in the process.
Whether you’re a veggie, a vegan or a downright carnivore, the Growing Communities Food Market on Stoke Newington High Street will sate your alcohol-ridden belly. And your saintly love of organic, biodynamic local produce.
We spoke to a selection of the stall holders selling some of the best belly-busting foods at the market…
Global Fusion Creole Bakery
We spoke to Paul from Global Fusion Creole Bakery who bake vegan cakes, brownies and bread pudding that will rival your grandma’s. Sorry Nan. Extra nutritious and delicious.
It’s a small family business, run by Colga Parker for over 32 years, who source their organic flour from Perrycourt Farm. Their baked goods can be found in many a swanky food market and have become highly sought after. Let it be known, the vegan fritters Paul was frying smelt incredible. It was a crying shame we didn’t get round to trying one (I blame that booze ridden belly of mine).
Added bonus: Paul’s mega smile that will cheer you right up.
Mrs Pepys’ Pie-ary
Mrs Pepy of Mrs Pepys Pie-ary (Kathryn) uses only locally sourced meat from a nearby farm – she nods her head to Longwood Farm’s stall sitting to her left. Pretty local. These pies are lovingly made by Kathryn in her home in Hackney, then cycled to the stall, ready for your hungry mouths, of a weekend.
If beef isn’t your bag you can also get veggie pies from Mrs Pepys made with vegetables found at the Growing Communities market. She even does made-to-order special occasion pies: Valentines Day pies are popular apparently.
I’m not surprised. I’d marry someone for a jar of that homemade organic beef dripping alone.
The Green Bean Cafe
Ally uses seasonal, local vegetables (all organic of course) to make fresh and colourful salads to get your tastebuds round at The Green Bean Café stall. Her raw, fermented red cabbage sauerkraut looks like a Prince album cover and tastes just as sexy.
We find out she forages like a truffle pig in the woods for her own wild garlic to use in her nut-free organic pesto.
Such a winner. Big likes all round.
Most of the stalls are weekly or fortnightly, but others like the pear and smoothie stalls are seasonal.
It’s fresh produce all the way. Maria O’ Connell sells her homegrown plums, apples and soft fruit seasonally, grown on her four-acre small holding in Essex. Look out for her jams and cordials made from her garden fruits and even flowers at the Apricot Centre stall.
Sometimes, CBA cooking. Grab a pre-made lunch like a grilled oyster mushroom sandwich from The Mushroom Table or a full English breakfast from Jed’s organic stall knowing you’re helping the farming community as well as that relentless headache.
The Growing Communities farmer’s market runs every Saturday, 10am to 2.30pm – St Paul’s Church, Stoke Newington High Street, N16
If you think you’ve got the goods and want to flaunt them, you can get in touch with Growing Communities and see if your produce fits the bill.
Photos: Sophie Taylor
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