e often wondered why there wasn’t more of a farmer’s market vibe to at least one bit of the sprawling and multi-faced Camden Market. Especially as, in the last couple of years it’s become so much more foodie.
Well, the good news is now there is. From this Saturday morning, if the legendary Parliament Hill market is too far in the opposite direction you could do worse than try the new Camden Farmers’ Market (see what they did there?), a new weekly one-stop shop for all manner of artisanal goodies.
Better still, it takes place in the North Yard, the less manic, more spacious section just north of the Amy statue (where the awesome Rudy’s Dirty Vegan Diner and Magic Falafel is). Here you’ll be able to peruse stalls selling a variety of treats, sample freebies along the way and stock up on produce ranging from fruit and veg to bread, cheese and brownies.
Over a dozen vendors will be trading initially, including Gastronomica, with authentic Italian fare, and Galeta with pasteis de nata and crodoughs, the super indulgent doughnut-croissant hybrid. Yikes. There’ll also be oysters from seventh generation cultivator Richard Haward, plus olives, baklava and turkish delight from La Aceituna.
After something a bit different? Check out Vadasz Deli: inspired by his Hungarian Jewish heritage, owner Nick produces traditionally cured sauerkraut, relishes and kimchi. Specialising in lactic acid fermentation, he uses English cabbage, natural salt and spices and recipes from his granny.
Oh, and you can support some good causes too: Breadwinners is a grass roots charity providing training and jobs for refugees (pick up a sourdough boule or a crusty baguette). Or visit animal-free choccie company Well-Bean, an enterprise whose profits assist mental welfare programmes. Handcrafting from bean to bar to brain is their motto; one of their creations is the snyckers, a mixture of soft nougat, salted date caramel, roasted peanuts, all smothered in plant-based Madagascan mylk chocolate. Wowsers.
Grab a drink from Good Mood Matcha and wander through North Yard: it’s unlikely you’ll leave empty-handed.