You may be surprised when you find out just how many farmers’ markets you can find throughout London.
Going to my local farmer’s market on Sundays is my favourite part of my week, every week. I’m passionate about sustainable food systems and food policy, and purchasing local fruit and veggies makes me feel like I’m doing my part to help local farmers and reduce food waste.
About halfway through my time at LSE I came across a fantastic website that helped me find my local farmers market. It’s called lfm.org.uk. (LFM = London Farmers’ Markets)
On this website you can type in your postcode to find a market near you (or near LSE). It tells you the opening times of each market and how to get there. They’re sprinkled throughout London so there’s a good chance there is one near you.
The closest market to me is Islington Farmers’ Market and I go at 10am every Sunday morning. Almost all of the stalls take contactless payment and do their best to reduce single use plastics when giving you your goodies. They’ve also worked hard to turn the markets to socially-distanced, safe environments.
My top tip is to get their early – as close to opening time as possible! Many of the stalls bring an amount they know will sell, so if you get there too late, there won’t be much left.
Buying local produce is good for you, the local farmers, and the environment. Next time you want to try something new, check out where your nearest farmer’s market is and bring a friend!