The Growing Communities Farmers' Market is committed to working with small-scale organic and bio-dynamic farmers from the areas closest to London. Most of our producers come from within 60 miles of Hackney, a couple of harder to find producers come from within 127 miles of Hackney.
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Tel: 07890 981529
Say it with Herbs
Sheila Poole set up her organic herb business a few years ago on a neighbour's organic farm near St Albans. She grows a wide variety of herbs as well as organic tomato plants and other vegetable plants in season which are perfect for growing on in pots or planting out in a garden or window box. You can phone Sheila if you would like to place an order in advance.
Morants Cottage, Colchester Rd
Tel: 01206 231660
The Mushroom Table
Brothers Matthew and William Rooney grow organic oyster and other exotic mushrooms at their small farm in Great Bromley, Essex. Matthew also brings wild mushrooms to the market in season as well as making delicious mushroom sandwiches while you wait.
Tel: 01225 331601
Bath Soft Cheese
Hugh Padfield's family have been raising cattle and making cheese at the 300-acre Park Farm in Somerset for three generations. The Bath Soft Cheese Company now makes a range of organic, pastuerised cheeses that have won awards up and down the country. They sell their Bath Soft, Bath Blue and Wyfe of Bath, a hard cheese, at the market.
Tel: 0208 252 4066
Global Fusion is a small family business run by Colga Parker. She makes a wide range of traditional creole soda breads flavoured with fruit and spices and vegan fritters with her famous hot sauce. All her products are vegan and she uses organic flour and biodynamic wholemeal flour sourced from Perrycourt Farm. Colga will also bake birthday and celebration cakes to order. Check their website for details.
Tel: 01223 894599
Wild Country Organics
Adrian Izzard grows a wide range of organic salad leaves (which won the award for best fresh food at the Soil Association Organic Awards in 2014) and Asian greens such as pak choi, tatsoi, mustard leaves and coriander in his unheated glasshouses at Great Abingdon, Cambridgeshire. He has recently taken on another 30 acres of land to grow field crops, so he will be contributing more root veg, such as parsnips and beetroot, to the box scheme and market. He grows a gorgeous range of tomatoes, courgettes, cucumbers and aubergines (including a stripy variety that won him a Soil Association Organic Food Award in 2012) all of which he brings to the farmers' market in season.
Hailsham, East Sussex
Tel: 01323 449494
Hook and Son
Phil Hook and his son Steve have a small organic dairy farm in East Sussex near Hailsham. They produce raw milk from their 75 Friesians and make cream and butter too. They also sell rose veal. The farm has been in their family for 250 years and their organic farm teems with a wide variety of flora and fauna. "We consider the cows' welfare and health are paramount," says Phil. "Cows in a conventional herd produce nearly 50% more milk than those farmed organically. This means our cows are not under so much pressure and stress as those in a conventional herd and are less prone to mastitis and lameness. Indeed, our cows on average live to be eight or nine years old, compared to the national average of six years old."
Tel: 01488 674717
Syd Aston's range of organic bread includes sourdoughs, walnut levain, spelt sourdoughs, sourdough rye, multi-grain cobs, magnificent pagnotta, cholla, traditonal soda breads, croissants and crodos. He recently moved from his base in Neasden to Sheepdrove Farm in Berkshire, where he mills some of his own flour.
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Hatice Trugrul, who lives locally, makes her traditional Turkish borek or gozleme (a type of folded pancake) using organic ingredients such as spinach and mushrooms sourced from the organic farmers at the market.
January 2017 update: Hatice is still recovering from an injury last summer, but is hoping to be back at the market soon.
Tuddenham St Mary
Tel: 01638 717120
Matthew and Louise Unwin of Longwood Farm in Suffolk are our main meat producer at the market. They rear organic chickens, geese, turkeys, beef cattle, pigs and sheep on their 180 acre farm at Tuddenham St Mary in Suffolk. They have Welsh sheep and Belted Galloway cattle that are very hardy and do well on the sparse heathland grazing where they spend most of the year. Matthew hangs his beef for three weeks to develop the full flavour and he makes his own sausages and bacon. Matthew has been farming organically since 1989 and we're really pleased to support a small family farm that's farming livestock in a sustainable way. If you would like to order a particular cut/joint of meat you can email or ring the farm.
Tel: 01227 732208
Martin Mackey is a small tenant farmer from the Stour Valley in Kent. He farms 35 acres where he grows over 15 different organic potato varieties as well brassicas, salad leaves, carrots, beetroot and leeks. He has recently taken on more land which includes an old walled garden where he has started to grow fruit including strawberries and apples. His particular passion is potatoes! His favourite potato? Arran Victory.
13 Stean Street
Tel: 020 7254 9103
Better Health Bakery
The Better Health Bakery is a charitable artisan bakery based in Haggerston. As a social enterprise it brings the community together by promoting locally produced food and providing trainee placements to adults recovering from mental ill health. They sell delicious sourdough, rye sourdough and wheat baguettes - and are developing new products all the time.
Tel: 01227 732001
A G Brockman
Patrick Brockman grows biodynamic vegetables on his farm near Canterbury. The farm was started by his father and has been growing biodynamically since the 1950s. Patrick produces a wide range of veg including salad leaves, brassicas, herbs, potatoes, beetroot and carrots. He also produces aubergines, peppers and chillies in his polytunnel in the summer. Patrick has recently started to produce some delicious chutneys and ketchups made from produce grown on the farm and is starting to expand into wholesaling too.
Niko B Organic Chocolates
Master chocolatier Anthony Ferguson and his wife, Susan, have been satisfying chocoholics on both sides of the Atlantic for nearly a decade with memorably addictive creations. Chocolates from Niko B (named after their son) are 100% organic and handmade in Hackney. Using only Soil association certified chocolate, fruits, nuts, herbs, spices and flowers, as well as organic British cream and butter, the adventurous range includes exotic truffles, caramelised nuts, oozing nougats, salted caramel brownies and decadent ganache-filled, liquor-soaked figs.
Suminder and Shadi set up Mr Prempy's after starting a quest to eat healthily without giving up dessert. They sell raw vegan cakes that are gluten free, dairy free, refined sugar free, wheat free and soya free, using ingredients like coconut oil, lime zest, cashews and raw cacao. And they're certified organic too.
Patka & Martin founded PaMa in 2011 while discovering the RAW food scene in California. Now based in Hackney they make a delicious range of fermented products including sauerkrauts, sweet and sour pickles and their own sauerkraut crackers. Patka and Martin source organic veg for their pickles from Ripple Farm, Kent - who also come to the market. PAMA are with us every other week.
Mrs Pepys Pies
Mrs Pepys’ Pies (aka Hackney resident Kathryn Packer) makes delicious pies (and sausage rolls) using organic meat from Longwood Farm (also at the market) as well as veggie pies with market vegetables.
Kathryn aims “to create wholesome and comforting food". Everything is homemade in her own kitchen and transported the short distance to the market by bicycle. Her pie venture is named after Mrs Elizabeth Pepys, the wife of noted London diarist Samuel Pepys – and reflects Kathryn’s love of London as a bustling, metropolitan city, where food is a source of excitement as well as sustenance. Mrs Pepys Pies are very popular and customers also love Kathryn’s homemade organic beef dripping which she sources from Longwood Farm, renders and sells on her stall. Mrs Pepys Pies are happy to make pies to order or for special occasions - several happy customers recently received a customised Valentine's Day pie.
Update January 2017: Mrs Pepys is taking a short break from the market to work on her pie charts (sorry) and explore new ways to bring pie to the people. She'll be back at the market after Easter (22 April).
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Caroline has been packing and delivering fruit and veg for our bag scheme for a while - and makes the GC team delicious lunches on packing day. At the market, she and her children sell hot soup, seasonal cakes and fresh waffles made with organic eggs and local produce from the farmers at the market.
Hall Farm, Tillingham
Essex CMO 7ST
Tel: 01621 778844
Sarah Green's Organics is situated in Tillingham, on the Dengie Peninsula in Essex, 50 miles east of London. She grows a wide selection of seasonal organic vegetables onher 30-acre farm and harvests the vegetables fresh from the field specifically to order. As well as coming to the farmers' market every other week, Sarah is a regular supplier to the box scheme and also supplies several of the community groups on the Start-up Programme with veg for their box schemes. Sarah is particularly proud of her purple-sprouting broccoli, broad beans and caulis, including romanescu and purple varieties.
G.O.D Cakes Gluten free cakes
We’ve had lots of requests at the market for gluten-free cakes so we were really pleased when we found Eva Mavron – who started making gluten-free cakes at home when she was diagnosed with coeliac disease a few years ago. She has now set up G.O.D Cakes (GlutenOutDone) - baking home-made cakes using only the finest, highest quality ingredients and definitely no gluten! Eva is at the market twice a month. In addition to all of Eva’s cakes being gluten and wheat free, Eva bakes cakes to suit other dietary requirements. You can contact her via the website on the right.
Copperas Wood Farm
Wrabness Road, Ramsey
Tel: 01255 880731
Stour Valley Organic Lavender Company
Mark and Adrienne de Roy grow organic lavender in the Stour Valley on the borders of Essex and Suffolk. They distill their own essential oils from English and French lavender which is the base for all their products. They sells soaps, handcreams and the lavender oil itself as well as more unusual products such as lavender honey and lavender shortbread.
Alison Bond grows organic soft fruit as well as cherries, redcurrants, and greenhouse crops on her smallholding in Manningtree, (just up the road from Marina O'Connell).
The Apricot Centre
83 Manningtree Road, Manningtree
Tel: 01206 230425
Marina O'Connell grows organic plums, greengages, apples and soft fruit on her 4-acre small-holding in Manningtree, Essex - which she brings to the farmers' market in season and supplies to the box scheme. At the market, Marina also sells delicious jams, cordials and compotes made from her fruit, alongside flowers from her garden. Out of season, Marina runs courses at the Apricot Centre on permaculture, sustainable horticulture and creativity as well as lots of other activities. See her website for more details.
Tel: Antony 07968 805299
Pear Necessities sells organic pears at the market from September through to Christmas from their small organic pear orchard near Goudhourst in Kent. The 10 acre orchard grows four varieties of pear: Conference, Comice, Packham and Concorde. Pear Necessities is a partnership established in 2008 to convert an existing conventionally farmed orchard to organic methods. Pear Necessities aim to grow fruit using carbon-conserving methods of feeding and disease control. The farm received full organic status in August 2010 and is now planting a new fruit and nut orchard in a 7 acre pasture beside the existing pear orchard. In years to come they will be harvesting (and selling!) apples, plums, cherries, figs, apricots and more.
Hempen is a UK workers' cooperative based near Oxford, which organically farms, processes and sells hemp products, including seeds, oil, butter, pesto and CBD oil. We think it's the UK's only organic hemp farm. As a not-for-profit, all the money they make goes back into the cooperative, to further their hemp vision, pay fair wages and support other ethical projects. Future plans include growing the taller fibre-producing varieties of hemp, so they can start to make paper, clothes and construction materials.
John Dowsey and his partner Ros run Sunshine Smoothies from their small fruit farm near Whitstable in Kent. They grow fruit trees and process the fruit using solar power, turning their organic, home-grown fruit into delicious semi-frozen smoothies. John and Ros are planning to grow more fruit and we want to support them; at the moment Sunshine Smoothies and their vintage caravan trailer make an appearance at the market once a month in the summer. We look forward to seeing them and their amazing smoothies more often over the next few years!
Oisin Hanrahan and Tim Cowen sell their Hackney honey and honey products on a seasonal basis at our market. Oisin and Tim are happy to share their expertise on urban bee-keeping - alongside selling the delicious final product. The amount of honey they have will vary but they do sometimes have fresh comb honey as well as jars of Hackney honey. They are usually at the market in the autumn and pre-Christmas period when Tim also sells his beautiful hand turned bowls and small pots made from fallen local trees.
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Eric Beaumonth is a Hackney based bee-keeper who sells honey and beeswax from hives located in Hackney and Tottenham Marshes at our market on a seasonal basis. He is usually at the market in late autumn and in the weeks leading up to Christmas.
Barnes and Webb
Urban bee-keepers Chris Barnes and Paul Webb run a bee-rental company as well as teaching people about bee-keeping via their volunteer programme. They have some hives in N16 - the same postcode as the market - so we're happy to have them selling their honey direct with us - and spreading their fascination with bees - as well as the honey of course!