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The market is the perfect place for open-air, ethical shopping. Not only do you get delicious food but you're also supporting small, sustainable farms almost all from within 60 miles of London. There's plenty of space to enjoy a chat with friends over a coffee and cake, gözleme or a freshly made mushroom sandwich. We look forward to seeing you soon.
You can easily get there by bus from Dalston, Shoreditch, Stamford Hill, Tottenham, Clapton and Stoke Newington. Rectory Road station is close by.
"One of the best farmers' markets in London" - Time Out
Veg and fruit: Ripple Farm Organics; Wild Country Organics; the Mushroom Table; Petersons Farm - seasonal veg plus lots of vegetable, fruit and herb plants; Alison Bond; Peach & Pippin - fruit, flowers, compotes; Metske from Bore Farm
Bread: Astons Bakehouse
Meat: Hook & Son; Galileo Farm
Dairy: Bath Soft Cheese; Hook & Son
Prepared foods/products: Niko B Chocolates - try his delicious small-batch ice-creams and sorbets; Re:organics - kraut, kimchi, kefir, kombucha; Global Fusion - vegan cakes and fritters; Honey Hydrant; Breakfast Collective - muesli, granola
Café: run by Growing Communities - hot and cold drinks
(Honey Hydrant and Breakfast Collective usually come to the market every other first and third Saturday of the month. Yorwarth's are taking a break from the market, but will be back in September.)
What brings customers back to the market week after week? Film made by Ben at Cultiv8 Productions.
All your farmers at the market are organic or biodynamic. Organic farming can help cut greenhouse gas emissions: it uses less water and less energy than conventional farming, which is heavily dependent on high-energy processes and fossil fuels for fertilisers and pesticides. Organic food production is also better for wildlife, biodiversity, livestock, people and the environment.
Most fruit and veg at the market is sold unpackaged as are many other products (which also means you can choose to buy as much as you want). Some produce is still sold in plastic to prevent food waste, which overall has a far bigger carbon impact than packaging.
Bring your own bags, bottles, jamjars, tupperware, tiffin tins, baskets, bindles or other containers and fill them up with:
If you order from Fabienne at Galileo in advance, she will also bring meat unpackaged for you to take home in your own packaging.
Because all the produce here has been grown, reared or produced by the people who are selling it, you can find out everything you want to know about the food and how it was grown or cooked. The money you spend goes directly to the people who actually do the work to produce the food you're eating - the farmers and makers - rather than supermarkets and wholesalers.
As well as supporting farmers from close to London, we work with food producers from around Hackney to help them set up and develop products to sell at the market. Hatice Trugrul makes traditional Turkish gözleme from market ingredients; Global Fusion offer Creole-style vegan cakes and soda breads; Anthony Ferguson of Niko B. Organic Chocolates creates chocolates flavoured with spices and seasonal fruits,
While organic food is necessarily more expensive than food farmed conventionally because of the labour-intensive methods used to produce it, the farmers at the market charge a fair price for their produce and pay fair wages to the people who work for them. The market also accepts Healthy Start vouchers. Fair trade is as important at home as it is for imports.
Stay in touch with the seasons and discover produce you've never eaten before. There won’t be apples or tomatoes in May but, when they are in season, the farmers will bring in many different varieties. You’ll also find produce you may not have come across before, such as wild garlic, sloes, medlars, wild mushrooms and raw cow's milk. If you don’t know how to cook something just ask!