October 17th, 2010
On Sundays I go to the Islington Farmers’ Market – I saw an article in Time Out, over ten years ago and can’t seem to stop myself going. At Christmas, when the market shuts for a single week, I resent having to buy vegetables in the supermarket because they are so tasteless.
I quickly realised that one farm overall, sold vegetables that are, in most cases, cheaper than the supermarkets and with an added bonus, the farmer actually comes to sell his own produce – Perry Court Farm. A lot of stalls at a farmers’ market are run by people who are local and don’t actually work on the farm (as far as I can tell). Martin Fermor comes to Islington almost every Sunday (from Ashford in Kent) and the other farmers’ markets that Perry Court Farm attends, normally have members of Martin’s immediate family on the stall.
In addition to the normal seasonal vegetables, Martin has a huge orchard of apples and pears – currently cobnuts and wet walnuts are in season, along with apples, pears, strawberries and plums.
The Islington Farmers’ Market is located at the far end of Chapel Market, every Sunday, from 10 am – 2 pm.