December 18th, 2011
I’ve been to Islington Farmers’ Market this morning for some Christmas provisions. I was expecting a very busy day, but it was no more crowded than an ordinary week – I suppose a lot of people were doing Christmas present shopping.
Aside from the normal weekly stalls, selling things like delicious French Tarts,
there were the obvious turkeys
and Christmas fish!
There was a man selling mushroom spore impregnated logs (you can find them easily online) – which sounds interesting as long as the mushrooms grow. He also had some seasonal mistletoe, which in pre Christian times, was considered symbolic of divine male essence and fertility!
I was particularly interested in the South Downs Venison and Game stall, selling wild venison kidneys with suet. I inquired if they’d be selling these after Christmas and got a favourable response – I’ll have to buy some!
I bought my usual vegetables from Martin of Perry Court Farm. They have a spectacular range of apples and, amazingly, still a few tomatoes because of the mild autumn and winter.
The hot chocolate and roasted chestnut stall isn’t really part of the Farmers’ Market, but the look of it did make me feel quite Christmasy.
Islington Farmers’ Market is in: Chapel Market, Islington, N1 9PZ, on Sundays from 10.00 – 14.00.
This week some of the farmers will be back on Friday 23rd December for last minute Christmas food shopping from 09.00 – 12.00. I’m grateful that Perry Court will be one of those farms attending.