For International Women's Day we're raising the profile of some of the amazing women farmers we have selling with us.
Debbie Vernon, Ellie's Dairy.
Debbie produces unpasteurised goats milk on her farm on the North Kent Downs. She looks after her herd of free range goats with a passion that's hard to beat. As well as making a whole range of delicious hard and soft goats cheese, she also makes time to come and sell it to you at markets.
Jane Denley; Woodlands Jersey Beef
Jane's farm in Hampshire is dedicated to the ethical production of beef from Jersey bull
calves that would otherwise have been culled at birth. You'll find her at markets, including Islington on Sundays, happy to recommend a cut of beef for your favourite recipes.
Fabienne Peckham, Galileo Farm
Galileo Farm is a traditional mixed organic farm in Warwickshire, with herds of cows, pigs, sheep and poultry, often sharing the same fields! Fabienne is a familiar sight at Parliament Hill and Marylebone; another of our farmers who finds time to look after her animals and attend markets on a weekly basis; she rarely misses a market. Fabienne was a farmer before she met and married Simon, and still oversees everything on the family farm.
Marjorie Stein, Eden Farms
For over 30 years, Marjorie has been growing organic vegetables on her farm on the Lincolnshire Fens. Starting life as a derelict 4 acre smallholding, the farm has grown to cover 70 acres of sustainable farmland. Marjorie comes to market every week (you'll usually find her at Parliament Hill) and has a wealth of knowledge and experience about growing and eating organic vegetables.
Jennifer Inman Churchview Farm
Jennifer is passionate about the beautiful cottage flowers she grows on her two and half acre smallholding in Kent. In season she'll cut and arrange bunches of them, and pick soft fruit she and her husband grow, to make into delicious preserves. It's always a delight to have them at Ransomes Dock
Carole Ikin, Happy Cow Farm
Carole brings her unpasteurised milk, butter and cream to Walthamstow farmers market every Sunday. Her small herd of Ayrshire cows graze year round on lush Leicestershire pasture. No hormones or antibiotics. She loves talking about her milk and is always happy to offer a sample to anyone who's not tried unpasteurised milk before.
Gilly Kiddy, Radwinter Wild Game
Gilly and her husband started their game business on their farm in North Essex. Gilly continues to be involved in all aspects of the business and it's Gilly you'll find at Walthamstow farmers market, selling her range of seasonal wild game.
Sandra Gilmore, Bee Friendly
Sandra has been selling her honey on our markets since 2000. Her apiaries are located in Harrow and Hertfordshire and looking after them, and the bees is a year round commitment. Sandra also makes a range of beautiful beeswax candles, cosmetics and preserves. You'll find her selling her range of delicious honey at markets including Notting Hill, Marylebone and Parliament Hill.
Linda Deme, Chegworth Valley
Linda and her family started selling juice and fruit grown on their farm in Kent, at our first market in 1999. It's safe to say that they've not looked back. Their farm has expanded, from 15 acres in the 1980's to over 300 acres today, with new orchards planted, and new crops coming on board. Still, every Saturday throughout the year, you'll find Linda at Pimlico Farmers Market, greeting customers who've become good friends.
Jane Barker, Barker Organics
It took a lot of persuasion to get Jane and her husband David to leave their walled garden in Norfolk and come and sell their vegetables with us in London. Once they started, they loved it and so do their regular customers who come every week to see what's in season. Jane believes strongly in their biodynamic farming methods, sticking to a system of crop rotation used in Norfolk since the 17th Century. It's served them well and they see no need to change it. You'll find Jane at Queens Park farmers market every Sunday.
We're opening a new farmers market in Ladbroke Grove, from 8th September
Cheese Street is heading to Walthamstow Sun 2nd Sept and Islington Sun 30th Sept, spreading the word about some of the amazing artisan cheese makers we have in this country. They're all absolutely FREE to attend.
If you're lucky and first to market in the morning you may be able to find the last few cherries of the season. Alongside them we have juice greengages, plums, blackberries and the first Discovery apples of the season.
As we write, the rain is coming down steadily, and we're hoping that our farmers are feeling the benefits.
Strawberry season has begun for the farms who grow and sell soft fruit at our farmers markets in London and for you who love to eat them.