November is a good time to buy venison and game which will be plentiful on the markets. The deer population in the UK is at it highest level for almost 1000 years, without any natural predators this number of deer are damaging trees and degrading our woodland habitats.
Venison is free range, low in fat and very tasty. Follow this link to learn more: Forestry England
Why not visit Ashdown Forest Visitor Centre to see how work is going on to restore our natural spaces with a sustainable deer population and you can also experience the home of Winnie the Pooh!
Across our markets you will find game specialists such as The Costwold Pantry, Newhouse Game, Forest Biltong and Venison Man. Many other farms have game from around their area, if you don't see what you are looking for please ask. Also look our for Priestlands Birch and their unique range of birch sap products harvested from the woodlands in Somerset.
Of course this is also the time for wild and farmed mushrooms. Some of our fruit and veg farms will have a limited selection of wild foliage and foraged berries. Mushrooms are versatile and increasingly popular. Our specialist producers include Moreton Mushrooms, Fabulous Fungi, Owley Farm Mushrooms, Tiny Fungi, Brambletye, and Merit Mushrooms.
Why not combine them all into a hearty venison dish now the temperature is dropping, which will to warm you up as the nights draw in. NEXT MONTH CHRISTMAS NEWS....
YES ALL MARKETS ARE OPEN ON 23rd And 24th DECEMBER
All markets will be open on the 23rd and 24th December as usual. Sunday markets on Christmas Eve will close 1 hour early at 1pm. Swiss Cottage will reopen on the 3rd January with weekend markets reopening on 6th and 7th January
Imperial and Bloomsbury markets will close a week earlier with their last day being 12th and 14th December respectively. They will reopen on the 9th and 11th of January.
We are proud to say that our Marylebone Farmers Market has reached the final of the Farm Retail Association's Farmers Market of the Year competition. The winner will be announced on the 5th March 2024 so there is much judging and evaluation yet to be done but we are thrilled to make the final.
We will be giving away a wild food hamper with venison biltong, birch sap products mushrooms and more seasonal produce.
Head to our Insta page where details of how to enter will be posted.
Shop local, understand where your food comes from and who is producing it this year. Your farmer's market is the place to buy traditional Christmas fare like free range turkey, free range goose, ham, the best roasting potatoes, sprouts, root vegetables, cheeses, mince pies, cakes and much more. Feel good about the food you serve this Christmas.
Marylebone Farmers Market is in the final 3 for the best farmers market in the UK 2024 after the finalists were revealed by the Farm Retail Association.
November is a good time to buy venison and game which will be plentiful on the markets. The deer population in the UK is at it highest level for almost 1000 years, without any natural predators this number of deer are damaging trees and .
Well, that's not quite true, there is of course lots more than just apples, the grape harvest will be underway in the vineyards and many other fruits and vegetables are coming into abundance this month.
Summer is back (sort of) and even if it isn’t we are all used to market shopping in the rain so BBQing in the rain should be no problem for hardened market shoppers.