The beauty of farmers' markets are the wonderful selection of really fresh vegetables, fruits and meats. Not everything is available throughout the year, as one crop finishes another one starts adding excitement to your weekly shop. This means you get to cook with produce when it tastes the best, but you won't always be able to pick up strawberries or spinach to cook your favourite recipes. Plan your meals around what's at market. The table below can help you with what's available throughout the year.
Duck and goose eggs are in season from February to June and in September. We have tomatillos and okra
from one farmer, and callalloo from another. Aylesbury ducks are available all year (from the last
remaining producer in the country). Native oysters come to market from September.
Once you get to know a farmers' market, shopping and cooking with the seasons is fun and simple. Don't
fret about what's in season when. Just look for the best-looking produce. If you don't know how to cook
it, ask the farmer, or the person next to you in the queue.
It's much more sociable than the supermarket!
Get your competitive edge on, it's Pancake Race Day. Bring a team or come alone and raise money for charity.
Who's your favourite stall at market? It's time to show your favourite farmers or producers how much you love them.
BBC 1 series The Farmers Country Showdown follows farmer Nigel Dyer and bee keeper Curtis Thompson to Islington Farmers Market.
Cheese Street is back in 2018, hitting the road at four locations.
We love our winter vegetables. Steamed, buttered sprout tops, braised red cabbage, celeriac mash, roast Jerusalem Artichokes, you're only limited by your imagination!