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!
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.