New farmers market for St John’s Wood

IN SEASON asparagus, giggly pigs and Wiltshire-made ice cream will all be on sale at a brand new St John’s Wood farmers’ market from this Saturday.

The market, which will take place every Saturday between 9am and 1pm on the grounds of Barrow Hill Junior School on Bridgeman Street will feature 25 different stalls all selling locally grown, fresh produce.

As well as the bog-standard carrot, the new market will be selling exotic salad leafs like fresh pak choi, free range pork from the Giggly Pig and rare English basil and thyme plants raised in local nurseries.

Gary Haggis, an Essex fisherman, will be landing his catch in the early morning in Maldon and bringing it straight to the market.

Mark Handley a director of London Farmers’ Markets, which run 20 other markets around London, said: “We felt that while there are quite a lot of farmers’ markets in north-west London there is really nothing on Saturday.

“There’s Swiss cottage farmers’ market which is very popular, but since it is only in the week local people have told us that they struggle to get down there.”

But the market is not just for a weekly veg shop – the organisers also want to encourage more casual shoppers just looking to pick up a locally sourced picnic on the way to enjoy the sunshine.

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Mr Handley said: “There is nothing to stop you popping in and choosing some food for a picnic, picking up a few punnets of English strawberries which are just coming into season.”