farmers markets

Penang market cooking

Posted in dinners, farmers markets, fish, soups on January 11th, 2016 by Kevin – 1 Comment



An early morning visit to a Penang market during our Christmas trip, where we bought some freshly made fish balls and fried tofu. This all ended up in a Hearty Noodle broth, together with Choi Sum-like greens from the market, Shiitake Mushrooms, Onions and Carrots.

Growing Communities Video

Posted in farmers markets, wholefood kitchen TV on September 30th, 2015 by Kevin – 1 Comment

Growing Communities’ Farmers’ Market from Blake House on Vimeo.

A delightful film created by Ieva and her crew from Blake House which captures something of the spirit of the Growing Communities Farmers Market, held every Saturday at St Paul’s Church, Stoke Newington High St, from 10 – 2.30pm. There’s a few clips of yours truly, with daughter Teia perched on my knee enjoying a hot apple juice.

Save Stocks Farm

Posted in farmers markets on February 9th, 2013 by Kevin – Be the first to comment

A visit to the Stoke Newington Farmers Market today revealed that market stalwarts Stocks Farm are threatened with closure of their farm, due to escalating prices of organic feed and fuel and a poor apple harvest this year. Having personally enjoyed plenty of produce grown or reared organically by brothers Iain and Chris, I endorse their appeal to the local community to support this small, local, organic family farm. On a day when The Guardian broke news of the 100% Horsemeat ‘Beef’ Lasagnes offered by Findus, this presents a real opportunity to make a conscious choice about buying your produce from suppliers who operate with real care and integrity. If you are on the lookout for high quality Organic Meat, Eggs and Apples, take a visit to their market stall at the Growing Communities Farmers Market held every Saturday at St Paul Church, Stoke Newington High St, from 10am– 2.30pm. For further information, check out the Stock Farms website, or their facebook page.

Christmas family lunch

Posted in dinners, farmers markets, lunches, winter on December 28th, 2012 by Kevin – Be the first to comment

This year, we were joined by my sister, her husband and family for a few days, to enjoy a pre-Christmas, Christmas meal together. This year, we cooked a goose, which proved to be exceptionally popular this year in the UK. Our organically reared goose was supplied by Iain and the boys at Stock’s Farm who run the butchers stall at the Stoke Newington Farmers Market. The goose was cooked with a Dried Apricot and Orange Stuffing and served with Roast Potatoes; Honey Roasted Carrots and Swedes; Red Cabbage with Apple and Sultanas and Brussel Sprouts with Toasted Walnuts.

Stocks Farm

Posted in farmers markets on December 22nd, 2012 by Kevin – Be the first to comment

Iain from Stocks Farm provides a background to how they began their Organic Farm business. They’ll be set for a busy day today at the Stoke Newington Farmers Market, providing Organic Meat and produce for their Christmas customers. I’m stopping by later to pick up the Goose I’ve preordered, for a pre-Christmas family lunch. Check out more useful videos and tips from Stock Farm for your Christmas preparations here.

Growing Communities post

Posted in farmers markets, writings on October 24th, 2012 by Kevin – Be the first to comment

Congratulations to Growing Communities, winners of the Best Independent Retailer award in this years’ Observer Food Monthly Awards. This is recognition for the incredible work this community based organisation has been doing over the last 17 years. Together with a thriving food box scheme, they have established the weekly Stoke Newington Farmers Market as a real alternative to high street food shopping, providing direct connection with food at source, with stalls run by farmers and suppliers of locally produced, organic produce. I had a conversation recently with Kerry Rankine, one of the Market organisers, about the difficulty of generating publicity for an activity which is not really that newsworthy. Running the market simply means showing up, all year round, contending with challenges the different seasons provide, with fluctuation in availability and quality of produce. There’s not much in the way of ‘new angles;’ just a commitment to the simple pleasures of alignment with and appreciation of local, seasonal food grown or produced with care and attention. This award is a tribute to an organisation which continues to ‘show up,’ providing an incredible resource to its community, and an inspiration to others about how things can be done. Check out the  Observer article here.

Soup Kitchen No. 5

Posted in courses, farmers markets, soup kitchen on April 1st, 2012 by Kevin – Be the first to comment

John takes a sneak preview of the recipe for last weeks’ Soup Kitchen class at the Happy Kitchen Canteen. On the menu: a Hearty Cannellini Bean, Kale and Leek Soup made from Scratch using homemade Vegetable Stock.

As part of the lesson, we delved into the world of pressure cooking, and had an opportunity to take a taste test of pressure cooking vs canned beans for flavour and texture. The verdict? Overwhelmingly in favour of the pressure cooked pulses.

The final result. A beautiful bowl of Soup combining Onions, Leeks, Kale, Cannelini Beans, Wild Garlic, Fresh Thyme Rosemary and Parsley, all purchased from the Ripple Farm stall at the Stoke Newington Farmers Market.

The leftover Soup, enjoyed the next day with the addition of a few sauteed Shiitake Mushrooms. The next Soup Kitchen is scheduled for Monday 23 April at the Happy Kitchen Canteen. We’ll be preparing a Spring Vegetable Soup using Seasonal Vegetables. To book yourself a place, contact Happy Kitchen on 020 8525 4994 or email

Christmas Tide

Posted in farmers markets, fish, meals, reviews, soups on November 30th, 2011 by Kevin – Be the first to comment

Nicky and I spent the weekend at the delightful Highfield Studios in Wells-next-the-Sea in Norfolk, which happened to coincide with a local ‘Christmas Tide’ programme of activities, culminating in the arrival of Santa in Wells harbour by boat on saturday night, accompanied by an impressive firework display. We took part in the spirit of the weekend, visiting the nearby Burnham Market to grab a supply of local seafood from Gurneys Fishmonger to create a Hearty Fish Stew. Starting with Shallots, Celery, Garlic and Carrots sweated down, I added some canned Tomatoes, Tomato Paste, freshly made Fish Stock and soaked Saffron (strands, and liquid). Mussels and Cockles were steamed open in some Stock, then added at the end with some chunks of Cod, Raw Prawns and some seared Scallops, also enjoyed as an entreé. Chopped Parsley to finish. Served with Roasted Jerusalem Artichokes and Steamed Cabbage, and chunks of Bread. Simply divine.

Living Pizza

Posted in farmers markets on November 20th, 2011 by Kevin – Be the first to comment

A splash of colour at the Stoke Newington Farmers Market, courtesy of Raw Ecstasy’s Living Pizza, made from Buffalo Mozzarella, young Junas Cheese, Sprouted Buckwheat, Linseeds, Brazil nuts, Tomatoes, Lemons, Spinach, Fresh Parsley, Fresh Basil, Carrots, Beetroot, Peppers, Olive Oil, Coriander, Oregano, Spring Onion, Garlic, Himalayan Salt & Tamari. I didn’t sample this, though I did get to taste their range of amazing Kale and Apple Crisps. A welcome edition to the weekly Stoke Newington Market.

Rakhi’s Ragu

Posted in autumn, farmers markets, lunches on November 20th, 2011 by Kevin – Be the first to comment

Flatmate Rakhi Singh’s delicious slow, home-cooked Ragu: Pork & Beef mince and chicken livers chopped up really small. Passata, Nutmeg, Salt, Pepper, Red wine, lots of Basil, and some Thyme. Served on a bed of Porcini Taglietelle, courtesy of the Primo & Ultimo stall at the Stoke Newington Farmers Market, and some grated parmesan.