Posts Tagged ‘Stoke Newington Farmers Market’

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.

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.

(Why) Have we fallen out of love with Organic food?

Posted in articles, writings on September 5th, 2012 by Kevin – Be the first to comment

An interesting read in the Guardian today in followup to a study released which suggests that ‘organic produce is no better for our health than conventional food.’ It’s hard to take such a claim seriously. Invariably studies are very good at confirming the expectations of those who sponsor or conduct them. The only studies I pay much attention to are the ones I carry out myself, in the kitchen: where I notice the effects different foods I cook and eat have on me personally, my energy levels, wellbeing and sense of overall satisfaction. This comes not from just the food itself, but all the steps in between. It’s true, my predilection for foods which carry the organic ‘label’ has softened considerably over time. My go-to source for veg remains Growing Community’s weekly Organic Farmers Market, but I am also happy to visit local fruit and vegetable suppliers such as the Newington and Stoke Newington greengrocers, which are a welcome addition to the mix. Although their produce is predominantly non-organic, it is fresh, of high quality, and mostly locally sourced. Simply having an organic label doesn’t tell the whole story either: I prefer to buy from non-organic greengrocers or local markets where I get a ‘feel’ from the produce, and the journey it has taken; rather than buy Organic produce at supermarkets which can feel just as processed and packaged as conventional food, and often lacks the vitality of Organic food bought direct from the farmer. The article provides an interesting overview of the situation, observing that this is not a black and white issue. (‘News Flash! Life occurs in shades of grey!’) Yet it concludes with a useful statement: ‘If we want food that is good for humans, animals and the environment, the priority now is not to praise organics or to bury it, but to accept we must look beyond it.’ Amen! Read the full article here.

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.

Smoked Mackerel on Toast

Posted in fish, lunches on September 28th, 2011 by Kevin – Be the first to comment

Spelt Sourdough from the E5 Bakehouse. Organic Horseradish Sauce. Sliced Gherkins. Whole Smoked Mackerel and  Lemon Verbena, fresh from the Stoke Newington Farmers Market on Saturday. A Sandwich symphony.

What is it?

Posted in autumn, farmers markets on September 26th, 2011 by Kevin – 1 Comment

Spotted at the Stoke Newington Farmers Market on Saturday. Distinctive seasonal produce. Can anyone tell me what they are? Answers on an (e)postcard please.

Stoke Newington Market on the move

Posted in events, farmers markets, organic gardening on July 12th, 2011 by Kevin – Be the first to comment

A visit to the new location for the weekly Stoke Newington Farmers’ Market, now at St Paul’s Church on Stoke Newington High St, opposite the Police Station. Same time and date, Saturday mornings from 10–2.30pm. All the usual suspects in attendance, and what seems like a few new stalls too. I came back with a complimentary Growing Communities bag, and a load of bounty: Fresh new Onions, Cauliflower, Cucumber, Organic Basil & Spinach from Ripple Farm; Organic Chicken from Stock’s Farm.

Evolution of a meal

Posted in desserts, fish, meals, soups on March 27th, 2011 by Kevin – Be the first to comment

I headed to the Stoke Newington Farmers Market, with plans to buy food to create and share an evening meal. I had noo clear idea what to do, but trusted that I would find some inspiration. It’s the joy of shopping at a seasonal market, where the produce available, is the produce in season! A reduction in choice, which can fuel inspiration. I was not disappointed! On hand were bags of Wild Nettle, and some Wild Garlic. Perfect for a rich, cleansing Spring soup. I grabbed some Onions, Carrots and Leeks from Ripple farms, (to make a Vege Stock, and use in the Soup) and I was already on my way.

A conversation with the fishmonger led to the purchase of two Whiting, standing out from the crowd. Not a ‘fashionable’ fish by any means, but like Hugh FW has said, I have no idea why. I picked up these two bright specimens for £2.40. For both of them. That’s just stupid.

How fresh am I? Just gaze into my eyes. No sign of a hangover.

A quick bit of filleting action, and we are ready to go.

My guest showed up with some mystery creatures to add to the equation. The juries out on this vegetable: Initially I thought they were Jerusalem artichokes, but I think they are actually some form of Yam. Bizarrely (yet, this occurs far too often to be a coincidence) I had already plucked some Sage leaves without knowing what to do with them. It turns out that these babies, sauteed in Olive Oil, Sea Salt, some Lemon Juice and the Sage, would work an absolute treat.

So, we started with a Nettle Soup, with a sprinkle of Nutmeg to give it a little bite, a swirl of Creme Fraiche and A couple of ‘mystery creatures’ as a garnish.

This was followed by a plate of Panfried Whiting, Rice & Barley, (leftover from a few nights before) and some Steamed Greens drizzled with an Orange (juice & Zest), Tahini, Honey and Mustard dressing.

Finishing up with something I made earlier, some Stewed Fruit made up of fresh Plums, Dried Apricots and Pecans stewed with a Cinnamon Stick, Star Anise, a little fresh Orange Juice and Water. Served with some Creme Fraiche, and some shavings of Roasted Cacao Beans. (thanks again to Lona!)