Nightingale Lane, N8 7AF
Alexandra Palace Park, N22 7AY
The farmer’s market at Alexandra Palace is one of the largest and most successful markets of its kind in London with over 60 stalls setting out their wares and several thousand loyal customers even on the coldest and wettest of Sundays.
The appeal of the market lies in the diversity and quality of the food and goods on offer. There’s a wide choice of fresh organic produce straight from the farm with Wild Country Organics being one of the most prominent and popular such producers. There’s also a good choice of quality meat with High Meadows Welsh Farm offering a tempting selection of their own reared meats and the farmer always on hand to give advice and background to the meat on display. Award winning sausages are also available from Giggly Pig with all kinds of meaty flavours from which to choose and discounts for multi-buys. There are quite a few food specialists here with the Portobello Mushroom Man offering the kind of fungi varieties not to be found in an average supermarket, several quality cheese retailers and a very popular fish monger whose stock tends to run low by midday.
Ally Pally not only caters for the enthusiastic cook but also has a great selection of prepared foods and deli produce. One of best is run by an Italian woman who prepares her own authentic Italian dishes ready to take home and eat, including rich lasagne and deliciously light tiramisu. If you fancy hearty British fare, Brockley’s Pies are hard to beat, with anything from steak and kidney pies to sweet desserts to take away and enjoy at your leisure. There are plenty of sweet treats here, with a Emma (trading as Life of Pie) offering a particularly tempting array of her own caky creations.
If all this food has made you peckish, there are plenty of street food traders with the fried fish and calamari stall proving particularly popular. The Indian Curry stall is also a firm favourite with generous servings of curry and rice with a side dish for just a fiver.
The market is run by City & County Farmers Markets who host a number of great markets across the Capital and are not so precious about the concept of a farmers’ market as to exclude other kinds of stall. So here you kind find a charity selling reconditioned furniture and a local ceramicist selling her unique cups and plates which adds the diversity and appeal of the market. The market alternates between two locations around Alexandra Palace Park, so check on the website before making a special trip.
This feature is taken from our forthcoming book:
by Andrew Kershman