Dukes Meadows, off Alexandra Gardens, W4
The brainchild of local resident Kathleen Healy and managed with passion by local mum Alice Playle , this market was set up in 2000 as a social enterprise with profits used to improve the local area. Residents have taken this Sunday event to their hearts and now about 20 stalls set up here drawing good crowds with lots of regulars who know and trust the traders and their produce. As well as bringing a vibrant food culture to this small stretch of concrete in this salubrious but quiet part of London, the venture has also raised over £1 million for local projects.
The market is well worth venturing out of your way to visit with some great stalls offering good fruit and veg, excellent fresh meat from March House Farm, who also prepare and sell their own burgers which always have a long queue of hungry customers.
There is also a regular fishmongers with fresh staples like salmon, trout and lemon sole as well as less common seasonal produce. The Hellenic stall offers first press olive oil, unprocessed sea salt and a variety of single source Greek honey. Cheeses and other dairy produce are well represent here with at least three stalls offering a great choice of English and international produce and plenty of tasters to allow you to try before you buy.
Street food is very popular these days and Chiswick Food Market has all kinds of prepared food including Mexican and Moroccan delicacies and the long established and always popular Pizza Maria. Those wanting something sweet will not be disappointed with lots of stalls dedicated to cakes, pastries and puddings with quite a few delicious vegan options.
Chiswick Food Market is exactly what a farmers market should be with lots of character and the support of locals who cherish this small but valuable addition to their area.
this in a feature taken from our forthcoming book:
by Andrew Kershman