Stoke Newington Famers’ Market is set to celebrate its 10th anniversary this summer with a number of events.
The market is the only one to be all organic in the country. It began on a very small scale ten years ago with only two stalls, however, it has proved to be very popular with the local community and now it has more than twenty.
It will be running several events throughout the summer starting this Saturday with an exhibition of photos taken from the first Farmers’ Market, which was held at the Old Fire Station on Lewsin Road.
Other events range from family activities to taster sessions and recipe competitions. It will culminate with a trip to visit Stocks Farm on Monday, August 26 and on Apple Day in October.
The market is run by Growing Communities, a community led organisation in Hackney. The group aims to provide an alternative to non-environmentally friendly food production and to support small sustainable farms and farmers in and around London by ensuring they are given a fair price for their product whilst maintaining a small carbon footprint.
They are set to open a new stall this Saturday, May 11 which will sell produce from a new starter farm they opened in Dagenham recently.
“We want to thank everyone who has supported the market over the years,” Market manager Kerry Rankine said, “and encourage more people to see what’s on offer and buy produce directly from the people who grow it.
“Life has been very tough in the past couple of years for the small, organic producers who come to the market, with appalling weather and rising feed and fuel costs taking their toll. It is more important than ever that we support them.”
The market currently takes place every Saturday at St Paul’s Church on Stoke Newington High Street.