16 Nov 2009

Competition for Borough Market?

London Farmers's Markets, who run authentic and certified produce markets with a selection that enables you to complete your weekly shop have begun their foray south of the river. Brixton opened to much acclaim from local residents a month or so ago, and at the beginning of November they opened in Bermondsey.
Most Londoners, let along Brits are unfamiliar with places south of the river, and Bermondsey may not mean much to many. However to those in the know, this area is a foodie mecca, home to the food temple that is Borough Market, awesome local coffee roasters and merchants Monmouth Coffee and legendary fromagerie Neal's Yard Dairy. Just a five minute walk from here is Bermondsey St, an extension of foodie heaven with a great selection of restaurants, coffee shops and bars and now Bermondsey Farmers Market.

As a local (just 6minutes from my home by train) it's a real breath of fresh air to have some well priced, local, seasonal produce being sold by the producer without jostling with tourists and long lens cameras to get near to some over priced food, as is the case at Borough. A great selection of meats, seasonal veggies, apple and pear varieties demonstrating the diversity of British fruit, fresh fish prepared in front of you...these traders are why I love farmers markets.

So, for those of you in the mood for buying your weekly shop in the tranquillity of an open square free from tourists head to Bermondsey Farmers Market, open from the very sociable hours of 10am til 2pm, and you will discover the real heart of London food shopping.

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