The Saturday morning buzz of a market is the perfect way to start a spring weekend and we love the Pimlico Farmers Market in particular. Since it was established in 2002, the local stalls sit under the watchful eye of the Mozart statue in Orange Square, Pimlico where the stallholders open every Saturday morning between 9am-1pm and the variety of produce on offer is incredible.
From enticing artisan cheeses and freshly baked breads to organic meats, fruits and vegetables along with some more unusual stalls. With a Time Out ‘Love London’ award under their belt, here are a few of the stalls not to miss at this charming market:
1. The Tomato Stall
The Tomato Stall’s speciality tomatoes are grown in the Arreton Valley on the Isle of White, due to the higher levels of sunlight and milder climate to the rest of the UK. Paul Thomas and his team grow a variety of tomatoes with a mixture of organic and conventional from heirlooms to super sweet smaller varieties. As well as fresh produce the stall offers a wide range of 100% natural, additive/ preservative free tomato products including pure tomato juice, passata, condiments and more using the sweetest and tastiest of the Isle of White tomatoes.
2. Dallaways Cherries
Michael Dallaway grows cherries in four locations on the Kent/ East Sussex border and has extremely high standards when it comes to his produce offering 15 different varieties on his stall. The cherries selected for Dallaways will only be picked once fully ripened and boast to be some of the best cherries most will ever eat. In the summer Michael welcomes visitors to his orchards to pick cherries and runs a cherry tree rental scheme at his orchard in Northiam, East Sussex which enables you to pick your own cherries once ripe in the summer.
3. Olivier’s Bakery
Following an early career as an apprentice pâtissier in France, Olivier then came to London and honed his trade to eventually owning his own ‘Olivier’s Bakery‘ in 2011. Using only organic flour and carefully sourced, high quality ingredients the breads created handmade daily with no chemicals have become a sensation. One of Olivier’s specialities is using a particular spelt flour to produce 100% spelt bread, croissants, cookies and tea cakes which for us is always a winner.
4. Quicke’s Traditional ltd
Quicke’s take enormous pride in their land and produce and have a philosophy of longevity. Making clothbound cheeses for well over five generations the family’s traditional cheeses are award winning masterpieces. Every truckle is handmade by one of nine skilled cheese makers before wrapping them in muslin and carefully matured for up to 24 months.
5. Local Honey Man
Curtis produces 100% pure raw natural local honey and calls himself the London based beekeeper. His honey goes straight from the hive to the jar, nothing added. His love for bees began when he was a child and his uncle who had been raising bees for 44 years introduced him to the life of bee-keeping. Curtis has been hooked ever since. Curtis sells raw honey, honey infusions and wonderfully scented honey candles among other products at the Pimlico Road Farmers Market.
6. Ted’s Veg
Ted Dawson farms a large range of vegetables using traditional farming methods in Lincolnshire. The farm is family run and has run in the family for 4 generations with a formidable reputation for quality and expertise. All of their produce is grown with love and the crops are grown chemical free, along with a scheme to eradicate waste. Ted works with local charities to ensure hundreds of kilos of edible but non-sellable fruit and veg are given away every week. The family also love to experiment with new crops, so new and more unusual items can often be added to the stall.
For more information on the stalls and location visit the Pimlico Road farmer’s market website here.