Especially on a sunny day few things are more enjoyable than heading to your local food market with the kids.
Be it fresh fruit and veg, cheese, meat, seafood, bread, juices or delicious, freshly prepared grub -make sure you've got your sturdiest jute bag in tow and bring some for the children too!
It's a great way to get your children involved. A free place to come and experience so many different smells, tastes and sights. Talk to the farmers and sellers, learn where your food comes from, have a taste! Let the kids pick out something new to try, then they can help prepare a meal or snack.
Shopping at the market becomes an outing and an inspiration for the whole family.
Being engaged with your farmer/seller and other local shoppers also strengthens the community and the fresh foods you are purchasing from the market are packed with nutrients.
Fruits and veggies are picked at the peak of their ripeness ensuring that the nutrients they harbor are readily available to you. These nutrient dense foods will add more antioxidants and phytonutrients to your diet, helping you become/stay healthy.
And last but not least you are supporting small, independent businesses and farming overall:
'Farmers markets are the critical component in rebuilding local food economies. By providing a cost-effective, retail sales opportunity for local food producers, farmers markets help make farming profitable.'
We are blessed with a range of local farmers' markets in our lovely area of NW London - here is a handy overview with all relevant details to inspire you and hopefully see you there soon!
Make sure to check our events page regularly too as we always advertise special kids activities, live music etc on the markets there!
Hampstead Covered Market
Hampstead Community Centre
Food, Crafts, Community Cafe & more
Primrose Hill Market
St Paul’s Schoolyard, Primrose Hill Road
Swiss Cottage Farmers Market
Eton avenue, NW3 3EU
Lovely market right in front of Hampstead Theatre
Parliament Hill Farmers Market
William Ellis School NW5 1RN
Possibly London's most dog friendly market as it's right on the heath! Sour dough bread, organic meat, delicious hot food and so much more.
WH Thameslink Station
Forecourt, Iverson Road NW6 1PF
Bloomsbury Farmers Market
Torrington Sq/Byng Place (behind ULU) WC1E 7HY
Marylebone Farmers Market (new location!)
Aybrook Street, W1U 4EW
King's Cross Canopy Market
Friday - Sunday 11am - 6pm
West Handyside Canopy, London N1C 4LW
Fresh produce, coffee, craft beers, unique designs, live music & delicious street food