Nothing excites me more than a food market, but to have one a stone’s throw from your house – now that is what I call ideal.
Every Saturday Brockley Market sells the best of local produce from 10am-2pm, and oh my is it good. Packed with stalls including homemade cakes and pies, fresh fruit and veg, eggs, meat, cheese and even chutneys and chilli sauces, it’s no wonder it’s won countless awards; most recently in the local awards for Time Out Magazine.
I love to shop local. There’s something far more rewarding about handing over a couple of pounds to a local market stall holder whose taken the time to carefully select, craft and present their goods, than being just another drop in the ocean to a local supermarket giant.
Just a short train ride from central London, you can either hop on the overground to Brockley (10 minute walk from the market) or even a mainline train from St John’s from London Bridge, Charing Cross or Cannon Street, which is only a 2 minute walk to the market.
My housemate, who has previously lived in the area, would always visit and so this was first on the list after moving in. He loves the spicy selection of Miss Stoneham’s chilli marmalades so much that he’s on his ninth jar. You’re welcome to try most of the chutneys and sauces for sale, but be warned, if a sauce is called ‘holy fuck’ (from World of Zing) it is holy fucking hot. If you’re like me and you can’t handle too much spice, don’t try and be brave and have a little taste, it’ll blow your socks off.
Also fellow gluten-free-ers, you’ll be pleased to know, YES the market has some wonderful gluten free cakes, biscuits and bread to indulge in, so go prepared to spend.
Scroll to the bottom to find out what we decided to buy on our first trip.
A rather random mix some may say, but here’s what we gathered from our first visit:
Fresh gluten free bread (in a plant pot, of course)
A butternut squash
A venus flytrap (as ya do)
Dalston Chillies sauce
Miss Stoneham’s chilli chutney
Have you been to Brockley market? What’s your favourite local food market?