London Slow Food & Living Market~

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London’t first slow food Sunday market features produce from 30 vendors and artisans selected for exceptional quality.
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It is the only dedicated slow food market in London and is located on High Holborn Street.
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Slow food refers to regionally produced, fresh, clean produce, which has been thoughtfully harvested using responsible practices.
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The aim of the market is to foster connections, and a sense of community between small scale rural producers, and urban London dwellers.
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There is amazing chocolate and lots of it!
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The items for sale here are not mass produced. The food takes time and care to produce.
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Obviously, it is much better for you, and tastes entirely better then the produce created by large scale agri-businesses so prevalent in the USA.
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Fresh tomatoes burst with flavor like tomatoes should, and bread is prepared from scratch and tastes divine.
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There are wonderful local artists with displays as well. All in all it makes for a most enjoyable, and tasty, Sunday stroll!
Cheers to you from London’s Slow Food Market~
For more about Slow Food in the USA, check out: https://www.slowfoodusa.org/about-us

205 thoughts on “London Slow Food & Living Market~

  1. Luv this!! We have many, many slow food markets popping up allover the city during the summer and fall. Most are regular during season. Toronto has a love on for local produce & producers.

    • Yes, Canada has this down to a fine art. Besides making shopping much more enjoyable, everything tastes so much better and is so much better for you and for the animals. It’s an easy win win for everyone. The closest I’ve seen to this is the US is the Amish and Mennonite communites, who grow everything and make it the old fashioned way. So much better in every way~

  2. My mom says, “Stop!” you’re killing her with the scrumptious photos! She found out she is diabetic and all that yummy bread is making her hungry. We too are doing our part and are getting chickens to not buy eggs in the store any more and also to make a compost for the other garden plants. She won’t let me get a snake though.

    • Good for you with the chickens and the compost. I wonder when you will move on to goats? Goats are fun. Snakes, well, I had a rosie boa as a kid that I loved, but I can understand your mom’s point of view too. They do tend to get lost in the house which can make mom’s kinda cranky……
      I remember my mom in a not happy voice calling, “Cynthia, where is your snake?????”
      I had neglected to tell her that he had errrrrrr…….gone on a vacation. I was hoping he would return before she noticed. So I do get why you want a snake, and why your mom may not be so keen on it! 😉 😉 😉

  3. Looks heavenly. I never knew it was called slow food. The stall with the gluten free signs jumped right out to me since my husband is gluten intolerant. The construction of the stalls is reminiscent of a Renaissance Fair. 🙂

  4. Wouldn’t it be great to have many of these shows in our cities and rural areas? Not only for the great food, but also the crafts and the chance for the “city folk” the meet up with the rural dwellers and their close touch with the land.

    • Yes it would be incredible! I wouldn’t know about the incredible Amish food, markets, handicrafts, if my husband hadn’t grown up in Iowa. I go there anticipating the home cooked food in the restaurants, bakeries, and the produce in the fruit and vegetable stands. It is such a SLOW and special way of life, and we are robbed shopping in grocery stores buying Smithfied hams, with no exposure to really good produced food.

      • This is hard to believe, but we just found a wonderful farmers market/craft show in downtown Fresno of all places! At the very old Manchester Mall every friday, they have a farmers market from 8 -4. There was an incredibly wide variety of fresh fruits and veggies there, all full of color and texture like you’d never see in any grocery store. had to be at least 60 stalls there.

        We’re going back in two weeks. I’ll also be an exhibitor.

  5. Here in Maine there’s a lot of that going on….local produce, artisan bakeries, etc. Personally I would go for a “slower” life in general: in food, eating, meeting, greeting, working, walking, pondering. Then maybe we would learn to “attend” and not need drugs, etc. for our rampant ADHD in both children and adults.

    • It would be interesting to take kids out of cities, dare I say schools?, put them in nature, farms, the mountains. They would be exhausted from exploring all day and sleep well at night. After all my years as a psychotherapist, I never realized how bad civilization and it’s discontents are for our mental health. Consider the 40+ hour work week and it’s impact on our mental health, think of all the people who work in florescent lighted cubicles. Some people may enjoy the regimentation which is fine, but it makes most people sick. These artificial environments are so un-natural for us. Our environments, lifestyles, work situations are making us ill and crazy. My stress went down 100% when I retired and moved to the country. If I was still doing seminars, it would be on this topic.
      Tune Out & Get Healthy!

      • Amen to that. When I was teaching high school students I once designed my fantasy curriculum for them which involved taking them right out of school, and not only putting them on a farm, (maybe even on an island) with a certain amount of supervision, but somehow causing them to have to learn social, economic, and survival skills by trial and error….fun to fantasize 🙂

  6. Oh how I loved living in London. Meeting the local farmers meant food delivered to the landlady’s door and she’d put it away for me. The same was true for milk, eggs and whatever else was in season. Fresh bread arrived every other day. I had the same in France, Italy, Switzerland, Belgium and Germany. Other places I didn’t stay long enough to have such arrangements or had to keep a lower profile.
    The important comment you made in your remarks is the market was juried and that’s the most important element. You have the knowledge going in that you aren’t going to see offerings that are sub-standard and therefore will not waste your time. Tom and I both refuse to go to craft fairs that are not juried. While we may miss out on some fantastic art, we also save ourselves from tons of trinkets from China and other markets.
    I believe in paying in advance for specific foods from local farmers. That way they have partial monies for seeds that haven’t been altered and other working capital and we know where our food is coming from. Our variety isn’t as wide as I would like for it to be but it’s getting better. We pay 2/3 up front and then by the bushel basket as it’s delivered. Having grown up on a working ranch I know how important it is to have cash infusion during the time you otherwise wouldn’t have much to give ‘to the family.’ During the summer months all the money goes to keeping the operation going.
    Nearly 50 million Americans will get food poisoning this year. That’s 1 in 6 people who will get sick from something they ate. More than one hundred thousand will go to the hospital; three thousand will die. I don’t like those numbers! They are from the CDC.

    • We live such a crazy life style in the US, so we shouldn’t be surprised that it is making many of us crazy, and physically sick too. When you consider open vat mass agri-farms like Smithfield, raising pigs in revolting conditions, that we then eat, can we be surprised that we are sick? Consider what this does to whole tracks of land in North Carolina for instance. Going to Europe a lot is eye opening. The first thing you notice is that food in places like France, Italy, Switzerland, Austria, Germany TASTES so much better! It is life changing. Cheese, bread, fruit, vegetables taste they are supposed too. The next thing you notice is all the local vendors, and people buying their produce locally every day so it is fresh.
      The next big eye opener for me is passing by a chicken farm everyday at The Holler. This is the type of chicken you pay more for in the US. “Cage Free” chicken. What a total joke. The operation is the most disgusting thing I have ever seen. The chickens are rammed into their cage free pens so tightly they cannot move. You don’t want to hear about when they pack them up. If people saw this, they would be afraid of eating chicken. How can it not be horrible for our health?
      We are so out of touch with the natural world that we are making ourselves mentally and physically sick.
      Anything you can do to disengage from this in any way posible is better for you.. Spending time in nature, eating more home cooked meals and home grown food is good. I am afraid we are not going to wake up, and we and this planet will just get sicker and sicker.

      • You are so right. Growing up, if it didn’t come from the ranch – well, we didn’t eat it. Mother had her own vegetable garden and fruit trees. We had our own cows and Dad raised all the meat. Our oats, corn and wheat were milled – and if mother ever had a cake mix or anything like that – I’m sure her cupboard would have fallen off the wall.
        It’s impossible for inspectors to reach every site each year. They don’t make it to some sites ever and have no idea what’s going on. As we used to say in DC, our government runs the last great plantation!

  7. A beautiful market Cindy, local fresh foods are a delight to savour.
    The Cheese looks tantalizingly tasty, a market like this needs time to appreciate the goods and their process of harvesting and growth.

  8. Looks fabulous Cindy. Reminds me a little of Vancouver’s Granville Island Market which has hi-end vendors of master-crafted delicacies scattered throughout.
    Alison

  9. Mmmm, chocolate!!! And I see that the slow food market introduces a lot of color to London as well! As someone who shops at local farmers’ markets whenever there’s an opportunity, I agree with the comments here… Ok, I have to stop scrolling up and looking at the food now. It’s making me hungry! Hope you enjoyed a lot of the yummy food there Cindy! <3 ~Lynn

  10. Unfortunately, huge grocery stores ruined street markets. By the time of my childhood I remember my parents every single Saturday morning visited local street market for shopping. It was fun to be there with them.

  11. I wouldn’t want to shop anywhere else. In a grocery store, I can’t wait to get my food and get out. At our local farmers’ market, I know a bunch of the vendors by name and I always allot extra time because there is a lot of stopping to chat. Farmers’ markets sustain more than our bellies. Having a SLOW market would be even more amazing.

  12. Cindy, I can almost smell the fresh bread and taste the juicy tomatoes! That table full of chocolate looks amazing, too. Thanks for introducing us to what surely will become a popular event in London!

    • Well, we are home at The Holler now resting! We head to Yellowstone and Waterton National Parks in September, and in November back to Germany and Eastern Europe on an incredible last minute deal Jim found while I was at the grocery store. This is more than normal for us, but the deal was so sweet he couldn’t resist it.

  13. I love going to local/farmers markets! This one is particularly beautiful. We went to a couple in Vancouver while we were on vacation the past 2 weeks and got some great handmade stuff there (berries, salmon, soaps, chocolates).

  14. WE need people like this in this world to come together to grow food the way it was meant to be grown. It has grown so difficult to find food that even tastes good anymore. No taste means dead food. Even the organic foods are tasteless. I remember the days of my youth when food tasted SO good. How I long to have those days back again! Beautiful post, Cindy!!! Just beautiful!!! Love, Amy <3

    • You are so right. I suspect there are hordes of people who have no idea how fresh picked and properly grown produce is even supposed to taste. How can we ask people to eat fruit and vegetables when the junk they buy at the grocery store is utterly tasteless.?

  15. Great post! I LOVE markets and have a ton of pictures from them. There are markets like this one in the USA as well, as in any other place in the world. I have to write a blog one day 🙂 I have amazing pictures from a State fair in Utah, USA. Thank you for sharing!

    • The best food of this nature that I have had in the US in the Amish and Mennonite communities. It tastes utterly unlike the food one buys in the grocery store. We do have an active slow food movement in the US, see the link, and people can google where to find the closest slow food market.

      • True, it tastes different. My grandmother was a self-sufficient farmer who went to the grocery shop to mostly buy her salt and sugar. I used to be quite spoiled with a quality food, and it was hard to get used to the regular products. I guess the world’s population doubled since then and someone has to eat whatever they get…

  16. Did you see how big those cheese where? Those should be delicious. And the chocolate….. I think you took that picture not because of the chocolate but because of the stud standing behind the stand

    • Yes, that is a real problem, the more businesses that go organic, the more the prices do drop though. Many of the orchards around The Holler are organic, and they actually require less expense than the non-organic orchards, no pesticides, herbicides, leading to resistant insects, resistant plant disease, and the host of other problems organic herbicides and insecticides can create. Some orchards still aerial spray with helicopters which of course is super expensive and spread the chemicals in the wind over the organic orchards.

  17. Looks like a very interesting place, Cindy! Actually, it’s a little after midnight and I would love to have some fresh bread with butter on it. None here though. We just moved from a house to this apartment. Feeling a little disoriented right about now. Yep. yummy bread…comfort food!l

  18. I love London in the summer, I hope your having a fabulous time, Seven Dials, Covent Garden, Wigmore Hall, the West End ☺️ my brothers first job in London was in Holborn so I know this area well. I love artisan markets too, great photos.

    • It is such a fun city, and spring and summer are optimal times to visit, but a friend who lives there told me Christmas is pretty special too. I would love to spend a Christmas in Europe seeing all the Christimas displays, but all my family would need to come too!

  19. Oh, dear, if I thought I was hungry before I opened your post. Everything looks so yummy! I love our local farmers market. I would so rather buy my products from the local farmers! Great photos! 🙂

  20. We love open markets like these. Food forms an intrinsic and important aspect of a nation’s culture. Fresh foodstuff and delicacies sold in the open market is as close as one can get sans a homecooked meal to an authentic culinary experience.

  21. These look fabulous! A much nicer experience than shopping in a supermarket. I love going to local markets to source food, plants and crafts.

  22. Hello Cindy! Here on Brazil we have many farmer’s markets using responsible practices. The price is a bit higher but worth it. Beautiful photos… 🙂 🙂

    • I love Brazil! You definitely have more healthy growing and food production practices than is so common in the US and one can taste the difference. Good for Brazil! <3

  23. Okay, Ging & I are in the kitchen eating like hogs now!! lol 😉 What a beautiful market place. And the food…..Yes!!! Loved this post & the last Cindy. Sharing it now. 😉 xoxo <3

    • I wish I was at your place eating like a hog with you! I am dieting. I am always dieting. Except of course, when I’m not! 😉 So great to hear from both of you and cheers, hugs, and thanks you’s two’s, are flying your way!

  24. I love that, ‘slow food’. What a perfect name for this genre of foods and art. I’m in awe of their set up too. The tents are really creative and market tables gorgeous. Even all the pots and topiaries in the background are perfectly manicured and displayed. We have a fantastic market in downtown Edmonton too. Although it doesn’t look quite this stylish, there’s an amazing array of goodies and crafts every Saturday till October. So fun to meet and chat with the person that grew your carrots 😀

    • You have an artists eye my friend and I agree, the set up here is one of the nicest I’ve seen. They had driftwood horses around that were just gorgeous. The visual appeal of the food, the booths, the artistry of it all was a treat to the eye, and of course, everything tasted awesome, so I was a very happy camper!

  25. Cindy,
    The first photo brought back wonderful memories of going to the Sunday market in Clapham last summer. The bread from that particular vendor has got to be some of the best in London! Great post. Thank you! Rona

  26. I just read an article in the latest edition of the Colonial Williamsburg mazagine. It was about the excavations done in 2013 to locate the prior market places in the historic district and present reconstruction that is going up. The article traced the origins of colonial market places to English market places, very much like what you have photographed here. Of course, guess where the English markets originated… yes, Roman and Greek forums. All roads lead to…
    Oscar

  27. Wish I could have dived through the computer scene and landed at that fabulous market! Don’t know if you have Masterchef over there but we’ve just finished a series here and I am hooked. My son gave me a fabulous cookbook by Matt Preston and I made a slow-cooked Beef Stew with herbed Dumplings for dinner. It had such a weird hotchpotch of ingredients like Swede, apple cider and Vegemite but it turned out really well. I watched Julie & JUlia recently and bought Julia Child’s cookbook and am working up to making the Beef Bourignon. xx Rowena

    • Cooking is so much fun and making Julia’s recipes is a blast. I make her Bourignon, potatoes dauphinese, roast chicken, many of her recipes, even though I eat much less meat these days, and only buy from organic small scale farms, which helps me cut down. One of my favorite recipes isn’t Julia’s, but Julie’s from the movie. It is the the bruschetta on sour dough that has been crisped in olive oil. Julia makes it in the movie and I found the recipe. Everyone says it is the best bruschetta they have ever had. These recipes are phenomonal for special occasions. If I ate them regularly, I would get fat! I am making sour dough bread today, but I doubt it will be as good as these artisan loaves!

  28. Cindy, the photos were great and I think everything looks delicious in fresh farmer’s markets. We have two downtown sidewalk days/eves. Saturday morning and a perfect mid-week Wednesdays after work, time to refill our vegetables and fruits. From May until sometime in September. After this time, our Delaware Community market is set up like a co-op in a shop. I look for sales there on things like inside herb garden produce. This was my community service announcement which you actually began!

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