Our Farmers
and Growers

Farmers and food producers who come to our market or supply our veg scheme - or both.

The bag scheme sources fruit and veg from as close to Hackney as possible. We grow Hackney Salad right here on our Patchwork Farm, and tomatoes, aubergines, chillies and more on our Dagenham Farm. We are committed to working with small-scale organic and biodynamic farmers and growers from the areas closest to London. Most of these are in Kent, Essex, Cambridgeshire and East Anglia. We supplement the bags with fruit and veg from further afield when local produce is not available.

Ripple Farm
Martin Mackey

Martin Mackey is a small tenant farmer from the Stour Valley in Kent. He farms 35 acres where he grows over 15 different organic potato varieties as well brassicas, salad leaves, carrots, beetroot and leeks. He has recently taken on more land which includes an old walled garden where he has started to grow fruit including strawberries and apples. His particular passion is potatoes! His favourite potato? Arran Victory.

Fruit and veg scheme farmer

Farmers' market: weekly

Crundale, Canterbury, Kent, CT4 7EB, 01227 732208

Wild Country Organics
Adrian Izzard

Adrian Izzard grows a wide range of organic salad leaves (which won the award for best fresh food at the Soil Association Organic Awards in 2014) and Asian greens such as pak choi, tatsoi, mustard leaves and coriander in his unheated glasshouses at Great Abingdon, Cambridgeshire. He has recently taken on another 30 acres of land to grow field crops, so is producing root veg, such as parsnips and beetroot, for the box scheme and market. He grows a gorgeous range of tomatoes, courgettes, cucumbers and aubergines, all of which he brings to the farmers' market in season.

Fruit and veg scheme farmer
Farmers' market: weekly

11 Chalky Road, Great Abington, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire CB21 6AT

A G Brockman
Patrick Brockman

Patrick Brockman grows biodynamic vegetables on his farm near Canterbury.  The farm was started by his father and has been growing biodynamically since the 1950s.  Patrick produces a wide range of veg including salad leaves, brassicas, herbs, potatoes, beetroot and carrots. He also produces aubergines, peppers and chillies in his polytunnel in the summer. Patrick has recently started to produce some delicious chutneys and ketchups made from produce grown on the farm and is starting to expand into wholesaling too. They also sell eggs.

Fruit and veg scheme farmer

Farmers' market: weekly

Garlinge Green Canterbury CT4 5RU 01227 732001

Sarah Green's Organics
Sarah Green

Sarah Green's Organics is situated in Tillingham, on the Dengie Peninsula in Essex, 50 miles east of London. She grows a wide selection of seasonal organic vegetables on her 30-acre farm and harvests the vegetables fresh from the field specifically to order. As well as coming to the farmers' market every other week, Sarah is a regular supplier to the veg scheme and also supplies several of the other Better Food Traders with veg for their box schemes. Sarah is particularly proud of her purple-sprouting broccoli, broad beans, sweetcorn and caulis, including romanescu and purple varieties. The other faces you will see regularly on the stall are her parents, Sally and Steven.

Fruit and veg scheme farmer
Farmers' market: fortnightly (usually first and third Saturdays of the month)

Hall Farm, Tillingham Essex CMO 7ST Twitter @Sally4Green 01621 778844

Longwood Farm
Matthew and Louise Unwin

Matthew and Louise Unwin of Longwood Farm in Suffolk are our main meat producer at the market. They rear organic chickens, geese, turkeys, beef cattle, pigs and sheep on their 180 acre farm at Tuddenham St Mary in Suffolk. They have Welsh sheep and Belted Galloway cattle that are very hardy and do well on the sparse heathland grazing where they spend most of the year. Matthew hangs his beef for three weeks to develop the full flavour and he makes his own sausages and bacon. Matthew has been farming organically since 1989 and we're really pleased to support a small family farm that's farming livestock in a sustainable way. If you would like to order a particular cut/joint of meat you can email or ring the farm. 

Farmers' market: weekly

Longwood Farm Tuddenham St Mary Suffolk IP28 6TB   01638 717120

Hook and Son
Phil Hook

Phil Hook and his son Steve have a small organic dairy farm in East Sussex near Hailsham. They produce raw milk from their 75 Friesians and make cream and butter too. They also sell rose veal. The farm has been in their family for 250 years and their organic farm teems with a wide variety of flora and fauna. "We consider the cows' welfare and health are paramount," says Phil. "Cows in a conventional herd produce nearly 50% more milk than those farmed organically. This means our cows are not under so much pressure and stress as those in a conventional herd and are less prone to mastitis and lameness. Indeed, our cows on average live to be eight or nine years old, compared to the national average of six years old."

Farmers' market: weekly

Longleys Farm, Harebeating Lane, Hailsham, East Sussex BN27 1ER   01323 449494

Bath Soft Cheese
Hugh Padfield

Hugh Padfield's family have been raising cattle and making cheese at the 300-acre Park Farm in Somerset for three generations. The Bath Soft Cheese Company now makes a range of organic, pasteurised cheeses that have won awards up and down the country. They sell their Bath Soft, Bath Blue and Wyfe of Bath, a hard cheese, at the market.

Farmers' market: weekly

Park Farm, Kelston ,Bath BA1 9AG    01225 331601

The Mushroom Table
Matthew Rooney

Brothers Matthew and William Rooney grow organic oyster and other exotic mushrooms at their small farm in Great Bromley, Essex. Matthew also brings wild mushrooms to the market in season including puffballs, chicken of the woods and woodear, as well as making delicious mushroom sandwiches while you wait. He also brings other seasonal goodies to the market, including wild leaves and flowers in summer and birch sap in spring - which is said to boost the body's cleansing properties. He also leads foraging walks around his home in Essex - visit his website for details.

Farmers' market: weekly

Morants Cottage, Colchester Road, Great Bromley, Essex CO7 7TN   01206 231660
Twitter @mushroomtable

Hempen Coop

Hempen is a UK workers' cooperative based near Oxford, which organically farms, processes and sells hemp products, including seeds, oil, butter, pesto and CBD oil. We think it's the UK's only organic hemp farm. As a not-for-profit, all the money they make goes back into the cooperative, to further their hemp vision, pay fair wages and support other ethical projects. Future plans include growing the taller fibre-producing varieties of hemp, so they can start to make paper, clothes and construction materials.

Read more about Hempen and the amazing properties of their products in Rachel's blog.

Farmers' market: weekly

Astons Bakehouse
Syd Aston

Syd Aston's range of organic bread includes sourdoughs, walnut levain, spelt sourdoughs, sourdough rye, multi-grain cobs, cholla, as well as traditonal soda breads and croissants. He makes excellent Eccles cakes, mince pies, lardy cakes and crodos (a tasty merging of a croissant with a doughnut) too.

Farmers' market: weekly

Sheepdrove Farm, Lambourn, Berkshire RG17 7UU   01488 674717

Better Health Bakery

The Better Health Bakery is a charitable artisan bakery based in Haggerston. As a social enterprise it brings the community together by promoting locally produced food and providing trainee placements  to adults recovering from mental ill health. They sell delicious sourdough, rye sourdough and wheat baguettes - and are developing new products all the time.

Farmers' market: weekly

13 Stean Street Haggerston E8 4ED 020 7254 9103

PAMA

Patka & Martin founded PaMa in 2011 while discovering the RAW food scene in California. Now based in Hackney Wick they make a delicious range of fermented products including sauerkrauts, sweet and sour pickles, sauerkraut crackers, kimchi and kombucha.  Patka and Martin source organic veg for their pickles from Ripple Farm and Brockman's Farm in Kent - who also come to the market. In summer, they make pickled cucumbers using cucumbers grown on Growing Communities' Dagenham Farm.

Farmers' market: weekly

Niko B Organic Chocolates
Anthony Ferguson

Master chocolatier Anthony Ferguson has been satisfying chocoholics on both sides of the Atlantic for nearly a decade with memorably addictive creations. Chocolates from Niko B (named after his son) are 100% organic and handmade in Hackney. Using only Soil Association certified chocolate, fruits, nuts, herbs, spices and flowers, as well as organic British cream and butter, the adventurous range includes exotic truffles, caramelised nuts, oozing nougats, salted caramel brownies and decadent ganache-filled, liqueur-soaked figs.

Farmers' market: weekly

Global Fusion
Colga Parker

Global Fusion is a small family business run by Colga Parker. She makes a wide range of traditional creole soda breads flavoured with fruit and spices and vegan fritters with her famous hot sauce. All her products are vegan and she uses organic flour and biodynamic wholemeal flour sourced from Perrycourt Farm. Colga will also bake birthday and celebration cakes to order. Check their website for details.

Farmers' market: weekly

 

0208 252 4066

Hatice Trugrul

Hatice Trugrul makes her traditional Turkish borek or gozleme (a type of folded pancake) using organic ingredients such as spinach and mushrooms sourced from the organic farmers at the market. Hatice lives locally and is one of the ultra local producers we've worked with to help them get into sustainable food production.

Farmers' market: weekly

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G.O.D Cakes Gluten free cakes
Eva Mavron

Eva Mavron started making gluten-free cakes at home when she was diagnosed with coeliac disease a few years ago.  As G.O.D Cakes (GlutenOutDone) she bakes home-made cakes using only the finest, highest quality ingredients and definitely no gluten! In addition to all of Eva’s cakes being gluten and wheat free, Eva bakes cakes to suit other dietary requirements. You can contact her via the website.

Farmers' market: monthly (usually first Saturday of the month)

Pear Necessities
Antony Froggatt

Pear Necessities sells organic pears at the market from September through to Christmas from their small organic pear orchard near Goudhourst in Kent.  The 10 acre orchard grows four varieties of pear: Conference, Comice, Packham and Concorde. Pear Necessities is a partnership established in 2008 to convert an existing conventionally farmed orchard to organic methods. Pear Necessities aim to grow fruit using carbon-conserving methods of feeding and disease control.  The farm received full organic status in August 2010 and is now planting a new fruit and nut orchard in a 7 acre pasture beside the existing pear orchard. In years to come they will be harvesting (and selling!) apples, plums, cherries, figs, apricots and more.

Fruit and veg scheme farmer

Farmers' market: seasonal (usually from September to December)

Antony 07968 805299

Peach and Pippin
Rebecca Leek and Ian Warder

Peach and Pippin is the new incarnation of Marina O'Connell's smallholding in Manningtree, Essex - four acres of organic paradise, a teaching centre, a woodland, an orchard, a food provider, an incubator, a spreader of goodwill and a home. The family-run enterprise was set up by Ian and Rebecca who live with their three young daughters, Romily, Miriam and Gwendolyn. Both Ian and Rebecca are teachers but also have a habit of complicating their lives with social enterprises, green projects, apple pressing extravaganzas, and lots of gardening. 

Ian has a history in environmental education and enterprise, teaches mindfulness, meditation and Chi Gung, and plants marigolds wherever he goes. Rebecca works in education as a system leader for a multi-academy trust although originally trained in music and arts leadership. She drives an electric car and makes a mean chocolate brownie.

Rebecca and Ian saw that the Apricot Centre and all its wonderful orchards and spaces was for sale. Ian had always wanted a van and Rebecca dungarees. It seemed the perfect match.

Follow @peachandpippin on Twitter and Instagram.

Farmers' market: seasonal (usually soft fruit from June/July, plums, apples and more from August to December)

83 Manningtree Road, Manningtree Essex CO11 2LY 01206 230425

Alison Bond

Alison Bond grows organic soft fruit as well as cherries, redcurrants, and greenhouse crops on her smallholding in Manningtree, Essex (just up the road from Marina O'Connell). 

Farmers' market: seasonal (usually July to August)

Contact via Growing Communities

Stour Valley Organic Lavender Company
Mark de Roy

Mark and Adrienne de Roy grow organic lavender in the Stour Valley on the borders of Essex and Suffolk.  They distill their own essential oils from English and French lavender which is the base for all their products. They sell soaps, handcreams and the lavender oil itself as well as more unusual products such as lavender honey, lavender marmalade and lavender shortbread.

Farmers' market: monthly (usually the third Saturday of the month)

Copperas Wood Farm Wrabness Road, Ramsey Essex CO12 5NE 01255 880731

Eric Beaumont

Eric Beaumonth is a Hackney-based bee-keeper who sells honey and beeswax from hives in Hackney, Walthamstow and Tottenham Marshes at our market on a seasonal basis. He also often has comb honey and baker's honey (slightly too "wet" and often starting to ferment - perfect for cooking). He is usually at the market in late autumn and in the weeks leading up to Christmas, though after a particularly good harvest, he may pop in at other times of the year.

Farmers' market: seasonal

Contact via Growing Communities

Mrs Pepys Pies
Kathryn Packer

Mrs Pepys (aka Kathryn Packer) makes delicious pies (and sausage rolls) using organic meat from Longwood Farm (also at the market) as well as veggie pies with market vegetables.

Kathryn aims “to create wholesome and comforting food". Everything is homemade in her own kitchen and transported the short distance to the market by bicycle. Her pie venture is named after Mrs Elizabeth Pepys, the wife of noted London diarist Samuel Pepys – and reflects Kathryn’s love of London as a bustling, metropolitan city, where food is a source of excitement as well as sustenance. Mrs Pepys Pies are very popular and customers also love Kathryn’s homemade organic beef dripping which she sources from Longwood Farm, renders and sells on her stall. Mrs Pepys Pies are happy to make pies to order or for special occasions – such as customised Valentine's Day pies. 

Farmers' market: Mrs Pepys is taking a break from the market to develop her business, but is planning to be back in January 2018
 

 

Twitter @mrspepyspies

Grahame Hughes

Grahame Hughes has been growing organically in Norfolk since 1982 and selling produce from other organic farmers in East Anglia since the early 1990s. He founded and ran Eostre Organics, the marketing arm of the East Anglian organic growers co-operative until it folded in 2008. Grahame and Lizzie Hughes, together with their son Josh, still grow veg in their greenhouse in Bunwell, Norfolk. They also run a wholesale business that provides much of the veg for the box scheme, as well as the bananas, which are imported from organic growers in the Dominican Republic.

Fruit and veg scheme farmer and wholesaler

c/o Growing Communities

Langridge Organic

Langridge is an organic wholesaler selling UK-grown and imported fruit and veg through Covent Garden market. It also has its own farms, including Langridge Farm in Devon, which is run by David Govier. The farm consists of 270 acres of traditional mixed organic land, split between vegetable production, livestock and mixed managed woodland. David’s main crops are spinach, chards and kales. He also grows some wonderful purple and white sprouting broccoli along with hearty cabbage.

Fruit and veg scheme farmer and wholesaler

Unit A53 - A58 New Covent Garden, London SW8 5EE   020 7622 7440

Organiclea

Organiclea is a workers' coop based on the edge of Epping Forest in the Lea valley. They grow fruit, vegetables and herbs at the Hawkwood Nursery market garden outdoors and under glass. Like Growing Communities, Organiclea's star product is its salad, with a mix of over 40 different plants evolving through the seasons, but it also supplies celery, squash and other veg to the box scheme, as well as providing some strawberries in the summer. The site offers regular volunteering opportunities for those with or without previous growing experience, as well as both formal and informal training and skillsharing workshops involving practical work on the site.

Fruit and veg scheme farmer

Hawkwood Plant Nursery 115 Hawkwood Crescent Chingford E4 7UH 020 8524 4994

Mole End Farm
Paul Ward and Sara Rowan

Paul Ward and Sara Rowan started growing fruit organically in 1994, after discovering that 90% of the UK organic fruit market was supplied by imports, sending the environmental benefits of these production systems abroad. They now grow fruit on five sites in Kent which include conservation areas to provide bio-diversity and a home for natural predators who feed upon the crop’s insect pests as well as offering a wealth of habitat for native wildlife. They grow apples for the box scheme.

Fruit and veg scheme farmer

c/o Growing Communities