18 capital markets
Finalists in 2010, London Farmers’ Markets impressed the judges with their consistently high standards of animal welfare – with RSPCA Freedom Food a minimum standard for stall holders in their 18 London markets.
Cheryl Cohen, who has worked with the company for 10 years, believes: “It’s important that our customers can have faith in the farms that they buy meat, eggs and dairy products from. We visit every farm to see how they’re run and check out everything from welfare to how products will be sold. We’re proud that, for example, all our poultry and eggs are minimum free range and that our cooks and bakers need to keep to the same high standard.”
In fact, there’s a wide range of eggs for sale, from duck and chicken to turkey and goose. All free range of course, like Tim Norris's Hertfordshire-based Harvest Moon eggs & chickens. While Rye-based Old Hall farm rare breeds brings mutton and hogget to market from their Herdwick and Hebridian sheep.
The Parsons Nose owned by the Dobson family - farmers, butchers and bakers for over 200 years - run herds of outdoor reared Gloucester Old spots, Large Blacks and wild boars to create tasty sausages, black pudding and bacon. “Their sausage baps are legendary on our markets,” adds Cheryl.
Westmill Farm, on the Oxfordshire border, is run by Paul Sykes. His award winning free range slow growth Hubbard strain of chickens are fed on grain from local farms. The low stocking density and the fact that the birds spend much of their lives free ranging adds up to less stress, a low mortality rate and a good strong immune system.
This Autumn, Cheryl recommends Parsons Nose black pudding sausages with potato and swede mash, a braise of mutton or hogget, a free range egg & roasted winter squash & red onion tortilla and warming home made chicken soup made with a stock pack from Westmill Farm.