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Winter sun and fine foods

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Q: What is a really, really good way to end a week full of snow and rain and transport disruptions and construction work at home and associated general madness?

A: Hope the Sunday morning dawns bright and sunny, and when it does, you pick up your camera gear, put on your flaneuring boots and head off to the Chiswick Farmers and Fine Foods Market!


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Chiswick Farmers Market


I took the picturesque route down the Chiswick Mall (the posh Chiswick riverside walk down the Thames) that leads to Dukes Meadows. The Chiswick Farmers and Fine Foods Market sits in the Grove Park Farm just beyond Dukes Meadows every Sunday morning, and is a collaborative initiative by the Dukes Meadows Trust (formerly called Friends of Dukes Meadows).


Chiswick Farmers Market



Chiswick Farmers Market


If the sound of a Farmers Market brings to mind visions of scores of stalls bustling with people, then this market is a surprise. It's tiny - with only 10 to 15 stalls at any time but the moment you enter the Grove Park farm your senses are pleasantly assaulted with the smells - fresh fruit and vegetables, freshly baked sweets and cakes, savouries, Moroccan delicacies, freshly ground coffee, flowers, fresh bread, barbecued hetties...


Chiswick Farmers Market



Chiswick Farmers Market



Chiswick Farmers Market



Chiswick Farmers Market



...it's a really tough choice between succumbing and clicking!


Chiswick Farmers Market



Chiswick Farmers Market



Chiswick Farmers Market


Chiswick Farmers Market



And then there are the sounds - friendly haggling between farmers and customers - some of them regular and familiar, some amblers and photogaphers like me, children playing at the adjoining Dukes Meadows play area, and the profusion of pet dogs. I think the presence of a seller dedicated to home-baked dog biscuits explains it.


Chiswick Farmers Market




Chiswick Mall and Farmers Market - Feb8th18




Chiswick Farmers Market



Chiswick Farmers Market




Chiswick Farmers Market


The proceeds from the market are dedicated towards the conservation of the Dukes Meadows area, which, according to the Trust, has lost its former glory in the last few years. To me it still looks stunningly beautiful and is the perfect antidote to to the city life that I live just a ten minute walk away from this place - an urban life in stark contrast to the overwhelmingly verdant, almost-rural setting of this market. Two hours spent walking here and I'm rejuvenated for the rest of the week ahead.

I'm saving the haven that is Dukes Meadows and Chiswick Mall for another post. This one's all about the Farmer's Market, which deserves its own glory. Just don't blame me if you are hungry now.


5 comments so far:

Nash said...

From snow to sun - all in a week!
Love the warmth of these pics. Did the black Cocker Spaniel get any of the Miss Priss "clever" dog biscuits?

SloganMurugan said...

wow. What a change!

Shipra Chauhan said...

mmm..interesting..moroccon at the farmer's market! the brits are developing a strong palette for spices eh?
i would not have believed the farmer's markets are on already...but given the beatific sun...why not.
its especially sunny this week over here too...i wonder if the farmers are back in the city:)
more like the return of the farmers! the harbinger's of spring.
i can smell those breads in the last pic...and i want the doggy biscuits! :D
lovely change on the blog. and timely too.

Flaneurbanite said...

Nash: I don't think so. Poor guy was whining away. I briefly caught his attention there.

SloMo: It was, but all too brief. It's been raining ever since!

Shipra: Moroccan and Lebanese food is very popular in London, just like Indian! Spring is still a couple of months away here - we're right now in the peak of winter. A large number of farmers markets in London run almost perennially, but there's the 'dry season' coming up - from about Feb to May, nothing apparently grows...perhaps that is why the focus here was on cooked foods rather than raw vegetables and fruits:)

Shipra Chauhan said...

hey-
well i checked on the farmer's mkt schedules here and quite few major ones are year round. but some start only in the summer (not even spring!)
the difference is that you will find a lot of fresh produce here- even in the year round ones. no moroccan or lebanese that i have ever come across:)
for those hot delicacies you gotta trot the street fairs, really small scattered ones that come up all over the place in spring. and focus is solely food! of course cuban, greek and mexican rule the roost. and hambhurrrgers! :)
food foodie foodsiesta! i get in siesta mode everyday after lunch :D
thats probably a true sign of a satisfying meal i say...
so did you do any nibbling there? tell me you brought home the bread!

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