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Farmers' market produce: My dispatch from London

A look at one of my favourite farmers' markets of all - the Borough Market in London, England.

Farmers' market produce: My dispatch from London


This week’s farmers’ market report is a little bit different. While Will and Kate have been touring our beautiful country, I’ve been spending the past week or so traipsing around their neck of the woods. While in London, I managed to squeeze in a trip to one of my favourite farmers’ markets of all – the Borough Market in London. No trip here is complete for me without a visit to the most famous market in the world. A sprawling market set beneath railways in a maze of walkways, this labyrinth is a must-see for any self-confessed foodie.


Borough Market holds many great memories for me. This is the place where I ate my first ‘proper fish and chips’ on my first visit to London five years ago. 


Your day is best spent just wandering around looking at all the interesting things you might not find at home. Borough Market offers a plethora of fine foods including farm fresh produce:




And I even made a new discovery! These thin, squiggly green stems are called samphires, also known as “sea asparagus” or “sea beans”. I sneaked a quick taste – briny like the ocean, crunchy and oddly refreshing. I’m hoping I’ll be able to find some in Toronto someday.


Stacks of freshly baked bread, including this bread that’s baked in a flower pot:




With London being close to the coast, you’d expect to find lots of fresh seafood:


And fresh ostrich eggs! Sold next to feather dusters, naturally. And check out the size of that yolk!




I topped it all off with a delicious and filling breakfast at Roast, overlooking the Market. A full English breakfast featuring blood pudding, bubble and squeak, sausages, eggs and the works.