But in fact this independent market has taken off and regularly attracts a mixed crowd of regulars, curious passers-by and locals. "Our customers are as varied as the produce, proving that all sorts of people choose to buy the best," is market manager Stephanie’s take on it.
Its success is no surprise to Stephanie, who had faith in the market from the beginning, despite facing doubters, she says. "The idea of a market selling speciality ethical produce in Archway was at first met with derision by some who think that only people who live in rich areas are interested in such things".
Though in its early stages, the market has plenty of produce to offer. You can stock up on vegetables from farmer Ted, who grows his produce without using any pesticides or chemical sprays. Organic breads and cakes are on offer from the Celtic Bakers, who also cater for vegans and wheat-free folk. High-welfare organic buffalo products are available from Alham Farm Organics, and sweet tooths can be satiated with Fairtrade cupcakes.
Second-hand books and jewellery and ornaments are also for sale, making the market a good all rounder. Plus, crafty types can stock up on yarn at the wool stall and, in true community-spirit, free knitting classes are available too.
Readily accessible, with Archway, Holloway and Upper Holloway stations all within walking distance and numerous buses passing by, this is a great place for North Londoners to do their Saturday shop. We’re keeping our eye on this up-and-coming market.
Baked at the end of the Piccadilly Line by stall-holder Sue, these cupcakes will satisfy Saturday cravings for something sweet. The flavours on offer are fail-safe but varied enough to please all taste buds; Vanilla, Rose (with real extract), Chocolate, and Lemon (with real organic lemons). Delicately decorated, the cupcakes are a feast for the eyes too. But the true icing on the cake is that all ingredients are organic and Fairtrade. This includes the cocoa, butter and sugar, and there are no artificial flavourings or preservatives in sight. Chocolatey Cupcakes also deliver free to certain areas and can create bespoke cupcakes on request.
By Lorna McDowell
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