5 In Life in London

Morning in Marylebone Farmers’ Market, London

Tucked away from Marylebone High Street (where my favorite shops Daunt and Claudie Pierlot can be found), is the charming Marylebone Farmers’ Market that comes together every Sunday in the Cramer Street Car Park. In a city full of so many nooks dedicated to weekly displays of fresh produce and organic meats, it’s not a surprise to stumble upon one I haven’t explored before, but it’s always a treat.

Marylebone Farmers Market, London by Stephanie Sadler, Little Observationist

Marylebone Farmers Market, London by Stephanie Sadler, Little Observationist

Marylebone Farmers Market, London by Stephanie Sadler, Little Observationist

Marylebone Farmers Market, London by Stephanie Sadler, Little Observationist

Marylebone Farmers Market, London by Stephanie Sadler, Little Observationist

I didn’t exactly “stumble” on this one though. The Royal Horticulture Society, for whom Jorge now works, occasionally collaborates with London farmers’ markets, adding a new dimension to the experience. He invited me to have a look and who can say no to a morning market or an Autumn day around Marylebone?

Marylebone Farmers Market, London by Stephanie Sadler, Little Observationist

Marylebone Farmers Market, London by Stephanie Sadler, Little Observationist

Marylebone Farmers Market, London by Stephanie Sadler, Little Observationist

Marylebone Farmers Market, London by Stephanie Sadler, Little Observationist

Marylebone Farmers Market, London by Stephanie Sadler, Little Observationist

Working my way around the stalls, I took in all of the colours and smells: the bright yellow bundles of sunflowers, the fiery red tomatoes, the piles of purple beets, the scent of oak-smoked garlic, a deep earthy whiff of sage, the cooked chicken bubbling away in time for lunch.

Marylebone Farmers Market, London by Stephanie Sadler, Little Observationist

Marylebone Farmers Market, London by Stephanie Sadler, Little Observationist

Marylebone Farmers Market, London by Stephanie Sadler, Little Observationist

Marylebone Farmers Market, London by Stephanie Sadler, Little Observationist

Marylebone Farmers Market, London by Stephanie Sadler, Little Observationist

There were crates of potatoes in every variety imaginable, fresh oysters to slurp, freshly-baked scones sandwiching a generous serving of cream and jam.

Marylebone Farmers Market, London by Stephanie Sadler, Little Observationist

Marylebone Farmers Market, London by Stephanie Sadler, Little Observationist

Marylebone Farmers Market, London by Stephanie Sadler, Little Observationist

Marylebone Farmers Market, London by Stephanie Sadler, Little Observationist

There were tables lined with seasonal pumpkins and gourds, a few guys selling “the original oyster mushroom sandwich”, and rainbow rows of bottles of Chegworth juice in flavours like apple and elderflower. Plenty of samples on hand, of course.

Marylebone Farmers Market, London by Stephanie Sadler, Little Observationist

Marylebone Farmers Market, London by Stephanie Sadler, Little Observationist

Marylebone Farmers Market, London by Stephanie Sadler, Little Observationist

Marylebone Farmers Market, London by Stephanie Sadler, Little Observationist

Marylebone Farmers Market, London by Stephanie Sadler, Little Observationist

In the RHS section, womem were teaching flower arranging, there were horticulture talks and you could stock up on herbs and bulbs and potted chillis (that were displayed in their various stages of colour change). Experts were on hand to answer questions and have a chat about gardening techniques.

Marylebone Farmers Market, London by Stephanie Sadler, Little Observationist

Marylebone Farmers Market, London by Stephanie Sadler, Little Observationist

Marylebone Farmers Market, London by Stephanie Sadler, Little Observationist

Marylebone Farmers Market, London by Stephanie Sadler, Little Observationist

Marylebone Farmers Market, London by Stephanie Sadler, Little Observationist

Marylebone Farmers Market, London by Stephanie Sadler, Little Observationist

Whenever I travel (even to different parts of London!), I love to explore the local markets. This one in particular seemed to have very few tourists which gave it a nice community vibe.

Marylebone Farmers Market, London by Stephanie Sadler, Little Observationist

Marylebone Farmers Market, London by Stephanie Sadler, Little Observationist

Marylebone Farmers Market, London by Stephanie Sadler, Little Observationist

Marylebone Farmers Market, London by Stephanie Sadler, Little Observationist

Marylebone Farmers Market, London by Stephanie Sadler, Little Observationist

There were mums and nannys pushing prams, kids pointing to the pumpkins they wanted to take home, couples out for a Sunday morning walk, friends playing catch up over a walk with coffee while stocking up on fresh veggies to take home.

Marylebone Farmers Market, London by Stephanie Sadler, Little Observationist

Marylebone Farmers Market, London by Stephanie Sadler, Little Observationist

Marylebone Farmers Market, London by Stephanie Sadler, Little Observationist

Marylebone Farmers Market, London by Stephanie Sadler, Little Observationist

Marylebone Farmers Market, London by Stephanie Sadler, Little Observationist

To me, markets are often te epicenter of life in a city, especially these smaller ones that attract people who live in the area. They’re full of vibrant hues, full of creativity in the way the vendors display their wares, full of laughter and interaction between strangers – something you don’t find often in this city, full of nutritious, healthy foods and delicious baked goods, full of people having a relaxing day off.

Marylebone Farmers Market, London by Stephanie Sadler, Little Observationist

Marylebone Farmers Market, London by Stephanie Sadler, Little Observationist

Marylebone Farmers Market, London by Stephanie Sadler, Little Observationist

Marylebone Farmers Market, London by Stephanie Sadler, Little Observationist

Marylebone Farmers Market, London by Stephanie Sadler, Little Observationist

It’s refreshing to see these places packed when there are large grocery shops just a minute walk away. It’s fantastic to see people out supporting independent sellers and helping small businesses survive and thrive.

Marylebone Farmers Market, London by Stephanie Sadler, Little Observationist

Marylebone Farmers Market, London by Stephanie Sadler, Little Observationist

Marylebone Farmers Market, London by Stephanie Sadler, Little Observationist

Marylebone Farmers Market, London by Stephanie Sadler, Little Observationist

Marylebone Farmers Market, London by Stephanie Sadler, Little Observationist

There are some 30-40 stalls in the market which has been around since June 2003. Like many of these London markets, it’s a little haven for foodies with its wild mushrooms, fresh pasta, jars of jam and honey and big round plum tarts.

Stock up!

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5 Comments

  • Reply
    Diana Mieczan
    October 14, 2015 at 1:21 pm

    I love a good market and this one looks perfect! One of my favourite things is visiting local markets.Your photos are incredible, sweetie. Hope you’re having a lovely week so far. xoxo

    • Reply
      littleobservationist
      October 14, 2015 at 3:47 pm

      Aren’t they they best? Thanks about the photos and I hope you’re having a great week so far too. Happy hump day! xo

  • Reply
    sgriccia
    October 14, 2015 at 3:08 pm

    Wonderful pictures. I can smell the garlic! I’ve put this on the list of for our next visit to London.

    • Reply
      littleobservationist
      October 14, 2015 at 3:47 pm

      Brilliant! It’s a great little place. Love your hat post, by the way!

  • Reply
    Nadia
    October 16, 2015 at 4:06 pm

    This is very niceee! I pin your post for my nex trip to London, hoping it became real as soon as possible!
    Have a good day

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