Stroud Green Market Summer Term News

Hi everyone, I hope it really will be Summer soon and not just Summer term!

Here's an update about the market in case you haven't been recently. There were so many helpful comments before & after we opened it in September; I tried quite hard to put various things right & steadily make the market better & more interesting. We're now open 10-3 (in spite of what a few of the old signs might still think)

The listing for each weekend is at www.stroudgreenmarket.com/thisweek . In terms of traders, we've now got between 20-25 each time, with more joining every week at the moment. Here's what's either new or particularly exciting in my opinion:

1) fish stall EVERY WEEK
2) Really wonderful Italian cheeses & cured meats (there's also English cheese available from the toastie stall)
3) Organic Veg, Eggs & butter (as well as the "regular" fruit & veg farm)
4) For drinks: a new cider maker to go alongside the Italian wine & seven sisters brewery (all of these are now weekly)
5) every other week: free bike mechanic (best to get in early as he's got a queue!)
6) every single week live music starting about 11:30
7) starting this sunday (6th): to go with the much loved bread by bike there's sourdough bread from Hackney's E5 bakehouse (it's amazing!) sold alongside this last season's olive oil - 4 varieties from a single producer in Calabria.
8) crafts: we have taken on a few craft stalls which are related to food, produce & the natural world, including Alan Briggs & his bughouses, and hand-made lunch/sandwich bags, and (soon) local pottery.
9) there are at least 4 hot food options each week; and we're planning for more as the weather warms.

Please do come if you like - and all feedback is really welcome and helpful! You can always PM me or send a message through the website, or just comment below.

Thank you everyone!

Ed

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  • The Italian cheeses aren't really to our taste, and we primarily used to go for the English cheeses. Now that stall is no longer there we have stopped going. If you can bring it or a similar stall back that would be brilliant.
  • The market's a great addition to the area, thank you for running it. I'm pleased there's fish every week now, though I did prefer the other stall for price and quality, I have to admit.
  • PS A smoked goods stall would be great!
  • edited May 3
    I do still go - but I agree with Arkady, the Raw Cheese stall was the real draw, I go less often now! They used to have a stall in the Archway market which I think has also gone. Apparently the company just decided to pull out of market trading. Sad...
  • But yes, it's a great addition all the same. The quiche and pie man is very good, and the Marsh butchers. Can't afford the wonderful olive oil, or the very dodgily named Italian wine.
  • I know I can't understand why they stopped completely! I think he just wanted a change of lifestyle...anyway I hope enough people like Marco's cheeses which are wonderful, and did you notice that on the toastie stall he's selling English cheese? It's quite pricey but excellent quality, so similar in fact to the raw cheese stall.

    Does anybody know of a good smoke-house in North London or at least someone who is v passionate about it? I haven't found one anywhere...

    and lastly does anyone know of any good spots to look for kitchen/storage space around here? Something like a railway arch would be perfect. It's for a few traders to gang together & store, mature or make their goods, and maybe work together on projects like popups etc.

    Meeting with a young pasta maestro on tomorrow who is hoping to take a stall soon. V exciting!
  • edited May 5
    I believe Purkis fish shop has a smokery in Crouch End but whether it's used for anything but kippers I don't know.
  • Thanks Mike I'll have a look...
  • disappointed the fab Kally indian food stall wasn't there today - very little choice for lunch. hopefully they'll be back - maybe they had another booking ?
  • Do you have non free-from/non vegan cakes?
    I know it's the current fashion but I can tell the difference. Only been once so far as it was a little out of my budget, I'll visit for really good cake though.

    You might think about redesigning your posters and having someone handing out flyers on SGR. The poster outside Tesco (which I only just noticed after I've seemingly walked past it numerous times), doesn't really say much - you should have producers on it.

    There's always a huge queue in the whole foods/fruit & veg shop opposite Nandos - excellent olive oil, raw chocolate etc., organic seasonal fruit & veg, proper free range eggs, cold pressed stuff and all the Whole Foods stuff goes down a bomb in there - there's definitely more custom in Stroud Green if you advertise properly.
  • Rikki, yes she is very popular! I believe back this week but will confirm on Friday in the newsletter...
  • Miss Annie,
    Thanks that's really helpful all of that feedback!
    I agree about the cakes; in fact we're lacking a good cake stall of any kind at the moment but I am hunting & I hope people will share their ideas & contacts.
    The board outside tesco does list many of the things you can buy at the market some of which are quite particular & special...but maybe you're right that it's best to list the producers/stallholders rather than the products. I'll do that for my next board & see if it make a difference.
    Thanks again!
  • It's a shame people talk about the market being expensive. I've always found the meat, fruit and veg to be competively priced with supermarkets, butcher and greengrocer (especially for the same quality) and the other products are little luxuries that are produced with love, blood, sweat and tears. I love the market and wouldn't want people to be put off because they've been told its expensive - a bag of delicious carrots from Perry Court at £1 compares favourably I think.
  • edited May 11
    Yep staples and meat are better quality and competitively priced compared to the supermarkets. I was bankrupting myself on cheese though. But there's a much smaller range of mostly less interesting cheeses now.
  • What is expensive to one person is not necessarily to another. There are a lot of people far more wealthy than I living here and I understand that they are the target audience. That's fine, I was speaking for myself and my budget.
  • Ned very well done in getting Giggly Pig into the market. Their sausages are the best and great value!


    I will be there to fill my bag. The Hop ones as well Scottish are my favourite. If you like a little heat go for. Welsh Dragon
  • Will be popping over tomorrow for some treats and stuff.
    Looking forward to it. I guess the nice weather is bringing more people out?
  • Sorry guys bit of a slow response....thanks Ali, they're amazing!
    One of the most difficult things is getting stalls to be consistent (the giggly pig missed a week due to illness but were back last time. The "new" fish stall seemed to just turn up when they felt like it & not aren't coming back). Needless to say, the busier they are the less likely they are to cancel.
    Going to get more tables & chairs for this summer weather.
    Any other ideas, do say.
    Cheers!
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