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Herne Hill in South London feels like a village or small town with a cluster of individual, distinct shops and small businesses, often family-owned, located in a semi-pedestrianised area near the station.
Our market is right at the heart of this bustling Station Square shopping precinct providing locally-produced foods and arts and crafts from within 100 miles of the market. Now in its fourth year, the market draws shoppers from all over south London and further afield, with some coming regularly and others who pop in every now and again to buy a unique piece of jewellery or hand-made craft.
Herne Hill’s street market has more than 50 traders and adds life to a thriving area, providing a Marylebone High Street feel and drawing in shoppers and visitors who might go elsewhere.
At our market, the idea is not only to sell and promote local businesses but to build on the very strong community links already in place. Herne Hill’s attempt to create a thriving shopping environment and neighbourhood and has already won praise from Mary Portas, the “Queen of Shops”.
We were really chuffed that our market won the TimeOut Love London Award for best shop in Herne Hill! We couldn’t have done it without the amazing support we received from our stallholders & customers…so a big thank you goes out to all of you!
If you are a creative resident or local business and would like to get involved please do get in touch. To find out more information on how to apply for a space at this or any of our other markets then please contact us here.
City & Country Farmers Markets
The business was established in 2001 by Chris Elder who comes from a large family of food lovers and is a veteran in the food development market. His first sortie into the world of food was in 1986 when he set up a company producing high-quality vegetarian ready meals which he then sold to Cranks Restaurant chain.
By 1998 Chris had set up a consultancy advising bakeries and chilled foods companies specialising in organic production and spotted the demand from consumers to shop more locally. In a bid to meet this demand Chris set up City & Country in 2001 holding his first successful Farmers’ Market in the grounds of Dulwich College in south London.
Not long after in 2003 he was joined by his daughter Sophie who wanted to help grow the business and assist with the day-to-day running and organisation of the markets. With a degree in fashion and textiles and experience in fashion retail, Sophie runs the Arts & Crafts section of the company as well as creating her own textile pictures in her spare time.
Sophie is involved in the running of all of City & Country’s markets across London and the development and design of the company’s retail brand.
Both Chris and Sophie are ably-assisted by a close-knit team of staff including friendly Lawrence the Operations Manager and efficient local managers who can often be seen at our various markets across London.
1: We will need to ascertain whether what you make/grow/produce/sell will be right for us
The best way to find out is to send us a brief email attaching your produce list or menu (this must include ingredients which shoud be locally sourced where possible). It is also useful if you can attach photos of your produce and stall set up. If all looks good we will then send you an information pack. Please note that even if you have a great product we may not have space at the market you are interested in, in which case you will be invited to join our waiting list.
2: Provide us with samples
In the majority of cases we will require samples of your produce which will be panel tested. These can either be brought to our offices or you can arrange to drop them off at certain markets. All samples should be clearly labelled with ingredients and contact details.
3: Completing your registration
If your samples are approved and you have not already completed our registration forms you must do so now. We will need evidence you have the following:
– A Food Hygiene/Safety Certificate which is less than two years old
– A completed registration with your local council as a food producer
– Public & Product Liability Insurance up to £5 million.
If you have any queries about this please ask when you contact us.
1: We will need to approve your arts & crafts
You will need to send or email us photos of your work (and stall set up if you have any) to be okayed to start with. If you do not make the items yourself they will need to be FairTrade or similar – and we we will need as much information as possible on where they are sourced. If all is okay we will send you our information pack. NB if you make your own skincare products you will need to provide samples – please email us to arrange this.
2: Completing your registration
You will now need to complete our Registration Form and return it to us. You will also need proof of the following:
– Public Liability Insurance up to £5 million (we have further information on this if you require it). NB – You will need combined Public & Product Liability Insurance up to £5 million if you make your own skincare or similar plus proof your products have been tested.
Please click here for our contact details.
A Lovely Oval Farmers’ Market write up from Bryony Harrison of Weekend Notes
Read her review of Oval Farmers’ Market on Weekend Notes here!
None other than Mary Portas visited the Borough Market and gave a special mention to 2 of our producers, Grove Farm and Pieman! She also gave a nod to our market at Alexandra Palace!
Read the article here: Mary Portas – Borough Market review
Our Farmers’ Market at Alexandra Palace was awarded TimeOut Best Local Food Market in London 2008 and is still the current holder of the title! Great news for us and our producers… well done everybody!
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