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Location: Lewisham College carpark, Brockley, London

Rating: 4 Stars

Type: Food market supporting local producers and farmers as near to London as possible

Number of GF options: 3 stalls and counting. Not including the obvious stuff!

When: Every Saturday, 10am to 2pm

Contact: http://www.brockleymarket.com/

Brockley Market, set up in September last year is a growing foodie affair that has some true local gems. I have always been a loyal customer to London’s certified farmers markets where you buy direct from farms and producers and can only buy what’s grown within 100miles of London. Sorry no olives, or more importantly coffee. However, I think Brockley market has filled a gap in the market.

An eclectic selection of stalls include local smokers from Greenwich, handmade free range scotch from Egg Boss, a potato stall with a rare varieties, two perry court farm stalls – one conventionally farmed and one biodynamic – for just picked fruit and veg from Kent plus meat, plants, charcuterie and so much more. You can very easily do a weeks shop, which I believe is the sign of a proper food market. It has a great mix without overkill on cakes or food to go unlike some.

So, the bonus is that all this is fueled by the wonderful Dark Fluid Coffee roasting their beans nearby and using local milk. Serious coffee perfection aides a good food shop in my view. For those who CAN eat gluten you’ll find original street food in the form of breakfast burritos, Seasonal high brow street food, The Bowler meatballs and sliders from Mother Flipper to name a few.  Sadly not much of this is gluten free yet.

The good news is that in addition to all this naturally gluten free produce, there is also an increasing amount of specifically gluten free stuff to be found. One of the benefits to not being a certified farmers market, is that ingredients can be more widely sourced, which only benefits the gluten free consumer in return. On my trip I picked up gluten free flower pot bread from vegetarian cooks The Honest Carrot, gluten free sausages and gluten free cake from award winning Free From Baker SugarGrain. Add to that all the meat, fish, poultry, fruit, cheese and veg you can carry and you have a lot of naturally gluten free food.

The market has a lovely friendly chilled out atmosphere. It makes you want to hang around, drink coffee on the rough seating – weather permitting of course. To me it feels like a farmers market with benefits. All of the stalls are kitchen counter cooks, small scale farmers and producers who know their produce inside out. Much discussion was had with Brookland White about the difference in eating quality between their black leg, brookland white and sussex chickens. A lovely way to spend a saturday morning, flat white in hand. Dedicated producers who are there come rain or shine or howling gale its a lovely way to add some unusual seasonal free from foods to your meals.

Plus I love their logo!