I spent years apartment swapping with my late friend Peter across the street and came to rely on the Saturday morning market as an oasis of fresh, local, healthy food in a city whose supermarkets for the most part make me want to shed a tear, with their frightening potato chip flavors and aisles of ready-made meals and plastic wrap-suffocated fruit and veg.
If you're in London on a Saturday, check out this lovely market, which manages to be small enough to feel manageable (unlike the overwhelming if wonderful Borough Market) while having literally everything you need to produce a balanced meal -- sweet tomatoes, venison sausage, organic chickens, local apples, organic buffalo cheese with wild garlic, organic goose eggs and more -- plus flowers and potted herbs. And there are many stalls where you can buy quality baked goods and prepared foods with a British slant, like steak and kidney pies ready to be popped into the oven.
For more information about the Notting Hill farmers market, go here.
- Kristin Hohenadel blogging from rue Vieille du Temple, Paris, France. She can be reached at kristinh @ apartmenttherapy . com