Saturday, 27 March 2010

Update on The First UK Underground Farmers & Craft Market

On the 28th March The Underground Restaurant will be hosting the first Underground Farmers & Craft Market in the United Kingdom. There's been one in San Francisco started by Iso Rabins which was a tremendous success. They've just had their third underground farmer's market and there will be a conference 'Kitchen Table Talks' on the 29th of March in San Francisco with the movers and shakers of the SF underground food movement.
I want to encourage first timers, locavores and quirky Londoners to come and sell their wares (free for stallholders)'s gonna be a mashup between an edgy cool entrepreneurial anti-establishment anarchist fair, Borough market and...a school fete!
This is also a fantastic opportunity to meet some supperclub hosts and hostesses outside of their dinners, giving you a chance to chat to them.
There will be tastings and a cooking demo by to make mini focaccia shots...then we will eat them hot out of the Aga.
Other demonstrations include a talk on making cheese in Peckham airing cupboards by @handyface, basket weaving with Terence McSweeney (who will also show kids how to make little woven fish for £2), wine tasting with
Do bring cash to buy things as no credit card facilities will be here...however there is a cashpoint machine at the nearest tube.

Stall holders so far...
Aforkfulofspaghetti will sell her chocolate goods
Pash & friends will sell cordials, paintings and chutneys
The Shed supperclub will sell food and her mum will sell her knitted kitchenware and is available for a knitting surgery
New supperclub hostess Afternoon tea at 410 ( @MissJordi_M ) will sell cupcakes
Crumbelina will be selling cakes and other baked goods possibly from my bedroom
Alexis, supperclub hostess of Lexeats will sell gorgeously kitsch 50s handmade serviettes

Soups, stews, cakes and marmalade from Kitchenconfidential
Gloria Nicol of The Laundry will be bringing screenprinted kitchen textiles and preserves
Vegan cafe Pogo cafe will be showing their fermented food (kimchee), vegan baked goods, vegan walnut and cashew cheese.
Food blogger Kavita of Kaveyeats will be selling her authentic indian chutneys and jams
Paladar hostesses Carla and Lesley of The Secret Gardens will sell Spanish goods and tortilla espanola...ole!
Blogger and crafter extraordinaire BelgianWaffling will be selling her 'arse biscuits' and other handmade items...
Charlie Beldam of Cotswold Gold who will be selling his rapeseed oil
Euroburner Emily of House of Chutney will be selling Peach Date & Chilli, Beetroot & Orange and Spiced Tomato chutneys with tempero, a garlic seasoning (pictured below). They talked 'chutney chat' about the Underground Farmers & Craft Market on Resonance FM with George Barker at 9pm on 19th March.

The Hatcham supperclub hostess Rachael Curzons will be selling her curds
Supperclub hostess Kitchen Jezebel of The Last Supperclub will be talking and demonstrating how to make natural cosmetics & selling craftware
Scarlett Cannon, allotmenteer, will sell her t-shirts and plants
Samphire will be coming from Norfolk to sell their prize winning sausages and pies (Giles Coren's favourite pie)
Porridgelady, current holder of the speciality trophy for the Golden Spurtle World Porridge Making Championships, will be showing how to make the perfect bowl of porridge and selling spurtles!
Little Miss Delicious will be selling her handmade jewellery (below)

Emily Boyce and her friend Immy will be selling veggie sausage rolls, cheese straws, savoury biscuits etc, homemade pasta and sauces, candles in tea cups (made by her sister) and biscuits, fruit compotes and granola.
Jane Ennis will be selling knitwear
Potters Lane Bakery will be selling baked goods...
Dazzle1411 offer a wide range of bespoke products covered in crystals such as handmade phone covers for Blackberries
MarciaVidal will be selling handmade jewellery,
IsisImaginings will be selling handmade cards
James Phillips of Dose Espresso will be giving a coffee making demo and selling cups of coffee.
Suki & Me will be selling their Alice in Wonderland inspired chocs, biscuits and cakes (below)
Deaba will be selling pitta bites, spicy plantain balls and blackeye beans savoury cakes
Moelfaban supperclub from Wales will be selling Welsh fare...
White Room Supperclub will be selling their German baking...Easter chocolates and cookies
Paintings and watercolours by Margaret Rodgers

Demo schedule:

The kitchen:

2.30 coffee demos by Dose Espresso
3.00 How to make great porridge by Porridge Lady
3.30 Mama Lan shows how to make chinese dumplings
4. 00 msmarmitelover's focaccia shots
5.00 handyface shows and talks about cheesemaking in peckham
5.30 Neil Spencer will be talking about astrology and food
6.00 Kitchen Jezebel will talk and show how to make own cosmetics

Outside...basket weaving by Terence McSweeney
Elsewhere knitting surgery by The Shed's mum
Isis will be showing how to make cards

If I've left anybody out please let me know...

This event is listed, along with other farmers markets and food events around Britain on Henrietta Green's site: Food Lovers Britain

This list will be updated as more people contact me to sell their stuff... and if anyone would like to run a workshop, to teach a food/craft related skill, please get in touch

Many people make great produce at home, but do not have a commercial kitchen. They are often intimidated by high startup prices and the commitment of a conventional farmers market. This Underground farmer's market is an opportunity for them to test the waters, sell what they make. I'm not charging stallholders...which is a reversal of the usual thing where stallholders pay and the punters come in for free. But I want to encourage people who may not have done a stall before...therefore the goods will be unique and individual not just the usual suspects! But guests pay £5.50 entry fee which will be well worth it as I'm sure you can see...via If you book a ticket and last minute, some friends or family want to accompany you...they can pay on the door.


  1. Sounds super fun! Will try to make it if I can!

  2. This event sounds so exciting, I suspect that we will all be buying each others goods and go home with no money but lots of goodies. Can't wait.

  3. I'd like to come, could you tell me if you're close to transit, and whether I can fit a small pushchair in?


  4. Sounds great! REally looking forward to it.

  5. This is going to be great!
    I haven't much stock left from that one-off stall I did so will try and make some more before the 28th so I have a reasonable stock/ range!

  6. Workhouse Coffee would love to participate will bring it up at our next staff/beer meeting and see who can get in there with what kit

  7. We're looking forward to it!

  8. ooo this sounds cool - can you pay on the door? If I'm not too hungover it would be cool to come down xxx

  9. Can I come and sell my delicious pies? All the way from my Norfolk smallholding ?

  10. Sounds like a brilliant event, I am away that weekend otherwise I would definitely loved to have popped over or sold something for you.

  11. hi Erin: yes no problem, we'll find a place. I'm very near Kilburn tube and Brondesbury overground...exact address is sent after you've bought a ticket on
    Krista: hope to see you
    Cardinalagogo: email me at
    Hello: of course you can (got any non meat pies for veggies?)
    Curious cat: you know the address ect so just come but for security reasons I'm mostly selling the tickets via the website

  12. This sounds is still possible to do a stall, or are all the places full? I make knitwear..flower brooches, berets, Shetland Lace scarves, I am doing a stall at Hampstead Community Market the week before. How can I contact you for further info?
    (My real name is Jane Ennis)

  13. I've been selling at the San Fransisco market, and it has been such fun! Good luck to you all!

  14. Thanks Urban preserves...I hope it is as successful as the San Francisco one and spawns plenty of home grown entrepeneurs...

  15. Am very much looking forward to it! See you Sunday!

  16. I'm literally DEV to be missing this extravaganza. Well done K for pulling it all together - I'm sure it will be a reet hoot. X

  17. Wish I could be there, but I'm heading up to Liverpool for the weekend.

  18. This sounds absolutely fantastic and what a fun thing to do! Wish I could be and wish they had something like this around Chicago! Enjoy!!!

  19. What an exciting event ! Wish I was in London to enjoy it! I will ask my cousin andrew if he knows about it!

  20. My least favorite is looks great, can't wait to try this. Sometimes there are hundreds of these and not a single one about whether or not the recipe is a complete waste of time. Why comment if you haven't tried it? Come back when you have something useful to share.


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