Join Swiss Cottage Farmers Market as they celebrate their 20th anniversary
To celebrate their 20th anniversary, Swiss Cottage farmers market are having a party on Wednesday 25 September, and inviting everyone to join them in a day of music, entertainment and cake.
The cake cutting will happen at 11am, with some of the original market stall holders, the mayor and local MP Tulip Siddiq in attendance.
Swiss Cottage was London’s first every weekday farmers market, holding its first market during September 1999 in the courtyard outside Swiss Cottage library. Since that day it has hosted a number of well-known visitors, including the Prince of Wales and chef and food writer Antonio Carluccio.
In 2001 the site was redeveloped and the market was moved to a temporary location at the 02 Centre’s car park. Then in 2008 it moved to its current location on Eton Avenue.
“It’s wonderful to see Swiss Cottage farmers markets mark such a wonderful anniversary, they have come a long way from the small market outside the library, to the fantastic market now found on Eton Avenue.
“Markets are an essential part of our community, they offer residents and visitors alike a space come together, buy fresh fruit and vegetables and support the local economy. I cannot wait to celebrate Swiss Cottage farmer’s markets fantastic achievement of making it through these past 20 years with such success.”
In celebration of the anniversary, London Farmers Market will give away a basket of produce from the market. To win, complete this sentence: ‘I love Swiss Cottage Farmers Market because….’ and email it to firstname.lastname@example.org with LFM20 in the subject.
The winner will be picked by LFM by 20 September and the lucky person will be able to pick up their prize at Swiss Cottage farmers market on 25 September.
Heidi Fermor of Perry Court Farm said: “Farmers markets started at the ideal time, supermarkets had just taken hold putting many small independent farmers, and wholesalers out of business, and forcing many into monoculture and environmentally unfriendly farming.
“Most importantly it gives the farmers a unique opportunity to meet the customer on a weekly basis, forming many friendships, which are essential for we often work in a solitary industry, and also an ideal platform for trialling new and old varieties and getting an immediate response.”
For more information on Camden markets head to camden.gov.uk/markets