New Covent Garden Market

While I'm waiting to buy my fruit from our local UK farmers (hurry up sun and get those berries ready!) I've been buying from New Covent Garden Market.   This also enables me to get hold of the more exotic fruits that don't grow here- blog post on passionfruit coming up soon!  I thought I'd share with you my experience of the market.  

Fun Facts:

  • New Covent Garden Market is the UK's leading wholesale market for fresh fruit and vegetables.
  • It's actually in Vauxhall!
  • A whopping 40% of London's fruit and veg eaten outside of the home comes from the market
  • Over 350 varieties of fruit and veg are available- plenty to keep me jamming!
  • and my (least) favourite- the market is open to buyers between midnight (!) and 6am.

So I was pretty daunted for the first visit but luckily they have a fantastic website  which explains everything you could want to know.  Upon parking up you visit the buyers walk (make sure you check the map as we got totally lost on first visit).  The walk is a long wide corridor with traders either side- each one with huge displays of all the fruit and veg they have on offer that night.  

a trader on the buyers walk

a trader on the buyers walk

All the produce is bought by the tray/box- you make your order and pay at each individual traders counter.  Once you've paid for everything it will be collected together and put out on the loading bay for you to drive round and collect.  And in my case ask nicely to have everything fork lift trucked to the car.

the loading bay- collect your goods here.  And avoid the lorries!

the loading bay- collect your goods here.  And avoid the lorries!

And then drive home to bed!  It's as simple as that.   I'm really enjoying visiting the market, and it's interesting to see the difference in produce offered week to week, helping to understand what is in season each month.