Thursday's Child: Kew Village Market

Thursday, June 26, 2014
Last summer, we were in England for Andrew's cousin's wedding. After a lovely ceremony on Saturday, we spent our final day visiting Kew, a village just west of the City of London. We went to see Kew Gardens, but we were fortunate to be there at the beginning of May, the first day in 2013 that their village market was open.

One Sunday a month, the streets in Kew Village are closed and the town opens up to a pedestrian market. The market is run by the community to raise money for local charities. It's a great cause, but even without the charitable aspect, it's a fun opportunity to enjoy a lovely town and support small businesses.

We counted between thirty and forty stalls at the Kew Village Market the day we visited. There was a beautiful assortment of seasonal produce; one retailer sold a great selection of British apple varieties. Quack's Pickles, whose sign is pictured at the top of this post, apparently specialized in Preserved Patagonian Squirrel Fish Organs. (Sorry, I can't vouch for those personally.) Other vendors sold an incredible array of goods from venison to ginger marmalade, from black pudding to Earl Grey macarons.

We were well-fortified by a delicious lunch at the Kew Greenhouse Cafe, and ready to tackle Kew Gardens. I'll write about that next week!


8 comments:

Jess said...

What fun! And what bounty (especially the Squirrel Fish Organs)! This looks like a marvelous place to spend an afternoon :)

Angie Schneider said...

mmm...those olives...I want the whole barrel!

Barbara said...

What fun, Beth. Love that sign!

Valerie Gamine said...

I think I'm constantly down with a case of the collywobbles. :D
Lovely photos! Oh, to be in England...

Alida said...

I have never been to Kew village. I love all those olives and apples. I enjoy going to farmers markets too. The fruit and veg are so much fresher there.
Nice photos and lovely blog :-)

kirstenlopresti said...

Love the sign. Farmers markets are so much fun, and that looks like a spectacular one.

Jessica @ Jessiker Bakes said...

Looks like you had fun! Those olives look sooo good!

Joanne said...

What a lovely market!!

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