Plenty of choice at new Radlett farmers' market venue
PUBLISHED: 13:31 02 March 2018
Radlett has had a farmers' market at various locations over the years, and I am pleased to tell you that it is back. The Duck Pond Market is now located right on Watling Street, Newberries Parade, alongside the shops, which is much better than tucked away on the train station car park.
We went along last month and there was a very good choice of streetfood and food to take home; people had space to browse in front of the stalls and it was busy for a cold Sunday morning. It takes place on the last/fourth Sunday of each month, from 10am-3pm.
Laurent’s Kitchen was selling French-inspired flame-grilled lunches, and our girls loved the Scottish steak with duck fat roast potatoes, which were piled up in a huge skillet, and looked very appealing. Laurent was also selling confit duck and marinaded chicken, with prices from £4.50-£8; an easy option for lunch if you don’t want to cook.
I chose a large onion bhaji from the Little Urban Chef stall, which was piping hot with generous chunks of onion. He was also selling salads and wraps. The Funky Elephant stall had a good choice of vegetarian and meaty curries for sale, and I bought a tub of their masala sauce to take home, which I used to make a very easy chickpea and cauliflower curry; I would definitely buy it again, as it had depth of flavour from the spices, without too much heat.
Miriam’s Munchies had a great display of cakes including vegan Oreo brownies, as well as some classic bakes (the blueberry buns looked good). McCarthy’s Breads sold savoury bakes to take home or munch as you explore, including samosas, garlic breads, pork pies and sausage rolls. They also sell rum babas; perfect for a Sunday pudding. The Riverford stall had a good display of seasonal vegetables and fruits to promote their home delivery business.
There were also two cheese stalls, including one by local favourite Wobbly Bottom, a Kaffe/coffee stall, and a good range of olive oils from Apulia. You could also buy olives and preserved garlic, and I liked the look of the Turkish delight stall, with the pistachio looking lovely – for another day.
Billed as an artisan market, there were also crafts, homeware and plants. I spoke to the upholstery stall, and was very impressed by a lovely chair covered in peacock fabric, but sadly we don’t have the space; I am sure it will be snapped up soon. The plant stall had lots of herbs, garden plants, and spring bulbs in pots. A small fenced area was home to some ducks, which must be the signature of the market and was drawing a small crowd of children.
I am very glad the market has new organisers and has found a base that should work for Radlett. Markets have tried in Radlett, including at Aldenham Country Park, but this central location will get more passers-by.
The organisers also host markets in Richmond, Highgate, Chalfont St Giles and Ruislip, so they are a good match for Radlett. They are looking for musicians to play at the markets, so do get in touch if you are interested via duckpondmarket.com.
I like that they do not allow single use plastic and packaging should be biodegradable, recyclable or compostable; I am not sure that was the case when I went in January, with one stallholder using what felt like polystyrene, so I hope this rolls out.
Parking is easy along the road, in the station car park or near the Radlett centre. I hope the Radlett residents support this new venture, as it does add a lovely atmosphere to the town, and deserves to do well.