A new way to shop
A new way to shop for food direct from local producers has launched in Islington.
Rose Fooks, Quentin Lachapele and Caroline Yeats have set up Islington Food Assembly, an online marketplace where you can pre-order produce from local growers and food makers then collect it at a weekly pop-up market every Tuesday at the Islington Town House, in Liverpool Road.
“Quentin and I love food, but our hectic schedules mean we find it hard to visit the food markets in Islington, so we decided to set up our own that would suit busy people who also want to buy great quality food while supporting local growers and producers,” says Rose.
“The Food Assembly is convenient as you can purchase your food online, but also has a community feel as you can visit the weekly market and meet the producers as well as likeminded neighbours.
“Community is at the heart of Islington Food Assembly. We hope to introduce everyone to the local businesses on their doorstep that they may not have even known were there. By choosing to buy local produce shoppers can support the community, as of every £1 spent through Islington Food Assembly, 90p remains in the local economy.
Islington Food Assembly currently has 17 producers signed up, like Love Jam Kitchen, Vagabond Coffee Roasters, Epic Pies and Sutton & Sons Fishmongers. The market takes place from 5.30pm-7.30pm.
There are also two other Food Assemblies in the borough – Kings Cross on a Sunday and Old Street also on a Tuesday night – as well as several street and farmer’s markets.
Rose says: “Islington has so much to offer, there is such a variety of great places to eat, things to see and places to go. I have lived in Islington for six years but am constantly discovering exciting new places; I feel very privileged to live in such a beautiful and diverse part of London.
“There are too many great restaurants in Islington to pick just one: the food at Oldroyd and Sardine is phenomenal, for somewhere special we would pick Bellanger (although I may be biased as I used to work there as pastry chef), but we will forever be addicted to the courgette fritters at Sunday.”