We were sadly left with no choice but to cancel the Wreath Making and Festive Food Market at Forty Hall Farm last Sunday.
Although it looked like a winter wonderland, the snow kept on falling and the roads and farm itself were unsafe for traders and visitors.
We were desperately sorry for all our traders who had amazing local food gifts prepared for you, many sell locally so please support them.
Old Bakery Gin, New River Brewery, Forty Hall Vineyard wines and Stepping Lightly preserves can all be bought from Forty Hall Farm Shop, head to Peatchey Butchers in Grange Park for amazing pies and Holtwhites on Chase Side for Christmas bakery . Eat Live kimchi and krauts are available from The Village Wholefood Store on Forty Hill. Wildes Cheese and Esmaes Pantry can be found at Alexandra Palace Farmers Market.
We also have big plans for food events organised in partnership with Forty Hall Farm in 2018. In the meantime have a wonderful break.
DATES FOR THE DIARY 2018
LAUNCH OF MONTHLY
FORTY HALL FARM FARMERS MARKET
SUNDAY, MAY 13TH 2018
Thereafter, the 2nd Sunday of each month
ENFIELD FOOD FESTIVAL
AUGUST 26/27TH 2018
SUNDAY & BANK HOLIDAY MONDAY
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We have stalls available for food and drink producers to trade at The Apple Fair 8th October 2017, interested?Read More
On August Bank Holiday ,we welcomed well over 3,000 of you to Forty Hall Farm to the Enfield Food FestivalRead More
After the horrors of Saturday night in Borough Market, on Sunday morning, Forty Hall Vineyard was a peaceful haven. I went along to their 'open vineyard' day to celebrate English Wine Week and the release of their 2016 Ortega wine .
There is generally a low expectation of the quality of the wine (let's face it, a wine produced from grapes grown in Enfield, North London doesn't raise high hopes.). You will be mightily surprised though!! it's a joyful moment when the wine hits your palate and it dawns on you that the wine tastes really good. What a fantastic asset we have here in North London - a vineyard that produces good wine!
Sarah Vaughan Roberts, who founded the Vineyard as a social enterprise in partnership with Capel Manor College, explained the challenges the vineyard has recently faced with an unusually late frost in April which has had a devastating impact on the vines. Thankfully there are signs of renewal but the it wont be clear how much damage there is until the end of summer as we approach the harvest time in September, but here will undoubtedly be an impact upon the volume of wine that can be produced. This matters greatly as the wine sales pay for the running of the vineyard as a social enterprise, promoting good mental health, rehabilitation and well being for local people through "green exercise" .
The vineyard are raising money through donations and you can also support the vineyard by buying the wine from the Forty Hall Farm Shop, Forty Hall Estate, Enfield and online soon.
You can tour the vineyard at the Food Festival on August Bank Holiday and watch out for events that the Food Gatherer will be organising in the vineyard over the summer too!
More info about here.
The pumpkins are 'curing' in the polytunnel at Forty Hall Farm and they look spectacular. From Turk's Turban to Spaghetti squash the varieties this year are truly wondrous. They'll be in the Enfield Veg Bags and selling in the farm shop soon. Visit our Autumn recipes for delicious squash recipes too.
Holtwhites Bakery's Richard Copsey gets to work kneading his dough in the bakery. It's good to see how a master does it!
Congratulations to Forty Hall Farm Vineyard, Gourmet Goat and Holtwhites Bakery who were all finalists in the Urban Food Awards.
Last year's finalists included Tottenham's Wildes Cheese and Forty Hall Farm for their market garden salad, so there's a lot for the food lover to feel proud of here in North London!