Enfield’s Markets

Crowds gather at Enfield Market

Enfield Market

You can’t beat a good market where great quality products and low prices combine to keep punters happy and visiting in their droves, and Enfield is particularly blessed in this area with no fewer than three top notch offerings in the borough.

The first market in the borough was almost certainly held in Enfield Town – on the orders of King Edward I – in 1303 and has been a weekly fixture ever since. Markets have always been a low cost, low risk route to starting up a business and they have thrived in the borough giving traders a start and also attracting shoppers to established shopping areas, helping them to flourish and thrive in even the most difficult economic periods.

Making its Mark-et

Award winning Enfield Town Market has had a special place in the heart of the borough since it was first granted a charter by King Edward I and since then it has gone from strength to strength – culminating in the market winning the Best Large Community Market award from the National Association of British Market Authorities in January 2016.

The win was a brilliant reward for the management team of the market who launched its major regeneration the previous year to improve the quality of the stalls and goods on offer, aiming to make the market the best in North London.

The Enfield market is held in trust for the benefit of people working and living in the ancient parish boundary, and contributes around £250,000 of grants and financial assistance to good causes each year – administered by The Old Enfield Charitable Trust.

With a mix of traders ranging from veterans of more than 40 years’ experience, to second generation businesses and start-ups offering food, clothing, gifts and much more means Enfield Town Market provides a vibrant offer and gives shoppers all manner of reasons to pay a visit.

Open Thursday to Saturday 9am to 4.30pm

Full steam ahead to the people’s market

Bread for sale at Edmonton marketHistorically railways opened up enormous opportunities to areas like Edmonton Green, and it was with the
opening of a new station in the late 18th century that a growing working class population came to Lower
Edmonton. This encouraged housing development and a marketplace became established as a centrepiece for the new village known as Edmonton Green.

By the early 20th century it had evolved into a bustling street market with fruit & vegetable barrows and food stalls, and became what some have described as a ‘raucous Cockney centre’ being the venue for travelling circuses and fairs.

Whilst the physical environment of the market has changed beyond recognition over the past century –
evolving from an open-air street market to the 40 permanent indoor pitches you see today – its original charm has remained unchanged; a key factor in its success. At the heart of this is a feeling of community spirit, a vibrant hub of activity that draws customers into the centre of Edmonton Green and its surrounding shopping malls of national retailers and independent stores.

With the market’s strong connection with the local community, traders are highly attuned to their customers’ requirements and continually adapt their product offer to respond to shifts in the demographic of the local population.

A great example are the fruit and vegetable traders offering an array of exotic foreign produce sitting
alongside the more traditional homegrown varieties. Elsewhere in the market square, there is a huge variety of ethnic goods, reflecting the diversity of Edmonton Green; from African fabrics to Caribbean cuisine, exclusive Turkish jewellery and home furnishings to Mauritian takeaway food and groceries, alongside an eclectic mix of beauty products, clothing and homewares.

Not only does the market meet the requirements of shoppers, it also serves the social needs of many local residents who enjoy the familiarity of the market and continuity of service they receive from traders. In this sense, it really is the people’s market.

Open Monday to Saturday 9am to 6pm, Sunday 11am to 4pm

Hand picked to perfection

The Sidings N21 decided to handpick the best, most hardworking traders they could find and give them the chance to showcase their produce and get a fair price for it.

But there is more to the Sidings N21 than that! It is also a purpose built market that looks after the
interests of the local community in Winchmore Hill and is owned by people focusing on bringing a wide variety of quality produce to everyone in the local area.

Located next to the Winchmore Hill railway station, right by the village green, The Sidings N21 strives to showcase the excellent goods that stallholders are producing and to support the rural economy and employment in the area, building and helping the local community grow.

Originally used as a garden centre, the spacious location is ideal for a farmers market. Anyone who is interested in high-quality seasonal or local foods, chefs, craftsmen, antique dealers or collectors should pay it a visit.

Open every Sunday 9am – 2pm
62 Station Road, N21 3NG

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