Andrew and I normally yearly cycle from my sisters home in Clapham to see Landridge the vegetable wholesaler that we promote to at New Covent Backyard . We speak climate and greens and attempt to plan what to develop subsequent 12 months.
I bear in mind at Agricultural school going to New Covent Backyard when it had simply moved in 1979. It was all glowing, clear and somewhat futuristic and all of us got here again with a 25kg bag of potatoes or a field of oranges, which was the smallest quantity you may purchase.
Final 12 months after we visited all of it appeared somewhat soiled and run down, as its change into a giant building website, spilling over from Battersea energy station. We had been proven round and instructed yarns in regards to the characters previous who used to commerce and the way it heaved with color and noise. The wholesale market has modified a lot as Massive companies/corporations/meals chains now purchase direct from large farms. The local weather at New Covent backyard has modified together with the local weather each the place else.
However Landriges has moved on to workplaces new at Feltham and Andrew and I acquired a elevate up within the lorry with the bikes thrown in with our pallets of greens. It appears in London there’s nonetheless a market with pop up avenue stalls, specialist eating places and a thriving inexperienced grocer sector that apreciate good high quality recent veg. Our speak on climate and greens was in a hotter, cleaner extra convivial setting. It was additionally Diwali so we got rice and curry for elevenses. Gave us the power to seek out our technique to Busy Park in sunshine and rain to choose up Sus-trans route 4 by way of Regents Park/London wetland centre and onto my sister in Clapham. Its the opposite cyclists in London that give me the close to misses. There are such a lot of of them which is sweet, however they know the place they’re going and I do not and people roads aren’t for loitering on.
Andrew and I like our little adventures particularly if it entails greens.