AnnieHall's Qype reviews
Buxton Street, Stepney, London E1 5AR
AnnieHall wrote on 28 August 2010 (updated on 30 August 2010)
My boyf' and I were looking for somewhere to go on a lazy Sunday afternoon with a friend who was visiting for the weekend. After scanning an "out and about" review listing, we stumbled upon a "Strawberry Fayre" that Spitalfields City Farm was hosting.
The review suggested heading down to the farm with a picnic and blanket to enjoy many delights including a strawberry salad recipe demonstration, storytelling and strawberry hunt!
The farm was a little tricky to find on a first visit, and especially given I'd only briefly looked at the address before leaving home! The nearest tube is Whitechapel and apparently it's well signposted from there. Unfortunately, I confidently told our group Old St was the closest tube, so we had a 20min walk - oops! As there's no signs on that route we had to ask directions. Lesson learnt. Definitely use Whitechapel if it's your first time!
Back to the farm...it's a real mix of cultivated vegetable patches, flower beds, conservation areas, children's activity areas and of course, pens and fields for the animals. We saw donkey rides for the kids, pigs taking shelter from the sunshine in huge stys and although we didn't see them, I believe there's ponies, goats, rabbits and sheep too!
The whole area is well tended, colourful and a tranquil space away from the hustle and bustle of the nearby streets and Brick Lane.
The day was great for everyone to enjoy (kids, adults and families alike) and even though their website suggested taking a picnic, after Saskia's brilliant strawberry salad demo, we were all invited to take a plate and dive in. Which we did with great gusto after seeing all the delicious types of leaves she'd used which were grown in the farm's own gardens.
It was a really enjoyable day and so good to be in London, but to have all the fun of being "down on the farm!". It's free to enter and I highly recommended a visit. Although the farm is funded by lottery and local funding, it's still a project which needs huge investment to keep going, so once you've visited, please consider supporting them further with a donation. These farms offer so much to inner city dwellers. It would be so sad to see their demise.