Fruit and Veg at Portobello Market
Next after the Antiques comes the fruit and veg section of the market. This is where the locals from miles around come for their fresh fruit and vegetables - thereby proving that there is still life beyond the supermarket.
I'm using the words fruit and veg loosely, as these guys (sometimes girls) dominate this part of the market - although there are a smattering of other food people slipping in; a couple of bread stalls, where i generally buy an early morning croussant; fish monger; a french cheese stall; fresh cakes and so on.
For old fashioned market characters of course you need look no further, these stalls are what you think of as proper market stalls - wheeled barrows overflowing with boxes of produce, their owners calling out their prices in time honoured fashion, of course i can't understand what they're saying and nor can anybody else I know, but their shouts are somehow warm and comforting ... making you think that whatever else happens this little corner will be for ever England.
Late on a saturday is the time for real bargains - the traders want to clear their stocks of perishables, so they will pile stuff into boxes and shout out:
Parnd a Box, Parnd a Box - which means, give me a pound for this box which is overflowing with nice ripe vegetables!
... if you are fond of juicing, then you can get loads of product at this time for very little money.
There are several distinct sections of the market ...
- Antiques Section - from Chepstow Villas to Elgin Crescent
- Fruit and Veg - Elgin Crescent to Talbot Road
- New Goods - Talbot Road to the Westway
- Fashion Market - Street in General and Westway Area
- Second Hand Goods - Westway to Goldbourne Road