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Hey everyone! My name is Mary Shanahan, and I'm the new Administrative and Marketing Intern at Covent Garden Market! You may see me around the Market taking photos, chatting with vendors and talking with customers about what's happening that week! Don't be shy; feel free to ask me about our exciting fall and holiday events coming up! This past weekend, I got the chance to experience a Saturday at Covent. The weather was gorgeous, and so were the flower arrangements at The Wandering Bee Fresh Cut Flowers! Flower arrangements in pumpkins make for the perfect Thanksgiving centrepiece, and you can find them at the Market this Saturday! Speaking of Thanksgiving...if you're still in need of the main course, head over to Chris' Country Cuts and Mark's Fine Meats to get the perfect turkey! What makes our indoor/outdoor Market so special is that you can chat with our vendors if you have any questions on recipes and how to prepare your turkey, (I know it's probably been a while since anyone's hosted a big family event!) After introducing myself to everyone at the Market, I was able to experience a cooking class with Melanie Amadasun. On the menu was butternut squash ravioli with jerk chicken wings, a new recipe for myself and many others attending! It was so special to see Melanie interact with and teach her daughter; it doesn't get more wholesome than that at your local farmer's market!


Please join us ahead of World Homeless Action Day for the 9th Annual London Homeless Coalition (LHC) Soup N’ Bread Memorial Event this Friday, October 7th at 12:00pm on the Rotary Square.


This event is to recognize and honour lives that have been lost with experiences of homelessness (with recognition of the Definition of Indigenous Homelessness)


Click here for more information on LHC.


This is the list, folks! See who you can find at the Farmers’ Market this Saturday, October 8th! Click on their names to find information on pre-orders and to learn more about their farms and businesses!


Check out their websites for more information about their products and to see what’s in season/currently available!


They make it, you bake it. Find them this Saturday!

Potato & Fennel Gratin with Gruyere – cheesy thinly sliced potatoes, with fresh thyme.

Spiced Squash with Caramelized Onions & Crispy Chickpeas – a lovely mix of roasted squash, blended with caramelized onions.

Sourdough Stuffing with Sautéed Leeks – Seth’s bread, cooked up with sautéed leeks, celery, pastured chicken broth & fresh herbs.


If you weren’t able to get your pie pre-orders in from Helm Baked for Thanksgiving they will have pies available on a first come, first served basis starting at 8am on Saturday morning! Get here early before they are gone!

519Pledge for Socks

Come visit the 519Pursuit booth and bring your brand-new socks to donate. The 5th Annual 519Pledge For Socks has returned and volunteers will be present each Saturday at the outdoor Farmers’ Market to collect your donations of brand-new socks until November 12th. We will also have a dropbox located on the main floor on the market at centre court!


You can also consider participating in the 519Pledge For Socks by raising a donation of 519 pairs that will support the overall goal of 100,000 pairs of socks. In the past 4 years the 519Pledge has resulted in a donation of 183,000 pairs of socks supporting 519pursuits community outreach efforts along with 50 other services, shelters and community groups from London-Toronto. 519Pursuit will also have some merch for sale which proceeds will keep their outreach vehicle fueled. Come join the conversation. Look for the tent with the big lantern.


This Saturday, join us in the market kitchen for our cooking class hosted by Doreen Kool. Doreen will be “Dishing up Dutch” where she will demonstrate Olliebollen (Dutchies), Boerenkool (kale and potatoes), and Nasi Goreng (Indonesian fried rice) while focusing on cooking techniques and cooking safety.


Saturday Cooking Class Schedule


Saturday, October 15

  • Kimi Abdullah | Weeknight Soups: Harira and Hot & Sour

Saturday, October 22

  • Jaime Pena | Maple & Roasted Squash Cream Soup

Saturday, October 29

  • Kimi Abdullah | Bubur Ayam (Indonesian Rice Porridge with Chicken)


Doors open at 10:40am, class starts at 11am. No registration is required. First come, first served. 


A side note:

If you are able to, we are asking attendees to bring a donation for the London Food Bank or new socks for the 519Pledge for Socks. It would be greatly appreciated!


Welcome once again to Magpie’s Collected Creations geode workshop! Come enjoy picking out your geode and finding what surprises are within this Saturday, October 8th 11am to 3pm in the old Tina’s Treasury location across from Magpie’s Collected Creations.

The steps in order to succeed in our geode workshops are as followed….

  1.  Select your geode or geodes
  2.  Purchase your geode or geodes
  3.  Take your geode over to the geode cracking station
  4.  Get cracking!

Price for admission is just the price of your geode or geodes so enjoy and have fun!


This Sunday, join us in the market kitchen for our cooking class hosted by Himadri Vyas. Himadri will be demonstrating how to make Gajar Ka Halwa (Shredded Carrot Indian Dessert) and Indian Pulao with Thanksgiving Leftovers.


Sunday Cooking Class Schedule


Sunday, October 16

  • Ankita Vaidya | Vanilla Roasted Parsnip & Pear Soup w/ a Smoked Salmon Crostini

Sunday, October 23

  • Kimi Abdullah | Party Dips: Pimento Cheese and Smoked Salmon Tartar

Sunday, October 30



Door open at 11:40am. No Registration is required. First come, first served. 


A side note:

If you are able to, we are asking attendees to bring a donation for the London Food Bank or new socks for the 519Pledge for Socks. It would be greatly appreciated!


Just a friendly reminder the Market will be CLOSED on Monday, October 10th for Thanksgiving. We will reopen Tuesday, October 11th 8am to 6pm.


We’re so excited for our new London Arts Live Lunchtime Bistro! Every Wednesday in October, local artists will be performing upstairs in the Mezzanine 11:30am to 1:30pm.


Eve has been playing instruments since she was four years old, but she found herself at age 13 with a particular affinity for the cello. Now studying cello as her degree at Western University, Eve is always learning how to create new and interesting sounds with her instruments and experimenting with various genres. Classically trained by nature but folksy at heart, Eve’s performances are sure to be both exciting and timeless.


A violinist, a fiddler…it depends on the day, season, venue, or fellow musicians; Mary Ashton just loves to make music with her violin. Hornpipes, jigs or reels aplenty, a dash of Greek or Arabic song and some soulful renditions of classics like “Summertime”, all spring from her violin with energy and joy.


Lucas Tensen uses his skills as a multi-instrumentalist, instrument maker, vocalist and songwriter to facilitate interactive community events, performances and workshops. After years of classical training as a cellist, Lucas travelled to Senegal in 2008 to learn the kora. Using gourds and wooden salad bowls as resonators, Lucas now makes koras of various shapes and sizes. He also plays the Japanese shakuhachi flute, the rav drum (an instrument similar to the hang drum) and vintage aluminum pots transformed into singing bowls.


The Mom Market London is back for another artisan market! Join us upstairs in the Mezzanine Saturday, October 15th from 11am to 4pm for their Sweater Weather Market where they will have 25 amazing vendors!


Vendors include:

  • Oh That’s Neat
  • Northern Rose Creations
  • Wooly Knitster
  • Backroad Blooms
  • Clark & Clover
  • Umi Studios
  • Forest City Candles
  • More to Lovee
  • Res + Wood
  • Crafting with Shyanne
  • Sunset Gourmet
  • Juliet & Co Soap Boutique
  • Little Town Beauty Boutique
  • Rae of Sunshine
  • New Adventure Designs
  • Scrunchies Plus Co
  • Belle of the Bomb
  • Kustom Kreations
  • Country Barn Boutique
  • Arlene’s Reading Corner
  • Lunah Life
  • The Littlest Soap Shop
  • Balance & Tranquility
  • CTRL+P


Our annual celebration of food, fall, and community is back again! Growing Chefs will be at Market Saturday, October 15th to host a wonderful variety of fall food activities!

🍎 Pie Contest
🍎 Apple Tasting
🍎 Funny Vegetable Competition
🍎 Interactive Activities
🍎 Live Music
🍎 Food Drive for @londonfoodbank
🍎 Delicious Food

And more!

Find the Fall Food Fest out on the square from 10am to 1pm along with the Outdoor Farmers’ Market! Let’s celebrate food, friends!

This event is free for all, but please consider making a donation to Growing Chefs♥️


Something I really loved about the outdoor Market was the live music from the London Arts Council; it’s so nice to see local talent being represented in the community. The London Arts Live Lunchtime Bistro is going to be a great addition to our upstairs space and an opportunity to immerse in the London community, all while grabbing a bite to eat!

Looking forward to meeting more familiar faces around the Market! 🙂

-Mary Shanahan