We love discovering food that is not just a bit local but super-local, from right on our doorstep. We've managed to find some fantastic producers very, very close to our shop in Crouch End, so here's a shout out to our local food heroes!
Jim and his Kim Kong Kimchi
Jim and his crew make their spicy kimchi right here in Hornsey, in small batches that are left to ferment for up to two weeks. This kimchi was awarded two stars in the 2019 Great Taste Awards, and now has quite the local cult following.
Damian Currie of El Niño Hot Sauce
El Niño was created by chef Damian Currie while he was working in a café in Haggerston a few years ago. He wanted to invent a spicy sauce that would work well with the café's breakfast and brunch food, but could also go with BBQs and work as a marinade. He now makes and distributes El Niño Hot Sauce from his base in Crouch End - and he donates a percentage of profits to the national marine conservation charity Surfers Against Sewage, which empowers communities to protect oceans, beaches, waves and wildlife.
The Chef and the Shoegirl with their Peanut Butter and Dukkah
Dino and Nikki's passion used to be travelling the globe, but then the world had other ideas and they found themselves grounded in North London. They turned to making small-batch jams, chutneys and baked goods in Stroud Green, selling at many of the local farmers markets... and to Fridge of Plenty. We're delighted to stock their peanut butter and dukkah spice mix, based on Nikki's own family recipe. Dino is a trained chef while Nikki has an obsession with shoes, hence their name!
Ben and his Stroud Green Bees
Our newest local supplier, Ben has two bee hives at the bottom of his garden in Stroud Green and we're pretty sure his honey is the most local we could find. Ben has been a beekeeper for about six years, and says his bees enjoy buzzing around Parkland Walk, Finsbury Park and lots of neighbourhood gardens to collect their nectar. The result is a delicious, rich, amber runny honey - a big thank you to the bees who make it!
Picture credit: HughJLF