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Prince Charles and Camilla

Charles and Camilla celebrate London farmers’ markets


Winter is upon us but that didn’t stop the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall from celebrating London farmer’s markets.

The two visited Swiss Cottage Farmers’ Market to celebrate the 20th anniversary of London farmers.

Their Royal Highnesses met with stallholders and tasted local produce at the London based market. Swiss Cottage Farmers opened back in 1999. Since then, the market has become famous for its wide variety of products selling a selection of Whitelake Cheese, Exmoor Caviar and, items from The Potato Shop.

It was a more personal visit for one of the vendors, Isidora Popovic. Popovic is the owner of Popina, an all-day eatery. Thanks to a grant from the Prince’s Trust 20 years ago, Popovic was able to open up the bakery.

Their Royal Highnesses took their time to speak with a number of vendors. Pictured below is Russell from Whitelake Cheese. Whitelake Cheese makes its product in the Cheddar country in Somerset, producing a wide range of goats and sheep milk cheeses. The company regularly wins awards at national and international cheese shows.

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"TRH meets Russell from Whitelake Cheese. @WhitelakeCheese hails from the heart of Cheddar country in Somerset. They produce a range of goats & sheep milk soft cheeses and continues to experiment whenever time will allow. Whitelake regularly win awards at national and international cheese shows including supreme champion at the British Cheese Awards this year for their British pecorino ?? . . . #swisscottage #nw3 #swisscottagefarmersmarket #londonfarmersmarkets #LFM20 #fieldtofork #farmtoplate #yummyfood #london #celebration #markets #farmfresh #farmtofork #farmtotable #farmersofinstagram #farmersmarketinspo #farm365 #farmlife #farminglife #farmingpics #instaphoto #farmersmarket #knowyourfarmer #saycheese #cheese #goatscheese #sheepcheese #princecharles #dukeofcornwall

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The royals also met with Stein Leenders from Brambletye Fruit Farm. A Brambletye farm means that the farm is a closed system with all farming outputs being fed back into the farming process. Some of the Stein Leenders products include their famous apples, strawberries and, currants.

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"TRH meets Stein Leanders from Brambletye Fruit Farm. Stein Leenders and his colleagues at Brambletye farm to strict biodynamic principles – meaning that the farm is a closed system, all farm outputs being fed back into the farming process. Eggs are laid by some of the most curious and free ranging hens we've ever seen. They grow truly fabulous apples, some of which are crushed into apple juice that is sold fresh and unpasteurised. They also grow soft fruit such as strawberries, currants, blueberries, blackberries, gooseberries, vegetables and oyster and shiitaki mushrooms plus jams, bottled fruit, cider vinegar, cider and fermented products including kvass. ???? . . . #swisscottage #nw3 #swisscottagefarmersmarket #londonfarmersmarkets #LFM20 #fieldtofork #farmtoplate #yummyfood #london #celebration #markets #farmfresh #farmtofork #farmtotable #farmersofinstagram #farmersmarketinspo #farm365 #farmlife #freerange #farminglife #farmingpics #freshlypicked #appleseason #biodynamic #ferments #vegetables #organic #farmersmarket #knowyourfarmer #PrinceofWales

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To finish the visit, the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall helped to cut a celebratory 20th anniversary spiced pumpkin cake. The cake was made by Valerie Janicki from Honeypie Bakery.


To mark the royal visit, over 30 farmers and producers from across 22 London Farmers Markets attended the event.

If you’re wondering if Charles and Camilla got to try these delicious goods, the answer is yes. Some of the products tried included Exmouth Caviar which was presented to the couple with flowers from John Cullen Gardens. The Prince and Duchess met nearly every stallholder and even got to bring some products home.

About author

My name is Sydney Zatz and I am a University of Iowa graduate. I graduated with a degree in journalism and sports studies, and a minor in sport and recreation management. A highlight of my college career was getting the chance to study abroad in London and experiencing royal history firsthand. I have a passion for royals, royal history, and journalism, which led me to want to write for Royal Central.