There has been a Farm on site since the late 70s when Stepping Stones Farm was built on a neglected bombsite. Stepney City Farm was founded in 2010 and sis a working Farm in the heart of East London dedicated to improving lives through farming and connecting people to the food system. Every spare inch is used to grow produce, with the outskirts covered in delicious-smelling herbs.
Those dwelling in the farm include attention-seeking geese, a grumpy billy goat, two church-going donkeys who take part in the St Dunstan’s Palm Sunday Service, and beautiful Soay sheep. The guinea pigs and rabbits earn their keep by working as teeny-tiny lawnmowers as well as participating in the Farm’s Furry Tales Project.
Whatever the season, you’ll find the best of British produce: gooseberries, rhubarb, apples and redcurrants – pretty much anything that would taste good in a crumble. There’s also a forest garden with a harvest of figs, mulberries, and raspberries. The on-site café serves dishes using ingredients grown on the farm as much as possible, and high welfare, locally reared meat.
Every Saturday there’s a farmer’s market with stalls selling cheese, bread, meat, veg and fresh juice – everything you need for a good Ploughman’s lunch. You can get your craft on in one of the farm’s craft studios, run by potters, woodworkers and textile artists.
The Farm is free to all visitors and everyone is welcome. As a small charity, donations are always welcomed.
Whether you want to relax over coffee and cake, have lunch with friends and family or need a quiet corner to work in, the Stepney City Farm award winning Cafe is the perfect retreat from London’s buzzing streets.
Serving up the best seasonal produce the Café makes good use the Farm grown ingredients and prepares as much as possible from scratch.
All proceeds from the Cafe go to the upkeep and running of the Farm.
The Farm Shop is open Wednesday-Sunday selling eggs from the chickens, ducks, and geese. Seasonal produce is harvested year-round and sold in the shop, where you can also find delicious foods made by local suppliers, such as teas from Joe’s Tea Co and London honey from Pearly Queen Honey.
Farm-reared meat is on sale occasionally. Chickens are sold live starting in September. Lamb and kid are usually available in November and pork usually once or twice a year.
Stepney City Farm is less than ten minutes’ walk from Stepney Green Underground and Limehouse DLR stations.
Please note that there is no onsite parking available.
Toilets are located in the Rural Arts Centre. There is one accessible toilet with changing facilities.
There is a buggy park available for prams.
Tuesday – Sunday 10am-4pm
Wednesday-Sunday 10am – 2.30pm
Teas coffee and cakes till 3.45pm
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