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Published November 11th 2012
There are infinite reasons to love living in the big city. We have all the bars, the entertainment, the galleries, the shows and the chance to live the life we choose. One thing that can often be lacking is access to decent, fresh food.
Wildes Cheese brings the best parts of the countryside to central London by making the finest cheese in their micro-dairy in Haringey. All their produce is made in North East London and they have just started selling their goodies at the weekly farmer's market.
So what's it like? Rather than rely on foodie lingo, they simply number all the cheeses they sell, so you can try a few and maybe buy, say the Wildes Number 4 (in this case a soft and crumbly cheese, barely held together by its white coat).
My favourite was the Wildes Number 5 which is made with a generous helping of London Pride ale to give it an extra crumbly coat. You can't really go wrong though. They have tasting sessions at the stall where you can sample all that they have to offer.
Excellent cheese stall at Alexandra Palace Farmer's Market
As the nights get colder and the days shorten to a few bright hours at lunchtime, my thoughts always turn towards cheeses. Cheese and toast for breakfast, cheese salads for lunch and melted cheese for dinner. It keeps you warm.
If you live in the area, it is well worth popping over to their stall. It becomes quickly clear that they are passionate about what they do and are determined to provide something a little different from the field. The big cheese, indeed.