From wholesaling bacon and eggs to driving minicabs and tailoring for Debenhams, it's been an unusual career path into fruit and veg for Aziz Ahsak, 39.
It's the sheer scale of the operation that knocks your socks off.
For most of us, the Christmas break is all about food – and lots of it. So we asked some Market regulars what they will be eating when they finally put their feet up:
Grocer Darren Cox, 44, has decided to learn the saxophone. When I call his mobile on a Monday morning, he's just back from his weekly lesson.
It's a treat to meet someone just starting out in fruit and veg. After all, many on this Market grew up in the trade.
The revival of the English apple industry is a remarkable story, closely intertwined with the intriguing life of Melvyn Newman.
In terms of location – and house prices - it's hard to beat the neighbourhood around 359 Fulham Road.
As the crow flies, less than two hundred miles separate New Covent Garden Market and possibly the most intriguing grower in Europe.
Leila McAllister has a fixed routine. "I’ve been coming to the market every week for ten years," she says, jumping out of her navy blue van.