"You won't have seen this one before," says one grocer, walking past. In his hand is a snake fruit – pictured below – with its remarkable scaly skin:
How did you mark the New Year? Bizarrely, I ended up in Russia, where a trip to the local fruit and veg market was a real eye-opener.
The weather is getting chilly and the bobble hats are out in force. Recognise any of these stylish gentlemen on the Market?
I love this time of year, with summer firmly behind us. On the Market, it's when the weird and wonderful get their time in the spotlight.
It was sealed with a kiss. Summer finally left us with a last lovely smacker of September sunshine – kindly acted out below by Adrian Conway and Marzena.
As summer edges into autumn, it's a terrific time to enjoy both classic produce and some more unusual nuggets.
The recent scorching weather means early trips to market are a cool and tranquil start to the day, long before the towering cranes nearby swing into action …
Biggest surprise of The World Cup? "That it wasn't so hot. I thought I'd be wearing t-shirts and shorts," says Terry, who I bumped into shopping on the Buyer's Walk.
What does the Market have in common with Robbie Williams, Victoria Beckham and Kate Moss? They are all forty years old, apparently.
It's all systems go. Asparagus is flooding in from all over – more on this prize crop later …