TIS THE SEASON TO BE JOLLY…..
….and also to start thinking about your Christmas orders. You can pre-order fish, meat (details to come), hams, pies (details below), gluten free goodies from Elvira or Owl Kitchen, and cakes from Brett & Bailey or Eat & Mess.
If you’re wanting lovely local pressies, this week we have Blowing Dandelion chocolates, Billie’s pretty gingerbread houses & decorations, Le Grappin wine, Hiver Beers in gift packs, and lots of art & crafts on Handmade Palace. Or Tayyaba’s samosas? I’d be stoked if someone gave me one as a present!
Due to the winds, our friends at Antenna Studios are kindly hosting Handmade Palace & the kids crafts today. Find them behind the cafe. Thanks Antenna. 🙂
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Guest stalls this week
Kids – ‘Make & Take’ Christmas ceramic decorations with Beth on the Handmade Palace stall (from £3-£4). For £5 your creation can be fired and glazed, and will be ready to collect from the stall next Saturday. Find them inside Antenna Studios, behind the cafe.
Guest lunch – curries & samosas from Simply Tay: Tayyaba says ” My menu for Simply Tay this week will be in lunchboxes due to winds making it impossible to cook out in the open. Meat option – mince potato & chickpea curry served with daahl and tarka rice. Veggie option – aubergine & potato curry served with daahl and pilau rice. And veggie samosas. All can be frozen or kept in the fridge overnight. My aim is to be at the market by 1230.”
Smoked things from London Smoke & Cure: New this week – smoked duck, eel, chicken. Plus favs smoked salmon, smoked butters and cheese, and to accompany it smoked salt, olives, garlic, cashew-nut butter, and preserved lemons. butter, cheese, garlic, salt and more.
Handmade chocs by Blowing Dandelion. Made by Michaela & Krystal.
THEY’RE BACK Wine by Le Grappin: Emma says “We’ve been away from the market since August in Burgundy for harvest. Thanks to everyone who followed our progress! But the grapes are now in, and wines are bottled so we will back in the courtyardtomorrow. Amber will have our Le Grappin Wines refills & bagnum AND new 2014 wines. Unlike the supermarket you can taste before you buy and we have something for every festive budget… Amazing!”
Beer by Hiver Beers: Ale made from honey! Simon tells me they were “Recently named Best Honey Beer at the National Honey Show. Pair the blonde with a buttered roast chicken or honey glazed pork or the ale with roast lamb and beef.”
Gingerbread by Billie: Did you see Billie’s creations at the Scandinavian Christmas Market a couple a of weeks ago? She’ll coming to the market as a special guest with gingerbread houses & xmas decorations.
Gluten free by Elvira’s Secret Pantry: Elvira’s cooking up “Xmas delicacies including dark chocolate, almond and run truffles, mince pies, spiced pumpkin bunt cake, nutty brownie and more. A selection of savoury tartlets and bread.”
Cakes by Cakertree: Made by Naomi.
Regular stalls this week
Lunch – weekly: Deli items from Comfort & Joy, proper ham sandwiches (or pastrami – and you can add cheese too) from The Charcuterie Board and Jacob’s Ladder burgers are back at last!
Comfort & Joy autumn/winter takeaway options: Veggie lasagne with spinach, sweet potato, cream cheese and parmesan; Macaroni cheese (cheddar/emmental/parmesan/gruyere) with leek & bacon; Macaroni cheese (cheddar/emmental/parmesan/gruyere) with leek & sun dried tomato (V); Shepherds’ pie; Beef, red wine and oyster mushroom pie; Chicken, mushroom and celeriac pie; Leek, mushroom and emmantale pie; Thai Chicken curry; 3 bean curry (vegan), Thai chickpea curry (vegan). All are freshly made & can be frozen on the day of purchase. Will keep in the fridge for 3 days.
Meat by Jacob’s Ladder Farms: 20% off organic legs of lamb. Jacob’s Ladder are a collective of tiny organic and biodynamic farms in East Sussex and Kent that farm using traditional methods with rare breed animals, and come together to sell at Crystal Palace Food Market, the only market that Jacob’s Ladder now attend. Help to support these tiny farms whilst knowing that animal welfare is always top of their list.
Handmade pasta from Pastificio Mansi: Head of Pasta Emanuela is making “Black truffle artichoke; Pecorino and thyme; Potato gnocchi; Broccoli, mascarpone, chilli; Goat’s cheese and beetroot; Tomato sauce.” Check out this great write up about Emanuela.
Cured sliced meats from The Charcuterie Board: Owen says “They huffed, and they puffed, but the did not blow the house down. It has been windy, but we are still here, and taking Christmas orders apace! It’s first come, first served, so reserve with us now to avoid disappointment. On the stall this week, we’ll have the usual suspects, ham sarnies, pies, sliced meats, beer sticks et al, but we’ll also have Scotch Eggs, and an example of our new shoulder ham. For anyone who wants a whole ham for Xmas, but can’t handle the monsters that we bring to market, this one is about half size, same cure, but from the front leg rather than the back leg of the pig. Oh, and crack(ling) is back(ling).”
Hams – Whisky & Orange | Treacle
Whole Leg Ham (6-7kg) £120
Half Leg Ham (3-3.5kg) £60
Whole Shoulder Ham (3-4kg) £65
Pies – Melton Mowbray | Pork & Stilton | Smokey Bacon | Pork & Chorizo
Party Pork Pie (1.35kg) £18
Family Pork Pie (900g) £12
Large Pork Pie (450g) £6
Small Pork Pie (200g) £3
24th December – Pick up from Tudor Rd, SE19.
22nd December – Pick up from our warehouse in Peckham Rye
22nd-23rd December – Delivered by courier, £10 charge.
The Charcuterie Board supplies British cured meats from Moons Green & Native Breeds.
Cheese from Blackwoods Cheese: Blackwood’s Cheese are an artisan cheesemonger based in Brockley, who use organic milk from Kent, and also have a selection of cheeses from Neal’s Yard.
Sustainably caught fish from Veasey’s: Dan says “Is it Fishmas yet? Another tough week this week but its calm out today [Friday], our bass are still stiff and gleaming and there will be plenty of those to go around in the morning. Our fish of the moment is gurnard and a couple of recipes for it can be found here. We also have a lot of squid coming up all fished around Eastbourne & Newhaven. Also don’t forget we have our famous fish pie mix every week, sold in 500g bags available if you want to make a comforting fish pie for these cold(ish) evenings.
Sea Bass – whole fish £17.50kg, large wild bass fillets £2.95/100g. Local specials – Sussex squid £1.70/100g, whole gurnard £7.95kg, whole turbot £12.00 per pound. The usual suspects – organic salmon fillets £4.00 each or 4 for £15.00, Manx kippers £1.50 each, cold smoked salmon £3.75/100g, kiln roasted smoked salmon £2.60/100g, whole smoked mackerel £5.00 each, Cornish oysters £1.20 each, Palourde clams £13.95, Cornish mussels £6.00kg, cooked crab £8.95kg, dressed crab £6.00 each or £3.00/100g. You can place an order in advance, or make a special request by phone on 01342 822906, by email on [email protected] on Twitter @FishmongersFR Veasey and Sons. Find their recipe page here and here’s one for any flat fish.
Storecupboard refills from The Grain Grocer: Wade says “We’ve been working on some organic body products and some hand made raw chocolate. We don’t have much but please pop by for a run or a taste to let us know what you think.” You can now pre order on the website for click and collect.
Raw milk, butter, cream etc: From Hook and Son’s farmer Steve’s own organic herd near Eastbourne. There is sometimes ethically raised rose veal from their own herd, alongside organic yoghurt, butter, ghee, cream and yoghurt drinks.
Fruit, veg & salad: Stein & crew at Brambletye, Jason, Paul, Tim etc at Brockmans, Adrian et al at Wild Country Organics and our own CP Patchwork Farm posse.
Brockmans: Jason says “In true Brockmans style we have a phenomenal mix of leaves in the salad this week. Tat soi, mizuna, mustard and red orache among other things. Plus apples & pears, brussel sprouts, cauliflowers, purple sprouting broccoli, spinach, Jerusalem artichokes [fartichokes – teehee], 3 types of potato, 3 types of beetroot, exotic fruits, eggs and much more.” For all our market news, tweets & photographs: Brockmans Farm. Check out more pictures and videos on the farm Twitter feed.”
Brambletye: Stein says “Dear all friends and customers, we have been reviewing our prices over the last weeks and have decided that we are able to offer our lovely produce at a lower price. As Christmas is rapidly approaching and we are all busy spending on presents for our loved ones we hope that by offering our wholesome produce at a better price that people will not have to compromise on enjoying nutritious and delicious fruits, veg and eggs! Come and visit one of our markets and get a real bargain on our biodynamic produce!”
Patchwork Farm: Buy, sell or swap locally grown produce. Everyone’s welcome to volunteer on this stall – just ask at the stall.
Eggs: From Brambletye & Hook.
Bread: From Chas & Momo’s Thornton Heath bakery, Bread Bread (at the Grain Grocer) and Brockwell Bake (on Jacob’s Ladder).
Handmade Palace: Handmade Palace will be housed in Antenna Studios next to the market tomorrow. Ask for directions in the market or cafe if you can’t find them. Local art and crafts. Gift wrapping & cards available. Email Beth for more information, or to ask about joining.
Antenna Cafe: will be open all day for coffee, cake or glass of something stronger if you prefer.
Buskers Paradise: Music from Steve Broe & friends. Want to play? Get in touch with Steve via the facebook page.
Would your kid like a taste of being on a stall? Free stalls available for kids, run by kids, swapping books, stickers, cars etc. Get in touch via email. For ages 6 and up.
Into yoga/ballet/zumba or more? Check out the classes at Antenna Studios
Check out our next door neighbours Haynes Lane Market. It’s a treasure trove of eclectic collectables in there!
The Foodbank: The foodbank needs toilet paper, toothbrushes, instant mash & instant puddings. Including the latest drop off (Tuesday 27 October) we’re now up to 639.9 kilos! Thanks everyone. Collection point at the market every week.
Good stuff locally
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Part-time job at St. Hugh’s Community Centre: “St. Hugh’s are recruiting for a part-time role at their centre on Castledine Road in SE20. This job will be paid at the London Living wage which is £9.15 an hour, and will require some evening/weekend work. You will need to be organised, have good time-keeping and administrative skills, be able to work with a range of people who use the centre, and be willing to undertake the varied tasks which help us keep the centre open and free to all.If you are interested in finding out more about the role, please contact Vicki Papworth – [email protected] / 07525 236796”
Donate Christmas presents to local families: Lorraine says “Would you like to donate to the Christmas Appeal this year and help make someone’s Christmas a little bit special? Please see our Facebook group for more information. The toy shop Papagaio on Westow Street has kindly offered to be a drop off for donations throughout November. We would also need volunteers for the week of 7-11th December to help with sorting, wrapping, packing and delivering. Please email Lorraine or call her on 07522 805 197 to let her know if you can help . Thank you very much in advance for your support, last year’s has been fantastic so let’s try to do it again!”
Christmas Support: Lorraine from the Salvation Army says “If you know someone with children who could use practical support with presents and food in the lead up to Christmas, our Christmas Appeal exists to support local families, all done in confidence.” For more information, email Lorraine or call her on 07522 805 197. If you would like to contribute to this appeal, please join the Facebook group.
Christmas Dinner at the Salvation Army: If you know anyone who would be alone on Christmas day, they are invited to dinner at the Salvation Army. For more information, email Lorraine or call her on 07522 805 197.
Interested in Beekeeping? Croydon Beekeepers are running a beginners course running on Tuesday evening lasting for 8 weeks starting on 2nd February 2016 7.30 till 9pm. This will be followed in the spring by a 4 week practical course in our teaching apiary. The course is for anyone considering talking up beekeeping in the spring. for further information email [email protected]
Want to volunteer at ‘The Triangle’, Barnados? Nicola says “We are able to offer volunteering opportunities for 16 year olds-up to elders and anyone in between. We offer comprehensive training which includes safeguarding, health and safety training etc. Like all organisations, individuals would have to fill in an application form, be interviewed and will also have to do DBS checks. We want to create a valued and learning environment for everyone and can help volunteers build a portfolio of work that they could present at college or work interviews.” Email Nicola for more information.
Want to garden, but don’t have a space of your own? Join the Patchwork Farm crew at the Edible Garden in Westow Park, or at St John’s on Auckland Road. Check the Transition Town diary for details.
Kids – xmas craft with Beth Find her indoors, behind the cafe
Hiver Beers Beer made from honey HAYNES LANE COURTYARD
Le Grappin Wine – they’re back from harvest now! HAYNES LANE COURTYARD
Blowing Dandelion Handmade chocolates
Billie’s Gingerbread Houses and xmas decorations
Handmade Palace Locally made arts & crafts
Weekly Produce Stalls
The Charcuterie Board British cured meats and ham sandwiches HAYNES LANE COURTYARD
Blackwoods Cheese Artisan cheese made in Brockley + some from Neil’s Yard HAYNES LANE COURTYARD
Veaseys Whole & filleted fish, shellfish
Hook & Son Raw milk, butter, cream and ghee
The Grain Grocer Store cupboard refills – household cleaners HAYNES LANE COURTYARD
Bread Bread Find their organic loaves on the Grain Grocer stall HAYNES LANE COURTYARD
Jacob’s Ladder Farms Rare breed beef, lamb, pork & chicken THEY’RE BACK!
CP Patchwork Farm Salad, herbs, seedling and locally grown produce
Brockmans Farm Seasonal fruit & veg, yoghurt, juices
Wild Country Organics Seasonal vegetables, salads, fruit, herbs
Brambletye Eggs, veg, fruit, salad, juice
Chas & Momo Hand crafted bread, sourdough, baguettes, croissant, brioche HAYNES LANE COURTYARD
Antenna Cafe Volcano coffee, well-sourced teas & cake
Prepared Food Stalls
Simply Tay Curries & samosas
London Smoke & Cure Smoked salmon, garlic, cheese and more
Elvira’s Secret Pantry Gluten free sweets & savouries
Pastificio Mansi Handmade pasta HAYNES LANE COURTYARD
CRYSTAL PALACE FOOD MARKET bottom of Haynes Lane / top of Bedwardine Road. Saturdays 10 am to 3 pm.
Now on two sites – the normal Antenna car park site and also in the Haynes Lane market courtyard.
“Meat, vegetables, fruit, eggs, honey, bread, cakes, salads, hot foods, the Cafe Thing, coffee, tea, pastries, cheese, dairy and munch munch more.”
West Norwood Food bank collection: every week at the market. Their shopping list – which changes every so often. – can be found at
(The above is copied from an email; which mentions various links – for full links please go to the market website – Thanks)