THESE ARE A FEW OF MY FAVOURITE THINGS……
THIS WEEK AT CRYSTAL PALACE FOOD MARKET: We’ve got carol singers, a kids dance performances, our resident piratical story teller & kids xmas crafts & more to help us get in the spirit. Plus firefighter & balloon artist Rocky Balloons will be joining us.
If it’s food that gets you in the mood – check out our Christmas orders. You can pre-order seafood, birds, roasts, chipolatas, stuffing , hams, pies, gluten free goodies from Elvira or Owl Kitchen, and cakes from Brett & Bailey or Eat & Mess.
It’s Handmade Palace’s special Christmas Fair on Sunday at The Alma. 35 artists and craftspeople will be selling their locally made art and craft, plus winter BBQ, mulled wine, entertainment from local musicians and vintage Christmas tunes with Rose and her gramophone. That’s Christmas pressies sorted!
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Christmas Markets: 12 December, 19 December
Closed: 26 December, 2 January
Reopen: 9 January
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.
Kids – Rocky Balloons is coming to visit with his lovely balloons. 12-1pm, approx. Donations welcome for Cancer Research. Rocky is also available for party bookings.
Kids – storytelling with The Man from Story Mountain: Pirate Adrian will be telling his special brand of Christmas stories, with books available to buy (some half price). Suggested donation £1. 11, 12, 1pm, 2pm.
Kids – street dance performance: As part of their Christmas celebrations, the Perfect Circle Dance School kids will be performing for us. Outside Antenna Cafe, 12:30pm.
Christmas Carols – Join Katie Rose & her merry band of buskers. Katie says “Singers welcome to join us for fun, friendly seasonal singing amidst the lovely traders, shoppers and colourful produce at award-winning Transition Town Project, Crystal Palace Food Market. Info: Gather at Antenna Cafe (outside Antenna Studios) at 12pm, for warm up and singing of seasonal songs. Dress for all weathers – wrap up warm and feel free to wear seasonal sparkles. :)”
Guest lunch – Vietnamese & Malaysian street food from Mui Mui: Oksoon & Jia Nee tell me “We’re making Vietnamese grilled beef; Vietnamese chicken with lemon grass and turmeric; Malaysian chicken laksa soup; Malaysian vegetarian nasi lemak. We’ll introduce 2 new dishes next month.”
Wine by Wine Scouts: Wine elf Pedro says “I’ll open the Limoux Chardonnay Toques et Clochers, perfect for the Xmas Turkey dinner: This is our “Petit Meursault”. The elevage of the wine is in new oak, which confers complex flavours of melted butter, nuts, caramel and toast. There is also a delicious lemony twist in the finish. Yet another wine where the accent is on terroir and minimal intervention. Ages wonderfully too.”
Beer by Clarkshaws Brewery: Beer made by Lucy & Ian in Loughborough Junction.
Preserves by Bickerton’s: Sauces, rubs, moreish nuts, chilli jams and more. Andrew says ” We have our full range of sauces, chilli jams and some great gift sets for the foodie in your life. We also have just eight jars left of our bhut & bonnet limited edition chilli jam so don’t be late.”
Gluten free by Owl Kitchen: Mrs Christmas Mel is making “Christmas cakes, Christmas puds, mince pies, carrot cake, lemon drizzle sandwich, apple flapjack, chocolate brownies, best gluten free sausage rolls ever, Palace pasties, peanut butter squares, chocolate orange cake, vegan courgette & banana cake.”
Cakes by Brett & Bailey: Santa Joe says “Christmas is almost upon us, so join us for our probably our most festive stall ever! Not only will we have plenty of our luxury Christmas puddings (made with figs and cranberries, and fed with VSOP calvados for the perfect finish to Christmas lunch – reserve yours here), but we’ll also have our special recipe panettone packed with fruit and vanilla; the last of our luxury Christmas cakes (get there first thing if you want one); bags of spiced Christmas cookies and fragrant Turkish delight; and a basket full of our delectable stollen swirls – which have just beem declared one of London’s very best stollen by About Time Magazine.
There’s also going to be plenty to indulge in on the cake parade – we can’t wait to show you our brand new ‘White Christmas’ cake (all will be revealed), and we’ll also have chocolate clementine cake, our signature double carrot cake, a baked chestnut cheesecake dusted with fine organic cocoa, and our favourite apple and salted caramel cake too. If that were not enough, you can expect peanut butter bars; mint choc chip cookies; our delectable classic brownies with Fairtrade dark chocolate, pecans and fleur de sel; plenty of mince pies; gooey sticky buns; and a partridge in a pear tree…
Going to miss the market? Need a whole cake? Last orders in the online shop ismidnight on Wednesday, for delivery on Saturday 19th. Merry Christmas!”
Local author Douglas Thorp will be here with his new book Amateur of Live and Death. Buy a copy, get it signed, support local talent and help Doug pay for more New Zealand Pinot Noir.
Tea, herbs & more by Gipsy Hill Herbs: Sarah says “Try a cup of Gipsy Hill Herbs’ Mulled Apple Juice this Saturday. Made with our very-tasty-and-good-for-you-too Immune Boosting Mulling Spices, it makes a delicious non-alcoholic alternative to mulled wine – children love it too – and you can also add the spices to wine or cider. Elderberries have long been used to treat coughs and chest infections and new research is beginning to show that they really do work. It seems that they have significant antiviral properties that help in fending off and treating the symptoms of colds and flu. Try this delicious drink to keep out winter chills and build up your immunity.Our teas and herbal salts will be on sale as usual and we still have a few of our beautiful glass tea infusers left.”
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 forerib of beef. Pastured fed, organic. Raised by Jayne & Michael on their farm in East Sussex. 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 “Cavolo Nero and fennel sausage; Black truffle and Parmesan; Artichoke, pecorino and thyme; Mushroom and mascarpone; Tomato sauce.” Check out this great write up about Emanuela.
Cured sliced meats from The Charcuterie Board: Owen is excited about Christmas… “It’s first come, first served for Christmas orders, 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’s been too busy to write me the full list today. He says they’ll have sea bass, lovely red mullet & loads of other good stuff. 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: Merry Wade says “So this week we’ve got body butter and raw chocolate, made by the lovely Jess.” 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: 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 christmas, chocolate and jam puddings (all sizes); tinned meats (especially ham & chicken in sauce); tinned fruit; mince pies. Including the latest drop off (Tuesday 8 December) we’re now up to 699.9 kilos! Thanks everyone. Collection point at the market every week.
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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.
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.
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)