Karen Jones and Laura Marchant-Short – who are organising the market along with Rachel de Thample – told the latest meeting of Crystal Palace and Norwood Chamber of Commerce that the market – a Crystal Palace Transition Town project – will include beef, lamb, chicken, and pork (from East Sussex farmers); vegetables, fruit and orchard eggs from Kent and East Sussex; bread from Brixton and Crystal Palace cakes (as well as rotating hot food stalls from local producers).
Karen, whose brainchild the market is, said their focus was sustainable farming without fertilisers or pesticides, and organic food often at similar comparable prices to Sainsbury’s as it would be going straight from the farmer to the community market, which will be sited at the bottom of Haynes Lane, off Westow Street
“All the meat is pasture-fed as opposed to corn-fed or raised in industrial units. “There’s a lot more Omega 3 in a pasture-based cow compared to an Omega 6 grain fed cow. “Because we are eating more processed food we’re eating a lot less Omega 3 and a lot more Omega 6 which, as it is in corn and soya, has found its way into so much of the food chain in the form of sugars, thickeners and animal feed. “For our health that needs to be reversed. “When you’re eating pasture-based cows & chickens you’re eating more Omega 3. “The meat is completely different – and cows are born to eat grass, not grain.”
Laura told the meeting at the Phoenix centre, Westow Street: “We’ve been to the farms which will be selling the meat at the market. “It’s really important we deal with people who like us – and we like them. “I’m a vegetarian. “I’ve been and introduced myself to the animals and if they weren’t happy I wouldn’t want people to eat them. “All of the cows on the farm have got names and get brought up in family units. “And only one animal at a time is taken for slaughter.”
Eggs at the market would come from chickens which ‘mowed’ an apple orchard. Among local bakers attending the market on a rotating basis will be Brett and Bailey a couple of local cake makers who approached them having been unable to get spaces at other markets. “They are grateful to be given the chance” said Karen. Others with baking products who will be selling their goods at the market include Brixton-based Bread Bread; Felix and Pi who will be selling hot food; local couple Gus and Gabriella of Artichoke Hearts who will be selling savories; Mel Whitlock who will be running a gluten-free stall and Sophie England who will be selling cupcakes and Tartelettes who will be selling cakes and tarts. Andrea Adjei of Comfort and Joy on Church Road will have one of the rotating hot stalls.
There will also be a “Patchwork Farm” stall selling local honey, herbs, jams, pickles and excess produce from community gardens, local back gardens and allotments as well as vegetable seedlings to promote “grow your own”. Organisers say anyone can come and sell their produce for a small fee – just bring it along on the day. Chamber chairman Tim Sharville told members: “This is going to bring people to the Palace. “It’s great for all of us. “I’m a great believer in this project” He then added, tongue-in-cheek: “I used to regard Crystal Palace Transition Town as a bunch of hippies. “But over the last six months I’ve been really impressed by the people in it and what they are doing. “They are genuinely good-hearted people who want a better Crystal Palace.” Opening times for the weekly Saturday market are 10 am to 3pm.