FAREWELL TO CHAS AND MOMO AT THE FOOD MARKET (Good news: Chas will still be doing his own Bake Off….Brett and Bailey become regulars and Sarah of Gipsy Hill Herbs takes over at the Grain Grocer)
We’re sad to announce this is Chas & Momo’s last Saturday at the market. Their wholesale business has been doing so well, poor Chas hasn’t been getting much time to see his family, let alone sleep. We’ll miss them very much, but we know this is the best move for them. Come along to see them & wish them well.
Momo says “Hello to all our lovely customers. Chas & I are very very sad to announce that tomorrow will be our last trading day at Crystal Palace Food Market! We would like to say a massive thank you to Karen & Laura and of course all our lovely customers. Don’t panic, we’re still baking, baking hardcore! You can still get our bread from our Bakery in Penge or some local shops. Also, we will be trading at the West Norwood Feast every first Sunday of the month, so you can still get our peanut butter & salted caramel brownies and our famous sausage rolls! Looking forward to seeing you on Saturday.”
And don’t worry, we won’t leave you bread fans in the lurch. Dwight from Claude’s Boulangerie & Patisserie will be joining us next week. He’ll be coming for a month as a trial – let us know what you think.
In other baked good news, from this Saturday Brett and Bailey will be at the market EVERY Saturday. Joe & Matt were the very first stall we signed up – they had dreams of becoming full time bakers & we’re very proud of how them.
Such a lot of news this week – we’re delighted that Sarah from Gipsy Hill Herbs has taken over running The Grain Grocer. There will be a proper relaunch soon, but in the mean time the stock levels have been topped up & she’s ready to welcome you & hear your suggestions. See below for her full update.
Guest stalls this week – Antenna Cafe site
Return to Shashamane: Vegan lunch
Guest lunch – Return to Shashamane Emilia is making us “Chickpea salad with wakame seaweed; kidney beans with cardamom seeds and fresh tarragon; butter beans with dill parsley chives; lentils with cloves & mint; mexican street salad with cabbage & chillies; fresh coriander sauce with chillies & garlic; butter beans pate; green beans stew; roasted mix of sweet potatoes & onion squash; spicy sauce with cayenne pepper; quinoa salad with linseed, basil & pomegranate.”
Kids – face painting with Jacqueline.
Fresh pasta – Pastificio Mansi Handmade by Emanuela.
Brett & Bailey: Peanut butter bars
Cakes – Brett & Bailey “Joe says “Big news from Brett & Bailey: from now on you’ll be able to find us at the market every Saturday! And yes, that mean sticky buns for breakfast every weekend. Come and join us. On this week’s stall, the last taste of summer collides with comforting autumnal flavours. Three big hitters are back – roll up for our pecan-studded double carrot cake with carrot, white chocolate and cinnamon ganache; apple and salted caramel cake with a generous drop of spiced rum; and those much-missed peanut butter bars.
We’ll also have rose-scented fig and honey cheesecake scattered with pomegranate seeds; chocolate Guinness cake; limoncello-drizzled strawberry and white chocolate gateau; plum cake with walnut crumble; apricot and pine nut bakewells; mint chocolate chip cookies; and our signature dark chocolate brownies with pecans, white chocolate chunks and fleur de sel.
All this plus handmade jams and our award-winning marmalade; sticky buns by the score; and bomboloni filled with pistachio cream. Need to order a whole cake? Place your order in our online shop by midnight on Wednesday, and we’ll have it freshly-baked and ready for you to collect from the stall the following Saturday. See you soon!”
Preserves – Imogeni
Flowers – ClaraFlora Grown locally by Clare.
Herbal remedies – Inessence Wellbeing Natasja says “I’m back again this Saturday to promote herbal medicine and aromatherapy with herbal teas and feel good aromatherapy products. Want a tailored tea or aroma blend for your self or as a gift? Also, I can give advice on incorporating herbs, herbal powers and potions into your daily life adhering to the notion of let food be your medicine and medicine your food. Plusnutty spirulina energy balls made from pistachio*, cashew*, walnuts*, dates* goji berries, and spirulina* (£2.50 each) and turmeric fudge, made from; virgin coconut oil*, 70% cacao dark chocolate*, turmeric and black pepper and some with also cardamon (£1.50 each). * = organic”
Guest stalls this week – Courtyard site
Nicki’s Mushrooms: Mushrooms & cheese
Cheese & mushrooms – Nicki’s Mushrooms Nicki is bringing “Seasonal mushrooms, truffle oils, truffle salt and truffle honey. Locally sourced cheese and Welsh black bomber cheddar. Just new in – Irish Atlantic Sea salt from the coast of Ireland. Also fresh Italian truffles!”
Chocolates – by Danka Hand made in Crystal Palace.
Beer – Hiver Beers Beer made with honey.
Wine – Wine Scouts Pedro says “This Saturday we’ll open a red wine, for a change: the delicious, organic Weninger Horitschoner Blaufränkisch. Don’t let that name intimidate you, the Blaufränkisch is an indigenous grape to Austria, and it is known for producing dark wines with spicy undertones. This wine is no exception, with notes of black cherry, cinnamon, black pepper and blackberry. A wine suited to roast duck or a sausage stew. Yum!”
Weekly stalls – Antenna Cafe site
Lunch – Comfort & Joy Deli stall selling salads, pies, wraps (hot or cold), pies from Andrea.
Vegetables, salad, herbs & fruit – Brambletye Fruit Farm, Brockmans & Wild Country Organics.
Brockmans – Jason says “This is a great time of year for fresh produce. We still have Summer items like tomatoes but we begin to see things like rainbow carrots and fancy cauliflowers. Sweetcorn is another new line this week and we have 2 varieties (Worcester and Red Pippin). Plus – 3 Types of Beetroot, Runner Beans, French Beans, Lettuces, Douglas and Golden Queen Salad Tomatoes, 4 Types of Kale, Mixed Salad, Onions, Leeks, 3 Types of Cherry Tomato, 3 Types of Potato, Grapefruit, Oranges and Peaches.”
Local growing project – Patchwork Farm (a Crystal Palace Transition Town project), selling locally grown food from our community gardens & gluts. Get involved and bring in your gluts – or come and man the stall for an hour or so on a Saturday (email Christine if you’re interested in either).
Get your copy of 21 stories from Transition book – where the market & Patchwork Farm are featured.
Meat – Gill Wing Farm Meat produced sustainably in East Sussex and Kent. Andrew says “For the turn of the season I’m going for the mix of roast and cooler weather cuts – some bbq cuts including chicken thighs, drums, breast and wing tips, plus topside rib, rib eye, sirloin and wide range of lamb.”
Raw milk, butter & other dairy – Hook & Son Organically produced in Kent.
Veaseys: Dan’s family’s boat NN733 ‘Le Belhara’
Fish – Veasey’s Dan says “Thank Cod its Seafood Saturday! This week we have seen some very varied landings of fish, not huge quantities but great variety! We hope to have such fish as, red mullet, grey mullet, black bream, squid, cod, bass, huss, queen scallops and more! From our smokery this week we have hot smoked salmon, honey glazed hot smoked salmon, cold smoked white fish and whole smoked trout and mackerel. Have a great weekend!” Orders can be taken over email, by phone 01342 822906, via dm on twitter @fishmongersFR or even by Royal Mail. Veasey’s will do everything to accommodate your seafood needs.
Locally made art & crafts – Handmade Palace
Cafe – our friends at Antenna Cafe.
Weekly stalls – Courtyard site
The Grain Grocer: Tomasz hands over to Sarah
Storecupboard refills – The Grain Grocer Sarah (of Gipsy Hill Herbs) says “As you may be aware, Wade and Tara have moved to the seaside and set up shop in Margate. Actually they’ve set up a lovely new Grain Grocer shop and wholefood café – well worth a visit if you’re down that way and you may be lucky enough to meet their beautiful new baby, Arthur, as well.
Meanwhile back at Crystal Palace the Grain Grocer continues in spirit if not name. The very lovely Tomasz who’s been running things since they left is moving on to new projects [don’t worry, he’s still living in the area] and I’ve taken on the wholefood mantle. My herbal teas, salts and sustainably grown herb plants are now on sale at the stall and from this weekend most of the regular lines are back on the shelves [including black peppercorns for all those who’ve been asking]. Olive oil is on its way as soon as the suppliers finish the latest pressing, and both ground coffee and beans will be on sale in the next couple of weeks. We will also be taking card payments from next weekend and will soon be moving into somewhere approximating the 21st century with a set of whizzy digital scales that work out the price for any amount you care to purchase! Keep your eyes open for new products and give us your suggestions for products you would like to see us stock.
Remember to bring your own containers for a 5 per cent discount. All our own food packaging is recyclable or compostable [and obviously refillable]. Herb plant pots can be rinsed and returned to us for recycling. And finally, your chance to win a £20 Grain Grocer voucher. We don’t have a new name yet and would like your help to find one, so bring your suggestions along to the stall tomorrow or send us a tweet at @gipsyhillherbs and the winning name will get a £20 voucher to spend with us.”
Bread (& naughty brownies) – Chas & Momo See Chas, Momo & Tyla for their last day at the market. We’ll miss you guys!
Collectables market – our neighbour market Haynes Lane Market, a treasure trove of collectables.
The Foodbank – collection point at the market every week. Latest drop off (Tuesday 6 September) 30 kilos. Total donated so far 1050 kilos.
Cooking on a budget workshop Beverley says “Norwood & Brixton Foodbank are excited to bring the Eat Well Spend Less Project to your area. Come and join us for this free 5 weeks cookery course, for adults living in Gipsy Hill Ward in Lambeth.
* Learn how to cook healthily & create basic recipes
* Learn the keys to spending less & budgeting well
* We will have time to relax and eat a meal together & you will be able to take some of the meals we prepare home with you.
Join us at The Goodliffe Hall, Christchurch, Highland Rd, SE19 (on Gipsy Hill)
Course 1 – starts on Friday 16 September for 5 weeks & Course 2 – Starts on Monday 19 September for 5 weeks. 10am – 1pm.
To book a place – call or text us on mobile 07722 121 108 or email [email protected]
Subway Open Weekend – Francis says “It’s open house for the subway – no need to book for your visit. Huge achievement by so many dedicated volunteers to get the new access open on the Southwark side and installing the new gate and repairing the steps. And, huge effort by local to support their crowdfunding too.”
Central Hill Estate Open House – free tickets Click here for more info & to register.
ACHE garden – new garden in Crystal Palace Park Opening day on Saturday 17th. Details here.
We are proud to be part of Crystal Palace Transition Town. Wondering who we are, what we do, or how you could get involved? Our blog section is a great place to start or this talk given by Joe Duggan, one of the co-chairs.
Follow us on twitter @CPFoodMarket or join us on Facebook.
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)