IT MAY BE RAINING OUTSIDE…….plus: HUGE CROWDS AT LAMBETH COUNTRY SHOW / NEWS FROM ST HUGH’S / MAKING IT EASIER FOR YOU TO REGISTER TO VOTE
IT MAY BE RAINING OUTSIDE…….
It might have poured with rain all day on Friday, but Crystal Palace food market are expecting a dry day on Saturday. We’re happy for the farms and gardens though – you can almost hear the plants sucking up the much needed moisture! See you at the market folks.
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!
Buskers Paradise: Steve says “The lovely Kerttu is coming to perform this Saturday. 1.30/2pm two sets – outside the cafe and in the courtyard. Spread the word!”
Meat by Jacob’s Ladder Farms: Farmer & trainee butcher Jayne says “This week we’ve got 20% off pork & apple chipolatas – made with children of Crystal Palace in mind. Elms Farm rare breed Berkshire organic pork. We will also have our own 100% grass fed beef tomorrow – Native Sussex. Apologies, but we won’t have bread for a while – our baker Andy Forbes from Brockwell Bake is busy harvesting and baking bread for campers at Wowo.” 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.
Wine by Wine Scout: Pedro says “Hi! On Sat I’ll open the biodynamic Muscadet Nouveau Jo Landron from the Loire in France: Fresh, crunchy pears and a lemony hint on the palate, and a mineral, crispy character. The fruit is harvested by hand before transported to the cuverie where it undergoes a pneumatic pressing. The must is then allowed to settle and ferment naturally in glass-lined temperature-controlled vats, keeping the freshness as vibrant as it comes.”
Beer by Gipsy Hill Brewery: This week the boys are bringing cans of Southpaw and Beatnik and bottles of Yuzu and Dissident.
Hand-crafted natural remedies, balms & oils from Bodhagaia: Esme says “Hey!! I will have all the usual balms, oils and soaps, natural insect repellent and garden terracotta pot candles, chakra incense, and of course venetian crystal and gemstone suncatchers 😀 can’t wait!!” Our products harness the powerful natural chemistry of herbs & botanics, taken from Western, Ayurvedic & Native American herbal traditions. All products are 100% pure, natural, completely vegan, & never ever tested on animals. We always use the finest quality, organic & unrefined ingredients that have not lost any natural goodness during processing.
Cured meats from The Charcuterie Board: Ham sarnies £4, pastrami £5, and ask Fred nicely to add cheese to either for £1. And stand by for a super-exciting announcement next week. The Charcuterie Board supplies British cured meats from Moons Green & Native Breeds.
Cheese from Blackwoods Cheese: Dave’s promising “a full criminal set this week, the convicts William Heaps and Edmund Tew and a cheddar style cheese called Lincolnshire poacher.” Blackwood’s Cheese are an artisan cheesemonger based in Brockley, who use organic milk from Kent.
Bee and butterfly friendly herb & flowering plants from Gipsy Hill Herbs: Sarah says “This week I’ve got hot chillies Mini Dragon & Purple Tiger – perfect for growing inside on a bright windowsill or outside in the sun. Both in our 3 for £5 deal. We have lots of pink and white Gaura in flower now that will keep flowering til October. Plus Hidcote and Sawyers lavender and white lavender Edelweiss. Good range of Basil and Mints plus lots of fresh stock of our usual range.” All plants grown with minimal environmental impact on a small independent nursery in Wallington. Follow Sarah on twitter – @GipsyHillHerbs.
Sustainably caught fish from Veasey’s: Dan says “Fish is a little tight this week as we have had some good winds out at sea so we have a few different bits this week. As it is Whitstable Oyster Festival this week, come down for an oyster or 2 (or 12!). P.S Please vote for us in the Sussex Food and Drink awards in the Sussex Food Shop of the Year 2016 category. Thank you!”
Some of what’s on the slab – Cornish megrim sole – whole £14.50kg, spider crab claws £10.95kg, cooked Sussex lobster £26kg, monkfish goujons £2.40/100g, Poole harbour palourde clams £12kg, Sussex bass £16.50kg, rod & line mackerel £8.50kg, wild jumbo prawns £3.70/100g, Scottish cod £17.95kg, cooked whole whelks £5.50kg, diver caught Lyme Bay scallops £3.85/100g. You can place an order in advance, or make a special request by phone on 01342 822906, by email [email protected] and on Twitter @FishmongersFR Veasey and Sons. Find their recipe page here and here’s one for Fisherman’s Pie. Been wondering where Veasey’s stands on the seal shootings in Scotland? Check below for their statement.
Gluten free/dairy free/sugar free by Eat & Mess: Kate says “I’ve got an array of gluten, dairy and sugar free delights for the stall – a lemon, raspberry & olive oil bundt cake with a lemon glaze, spiced & iced carrot cake with lemon zest frosting, almond St Clement mini cakes with orange syrup & toasted almonds, sticky toffee cakes with toffee drizzle, spiced blueberry & coconut frangipane bakewell slices, chocolate orange fudge slices with roasted orange icing, fluffy clouds of vanilla bean marshmallows, raspberry, walnut or plain chocolate brownies (yes that’s right – gluten AND refined sugar free deliciousness), spinach feta & pinenut tartlets, rocket, mushroom & smoked bacon tartlets and caramelised onion, tomato & garlic focaccia.”
Local blogger Doug is crowd funding his book. He’s been a supporter of the market since the beginning, and we’re more than happy to support him. Find him on the Patchwork Farm stall. If he’s looking worried, please give him money and or wine!
Cakes by Brett & Bailey: Joe’s cake news goes like this “Join us for an indulgent array of goodies from our delectable summer range. We’ll have a brand new white chocolate, lemon & blueberry baked cheesecake; some beautiful peach & raspberry Melba squares; moreish apricot & vanilla bakewells; and plenty of bomboloni, with this week’s succulent summer filling – strawberry & vanilla. Elsewhere we’ll have a coconut cake with fresh raspberry buttercream; brownies with 73% dark chocolate, pecans, white chocolate chunks & fleur de sel; jars of handmade jam; and one of our signature double carrot cakes too. Need a cold drink? We’ll also be serving cups of our brand new summer beverages for the first time, including our refreshing lemonade with a hint of mint, and a zesty citrus cooler. Just the thing to wash down a couple of our scrumptious sticky buns.”
Storecupboard refills from The Grain Grocer: Here’s Sara’s latest Grain Grocer blog – all about grains, funnily enough. Don’t forget if you bring your own container you get 5% off. In a rush on Saturdays? 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. The cows are out on the pasture now so everything tastes sweet. 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.
Brambletye Farm have new season gooseberries in this week. Yum. Stop by and chat to the new guy on the stall – he’s called Jason.
Brockmans: From Jason “Feedback from customers about the pick and mix loose salad leaf has been very good. Due to an abundance of some lines (cucumbers, sorrel and avocados) there has been a price reduction. Also on the stall – blueberries (limited numbers), plum, salad and cherry tomatoes, aubergines, cherries, 2 varieties of radish (from our own ‘in conversion’ site), purple mange tout, new charlotte potatoes, peas, french beans, salad rocket, land cress, wild plums, peaches, limes, clementines and oranges.
On The Farm – It’s been a manic few weeks, with staff managing the land and helping see crops through to harvest while in the barn some exciting new technology has been implemented.. We’re currently trialling a ‘fogging’ machine in our chiller, reputed to help leaf and other crops from carrots to cauliflowers stay at their best. We hope that you can notice a marked increase in the life and quality of already beautiful crops, it’s always sad when they don’t reach market in the way we would like them to!
Elsewhere there’s been a fair bit more work over at the new ‘Old Orchard’ site, with plenty more planting under way our range of salads will continue to increase in the coming weeks; plenty of weeding as ever as well, with squash, kale and brassicas receiving some TLC and the first courgettes starting to roll out last week… Multi coloured and divine, we hope you enjoy them! For all our market news, tweets & photographs: Brockmans Farm. Check out more pictures and videos on the farm Twitter feed.”
Patchwork Farm: Buy, sell or swap locally grown produce. Please do bring any excess seedlings you might like to exchange. 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: You can see a preview of our artists’ work on our Facebook page. Gift wrapping 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.
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 latest drop off (Tuesday 7 July) was 20.2kg. Total so far is 502.5kg! Thanks everyone. Collection point at the market every week.
Check out our latest Transition Town newsletter.
Good stuff locally
We’re part of Crystal Palace Transition Town. There’s always something going on – check out our calendar. Wondering who we are, what we do, or how you could get involved? Our new blog section is a great place to start.
Transition Kids trip to the Natural History Museum: There’s just a few places left for this seriously cool day trip on July 28th. Details and booking here.
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.
Job – Fancy becoming a cheesemonger? Blackwood’s Cheese are looking for a part time cheesemonger to help with their markets. Must be able to drive and work weekends, and love cheese. Email: [email protected]
New group – Transition Kids: Do you have kids, or one on the way? Interested in meeting other parents and kids & sharing ideas about eco living? Check out this brand new group.
Local drop in centre: New Tuesday drop in with new group We Love Services – for those who are facing poverty, who are feeling isolated and in need of a helping hand.
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)
HUGE CROWDS AT LAMBETH COUNTRY SHOW
More than 160,000 people are estimated to have enjoyed the 41st Lambeth Country Show on Saturday and Sunday as the sunshine created perfect conditions for south London’s biggest free festival.
The event, which this year was themed the Festival of Love 2015, is a unique mix of inner-city culture and the country side offering something for people of all ages across stages and areas across Brockwell Park in Herne Hill.
Lambeth’s cabinet member for neighbourhoods Cllr Jane Edbrooke said: “It was a fantastic weekend with so much to see and do. Everything from a competitive sheep show in one corner to Misty in Roots the British roots reggae group playing in another.
“The Lambeth Country Show always gives the people of this borough so much variety, entertainment and fun – it really is a chance for everyone to come together and celebrate our fantastic community.”
Other highlights of the weekend included The Essex Dog Display Team running their dogs through an impressive range of stunts and tricks, the Endurance Steel Orchestra performing their wide repertoire and the amateur and professional horticulture competitions throughout the weekend.
For more details visit http://lambethcountryshow.co.uk/
NEWS FROM ST HUGH’S
St. Hugh’s Summer BBQ
Our annual (FREE!!!) summer BBQ takes place on Saturday 1st August, 12pm to 4pm. There will be lots of fun things to do, face painting, balloon making, bouncy castle & soft play, raffle… the list goes on! There will also be a DJ, and of course a BBQ! So why not come on down and enjoy a fun-filled afternoon with us all!
We are in need of a few volunteers to help out on the day – manning stalls and alike – if you fancy helping out then please get in touch!
Youth Music Project
Aaron Duncan (The Mixtape Project) is back this year with this free 4 day course for 8 to 13 year olds. The course gives kids an introduction to DJ/MC skills, lyric writing, music production, and performance skills. It runs from Monday 3rd August to Thursday 6thAugust – 9:30am to 12:00pm. Places are limited so please get in touch to book a place.
It was a big hit last year – click here to read about it.
This course is brought to you in association with Community Music in Action and Affinity Sutton.
Many of you will remember the success of the launch of the gardening project and hopefully you enjoyed it. St. Hugh’s on behalf of the volunteers are inviting you down to join in on more gardening activities on 29th July. The volunteers are working hard and meet every Monday, gardening & discussing a variety of things today, including workshop materials, activities and plans that include children – and bedding materials, more soil and compost is needed, and also some flowers. Also, volunteers have planned for a Second Community Day, to deliver more gardening workshops, there will be a BBQ, activities for children, woodwork and more.
Keep a look out for flyers and leaflets to confirm the time.
Love 2 Dance
Love 2 Dance are holding their Summer Fun Day on Sunday 26th July – 12pm to 4pm. It’s free and there will be lots of activities. The dancers were recently awarded golden tickets to take part in the World Dance Championships in the USA so are trying to raise funds to get there – come along and show your support!
Finally, just to mention that while most regular classes are on a summer break, we still have a few things to do throughout the summer:
Sports Active Coaching are continuing the Upping Your Game football coaching scheme every Thursday.
Clarice will be continuing her Monday evening Pilates class, and she has also has started a new fitness class on Wednesday evenings – Aerobic and Interval Training. (Source: St Hugh’s community centre)
St Hugh’s community centre
42 Castledine Road, Anerley, London SE20 8PL
Tel: (020) 8659 7038
MAKING IT EASIER FOR YOU TO REGISTER TO VOTE
Are you registered to vote? That’s the question that Croydon council will be asking a quarter of a million residents as the annual voter registration canvass takes place across the borough.
Over the summer, the council will be sending residents a household enquiry form on which they should provide details of all registered electors in the property.
To be delivered to some 250,000 people, the form will provide the name and address details of all who should be on the register of electors – the list of those who may vote at elections and referendums.
If there are no changes to be made, electors can confirm the details online at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote, or by post, Freephone or text, with contact details provided on the form.
If the elector details need to be changed – for example, to request a name to be included in the voters list – new information can be provided online, or by posting the amended form using the prepaid envelope provided.
An invitation-to-register form will be sent to anybody wishing to be included on the voters list to enable verification of the details, and allow the registration.
Nathan Elvery, Croydon’s electoral registration officer, said: “We’re offering an extensive range of cost-effective options for residents to use and it has never been easier to register.
“Residents should look out for the form as it will provide all the information required, and tell them exactly what they need to do.”
For more information visit www.gov.uk/yourvotematters
If you do not receive a letter, email [email protected]