LEAF HEDGEHOGS AT THE FOOD MARKET – AND SCARY PUMPKIN CHUTNEY FOR HALLOWEEN…..three new teas – and chocolate Guinness cake!!!!!!
With the economic climate as it is, we are always trying to find ways to make the market more inclusive and accessible. Through our work on the Lambeth Food Partnership, where the focus has been on food poverty this year, Laura and I have managed to introduce ROSE vouchers into the market and into Telia’s on Church Road.
These vouchers are handed out to families in need with young children to be spent on fruit and veg only. We also have a food bank collection every week (in the yellow bucket) and this week’s requests include toilet roll, toothpaste and instant coffee.
Our next project will be a series of six cooking workshops called “Cooking on a budget”, partly funded by Croydon council. The first one will be with Rachel de Thample on the 14th of November. Rachel will show us how to shop and cook wisely to create a budget meal for four.
Need your scotch egg fix or wrap? Comfort & Joy have moved into the courtyard – find them next to Chas’s bread and the Grain Grocer.
Guest stalls this week
Kids – nature crafts with Secret Adventurers Club: Ema will be teaching us how to make leaf hedgehogs. So cute! Suggested donation £1.
Guest lunch by Mui Mui. This week Oksoon and Jia Nee are cooking up “Vietnamese grilled beef and noodles, Vietnamese chicken with turmeric lemon grass and rice, Malaysian chicken laksa noodle or Malay vegetarian curry with rice.”
Gluten free by Eat & Mess: Kate says “We got us some gluten, dairy and sometimes sugar free delights for the autumn weather!
Mexican chocolate meringue cake, apple and blackberry buckle cake, lemon bundt drizzle cake, sticky toffee slice with caramel glaze, blueberry coconut bakewell slices, chocolate brownies, rocky road tiffin, toffee apples on sticks, sweet potato, feta and chorizo tartlets and tomato pesto quiche. Dig in!
Oh and also, we are scheduling some extra dates for gluten free baking classes before Xmas due to demand so if CP locals fancy trying their hand at making their own, just ask on the stall for more details.”
Jams & more from Creative All Sorts: Christine’s stall will have “Scary Pumpkin Chutney for Halloween hotdogs, Christmas Chutney, Perfect Piccalilli, Berry Berry Nice Jam, Autumn Apple Jam, Cinder Toffee for the kids (of all ages) and beautiful nature inspired ceramic fridge magnets (great for Christmas gifts).” Find her on the Patchwork Farm stall.
Cakes by Brett & Bailey: Joe’s cake parade goes like this “The clocks go back this weekend, giving you a whole extra hour to enjoy some Brett & Bailey cake – that’s the point, right? Visit our stall to discover all manner of scrumptious autumnal treats. If you’ve not tried our pumpkin pecan pie, then don’t miss out – it features a generous layer of each filling, gentle spicing, and a crisp and buttery base. However, if a touch of fire is more your thing, head for our brand new fresh ginger cake with caramelised orange frosting, which is making its debut on the stall this weekend.
Usual favourites will include double carrot cake, apple and salted caramel cake, sticky buns, pear and maple cheesecake, insanely indulgent dark chocolate brownies with pecans and white chocolate chunks, and our all-time favourite chocolate Guinness cake. And if you can’t get enough peanuts in your life, then why not take home a peanut butter bar AND a chocolate peanut cookie? We’re bringing both. If that were not enough, we’ll also have plenty of jams; raspberry bakewells with the last of the British berries; and our last bomboloni of the year. We’re filling them with our special recipe salted caramel, and topping them with honeycomb – as voted for by you. Going to miss the market this weekend? Don’t forget that our online shop is always open. See you soon!”
Beer by Gipsy Hill Brewery: Local ale for sale.
Wine by Wine Scouts: This week Pedro is waxing lyrical about an organic Italian red – Nero d’Avola Baglio. “A full bodied, ripe and juicy red from the sun-drenched Italian island of Sicily. Packed with ripe black cherry fruit and hints of pepper, this supple wine is unoaked and has deliciously refreshing acidity. The Nero d’Avola grape variety is indigenous to Sicily, where hot sunny days and cool fresh nights provide the perfect conditions for growing ripe but beautifully balanced red grapes capable of highly expressive wines such as this.”
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!
Meat by Jacob’s Ladder Farms: 20% off Paysanne sausages using Jayne & Michael’s own mutton. Get your slow cooker out for some autumnal cooking. 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 (gluten free or traditional) from Pastificio Mansi. Gluten free – Artichoke and thyme, Kale and Parmesan. Normal pasta – Cavolo nero and fennel sausage, Beef pork and spinach, Pumpkin goat’s cheese and thyme, Artichoke and thyme. Sauces – Tomato sauce and broccoli pesto. Check out this great write up about Emanuela.
Cured sliced meats from The Charcuterie Board: 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.
Herbs, flowering plants & teas from Gipsy Hill Herbs: Sarah tells me this week she’s got three new teas in. “Night time tea: a soothing, relaxing floral blend of chamomile, lime flower, rose petals and passion flower to help promote a restful sleep. PMT tea: dandelion, yarrow and lemon balm combine to help relieve the symptoms that curse us every month. Pick-me-Up Tea: a totally delicious lemony treat with a hint of fragrant damask rose to help lift your spirits and make everything look a little bit rosier.” Want to recycle your old plant pots? Please return your plastic pots to me for recycling! (Clean of course). 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 “More of the same this week, plenty of Autumnal fish such as cod and soles for the slab. We will also have some absolutely stunning large scallops hand dived in the Shetland islands. The boat has has a short break this week for the fitting of a new net and pot hauler. Now we can fish for shellfish and fish together! We should have bass from the boat and maybe a few live lobsters.”
Some of what’s on the slab – Sussex cod fillet £12.95kg, Dover sole: £2.30/100g, diver caught scallops £3.80/100g, white tiger prawns £1.95/100g, large plaice (still good and plump with a bit of roe) £8.95kg. 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, “Try using our nuts & seeds to make a delicious #dairyfree milk, perfect heated on colder nights! Plus, we’ve got coconut chips, mango strips and curry powder back in stock. 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. 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: For all our market news, tweets & photographs: Brockmans Farm. Check out more pictures and videos on the farm Twitter feed.”
Brambletye: Watch out for the new season Concorde pears.
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. We’ve still got quinces & salad!
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: Lots on the stall this week. You can also book local pottery courses and find out more about the new exciting upcoming event the SE Art Trail 21st/22nd Nov. 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.
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 six 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 13 October) we’re now up to 625.7 kilos! Thanks everyone. Collection point at the market every week.
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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)