MERRY CHRISTMAS FROM THE FOOD MARKET!
Saturday 19 December
Mistletoe on the Patchwork Farm stall!
Meat, fish, cheese, veg, fruit, wine, beer, chocolates, smoked things, eggs, butter, raw milk, bread, store cupboard refills, cleaning refills, charcuterie, fresh pasta, gluten free, vegan, salads, cakes, pastries, preserves, lunch, gifts, coffee, food bank collection.
Last chance to 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.
Check out this cute video made by some INSECC marketing students – thanks guys.
Last Christmas Market: 19 December
Closed: 26 December, 2 January
Reopen: 9 January
Guest stalls this week
Kids – facepainting with Jacqueline.
Kids – decorate xmas bikkies with Eat & Mess. Kate says “Come and visit the Eat and Mess stall for some Christmas cookie decorating. £2.50 per gift wrapped cookie, a perfect gift or weekend treat!”
Chocolates by Blowing Dandelion: Michaela is making chocolates, raw vegan truffles & raw vegan brownies. (The mango truffles are amazing.)
Smoked things by London Smoke & Cure: Ross says “I’m back by special request! This week it’s all about creating something special for Christmas. We’ve got prime sashimi-grade salmon which will be perfect for your Christmas day starter or a luxurious nibble in the evening, and we’ll be giving away FREE our poached and smoked salmon mousse with any half or whole side purchased. Next up is the hot smoked duck, perfect served with a watercress and orange salad and we’ve just put on a special batch of improved recipe hot smoked chicken – an ideal addition to a festive cheese board. Add to that our standard range of smoked cheese and butter, some tasty stocking fillers and plenty of Christmas cheer and you’ll be a few steps closer to a great celebration. Hey, and ’cause we think our local market customers are truly the best, there’ll be FREE mulled wine with any purchase – get it whilst it lasts!”
Guest lunch – Emma & Ian’s Kitchen: Emma quite rightly says “Surely no one wants to cook the weekend before xmas, right?! So we will have cauliflower cheese with leeks, made with our melty raclette, to eat at the market or in take away boxes. Plus the usual raclette on potatoes, nachos or bread with pickles, and the meze plates.”
Wine by Le Grappin: Winemaker Emma says “It’s my first time trading at the market since June so it will be lovely to see everyone. Come and help me toast the festive season! I’ll have my handmade gift boxes for pressies, party Bagnums, refills and our new 2014 wines to taste… yay!”
Beer by Hiver Beers: Simon tells me they’ll have “3 packs and 6 packs – the perfect last minute Christmas gifts. Also, still holder Matt will be giving out free kisses all day.” Ooh er!
Gluten free by Elvira’s Secret Pantry: Elvira says “Christmas is around the corner! Boozy chocolates, mince pies, bundt cakes and more. Plus the usual selection of savoury tarts.”
Preserves by Imogeni: Homemade jams, jellies & chutneys.
Patchwork Farm Calendar: Full of growing tips and great photos – available for sale at the Patchwork Farm Stall. Would make a fab present for a gardener or forager friend.
Cakes by Eat & Mess: Kate says “Come and visit the Eat and Mess stall for some Christmas cookie decorating. £2.50 per gift wrapped cookie, a perfect gift or weekend treat!
Plus all of this – Mini booze drenched fruitcakes; Gift wrapped stollen loaves; Viennese crumble top mince pies; Festive fruit and nut shortbread stacks; Juicy Christmas cranberry and clementine desserts; White chocolate and cranberry sponge cakes; Gingerbread santas; Indulgent choccie brownies & cheesecake brownies; Mini sugar dusted Victoria sponge cakes; Wise Man sticky toffee cake studded with golden ginger chunks. Saturday will be the last chance to place your Christmas orders for our boozy fruit filled Christmas cakes, sugar dusted stollen loaves and butter pastry mince pies.”
Calendars by The Unofficial Crystal Palace posse: Paul says “Lindsay and I will be selling this year’s calendar, featuring Crystal Palace Subway, the time Sex Pistols and The Libertines played at NSC, bandaging of the dinosaurs leg, Palace by night, Palace from a drone, the food market [including two familiar market faces] and the repairing of the transmitter, amongst more. 50% of all profits going to The Royal Marsden Cancer Charity.”
Teas and more by Gipsy Hill Herbs: Sarah says “Treat yourself to a cup of Gipsy Hill Herbs’ hot Mulled Apple Juice this weekend – you won’t believe it hasn’t got wine in! Made with our Immune Boosting Mulling Spices, the secret’s in the elderberries which are not only delicious tasting, but great for helping fight off winter coughs and colds. We’ll have bags of Immune Boosting Mulling Spices on sale so you can enjoy them with apple juice, red wine or cider at home. They make great little stocking fillers too. We’ll have our full range of Organic and Bio-dynamic Herbal Teas and Salts and we’re delighted to have added whole leaf organic Lemon Verbena Tea to our range. Probably the best lemon flavour ever! And finally, we still have a few of our beautiful German made glass tea infusers left – perfect for making your favourite herbal teas.”
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: Andrea’s cooking up a special xmas family sized nut roast, and mini sausage rolls [not that Andrea makes ‘mini’ anything] with Stilton 4 for £5. Check out her website if you want to order extra provisions – you can order up to Christmas Eve.
Meat by Jacob’s Ladder Farms: 20% off rib of beef – perfect for a Christmas treat! 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: Emanuela says “Helloooo everyone. Our Christmas menu is: Meat tortellini; Chestnuts and mushroom ravioli; Spinach, mascarpone and nutmeg halfmoon; Goat’s cheese and beetroot ravioli; Tagliatelle; Tomato sauce.” Check out this great write up about Emanuela.
Cured sliced meats from The Charcuterie Board: Head of Charcuterie says “OMG, it’s totally Christmas. Last chance for a proper ham sarnie until deepest darkest January, so get your fix tomorrow! All the usual goodies will be on show, such as nduja, pastrami, hot-smoked pork belly, and loads more. Also, we have some Christmas tubes of saucisson left, a cracking gift. Fill those stockings. Those of you who have orders in will be able to collect from Elliot, who is under strict instructions to be festive. It has been lovely to see be part of the market this year, looking forward to meeting your cured meat needs in 2016.” The Charcuterie Board supplies British cured meats from Moons Green & Native Breeds.
Cheese from Blackwoods Cheese: Dave says “Graceburn makes a great gift and we also have your Christmas Stilton sorted. Colston Bassett & Stichelton both in exceptional form.” 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 says “We fish you a Merry Christmas! [gotta love an excuse for a good pun]. Christmas is nearly upon us, it’s still bass season and the boat has been doing well. Still not a huge variety but we have had some interesting mixed boxes (probably because of the warmer temperatures we have been having) containing red mullet, john dory and even a small hake! We will still be taking your Christmas orders and we will do our best to find everything you would like. If you would like lobster please do order soon as we are running low already. I want to take this opportunity to thank all you lovely people for your continued support, it’s you guys that make all the early mornings worth it! MERRY CHRISTMAS, Dan x”
Christmas Fish – smoked Salmon – sides £29.00 or £3.75/100g, wild seabass – whole fish £18.50kg or fillets £2.95/100g. The usual suspects – dressed crab £6.50 each or 2 for £12, organic salmon fillets £4.00 each or 4 for £15, raw prawns £2.25/100g, kiln roasted smoked salmon £2.60/100g, peeled brown shrimps £4.95/100g, fish pie mix £5.00 per 500g bag. Plus much more…” You can place an order in advance, or make a special request by phone on 01342 822906, by email on [email protected] and 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 “We believe that our biodynamic flower sprouts are a UK first and we are delighted with them. The first of our winter lettuces will be at the market this week as well. You will also find – brussel sprouts, carrots, 3 types of potato, parsnips, 4 types of cabbage, kales, spinach, chard, 3 types of beetroot, Jerusalem artichokes, eggs, chestnuts, exotic fruits & 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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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.
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.
CP Calendars By the CP Unofficial Calendar posse
Blowing Dandelion Handmade chocolates and raw/sugar free truffles
Hiver Beers Beer made with honey HAYNES LANE COURTYARD
Le Grappin Refill wines made by Andrew & Emma HAYNES LANE COURTYARD
Handmade Palace Locally made arts & crafts
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)