SIMPLY TAY BEST – This week at Crystal Palace food market
It’s September and that means “Organic September” at The Soil Association. There are lots of ideas on their site as well as prizes to be won so check it out here.
ClaraFlora is back this week with beautiful flowers grown in Croydon.
Guest lunch – curry from Simply Tay: This week Tayyaba’s cooking up “Chicken & chick pea curry, Daal, Cauliflower & potato curry. All served with freshly made naan bread, raita & chutney.”
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 legs of lamb. Native Romney, traditionally reared by Jayne & Michael on their own farm. Grass fed only on permanent pasture land diverse in range of grasses. 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. We are very lucky as Crystal Palace is now the only market that Jacob’s Ladder attend. The taste of their meat took me back to my upbringing in Lebanon in the 60’s before the advent of industrial animal farming. Help to support these tiny farms whilst knowing that animal welfare is always top of the list here.
Handmade pasta (gluten free or traditional) from Pastificio Mansi: Emmanuela says “Ciao Crystal Palace, yes we are back. This week’s pasta – Mascarpone spinach & nutmeg ravioli, Artichoke, parmesan & thyme halfmoon, Courgette & mint ravioli, Beef pork spinach & parmesan ravioli. Sauces – Fresh tomato or Pepper, almond & basil.”
Cured meats from The Charcuterie Board: Owen’s been cooking at home this week “We made a delicious thing at home this week, sweet potato and ‘nduja mash. Bake some sweet potatoes, scoop out the squidgy insides, mix in a wee drop of olive oil and chop in a healthy slab of Moons Green Fiery’ Nduja. Job done. Plenty of that available on the stall this week, as well as an nape, beef, chump ham, and chilli loin sliced on our epic slicer; pastrami, bacon and ham on offer too. Salami from Native Breeds; venison, wild boar and chorizo are plentiful, as are Beer Sticks. No crackling this week though I’m afraid. Proper Ham Sarnies £4, as ever.” The Charcuterie Board supplies British cured meats from Moons Green & Native Breeds.
Cheese from Blackwoods Cheese: Cheesemaker Dave says “The cows have just started calving, so the milk is super rich. As a result, this week’s William Heaps are huge.” We like this blog about Dave. 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.
Cakes by Cakertree: Naomi is promising “Caramel choc chip, walnut & coffee, carrot walnut & raisin, vegan victoria sponge, lemon & blueberry and more…”
Gluten-free/dairy free/yeast free from Elvira’s Secret Pantry: Cakes – raspberry & rosewater, blueberry & lemon, raspberry & lemon polenta, raspberry jam & figs tartlets, nutty brownie, figs flapjack bites. Savoury tarts – spinach & leek, asparagus, tomato & olive, selection of vegan tartlets. Mediterranean style bread.
Bee and butterfly friendly herb & flowering plants from Gipsy Hill Herbs: Sarah says this week it’s all about indoor herbs. “Now is a good time to start an indoor herb garden so you can enjoy your favourite herbs all winter. You will need a south or west facing window to ensure your herbs get enough light. If you don’t have a window sill then putting up a shelf across a window is really simple and looks great [have a look on pinterest] Then all you need to do is pot your herbs into a 5 or 6 inch diameter pot using ordinary multipurpose compost [preferably peat free], stand pot in water until the surface of the compost is wet [that way you know the water has soaked right through] and you’re done! Don’t overwater after that – wait until the surface of the compost is dry and then stand in water as above.
Good herbs to try are – oregano/marjoram, chives, mint, thyme, sage, Vietnamese coriander, lemon balm, rosemary. Fresh stocks of all of these on the stall this week. If you’re still not sure about giving it a go come and ask me for advice at the market.” 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 “This week marks the end of wild salmon, sea trout & samphire for another year – sad to see them go but it has been a pleasure to have them in stock throughout summer. The plaice are nearly at the peak of the season – this is when they are at their plumpest. We intend on having many as Mickey on the flat fish boat is out today to find us some. Thankfully it’s a lot calmer than last week. Sea bass can now only be landed if it is at least 900g is size so we should have some nice big fish from now on. P.S Check out the boys on the boat recently – very choppy!” 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 – brill (like turbot but cheaper!) £16.50kg, large plaice £5.00 each, sea bass £15.95kg, Cornish sardines – whole £6.95kg or fillets £1.50/100g, sprats£5.95kg, freshly dressed crabs £6.00 each, whole smoked mackerel £5.00 each, kiln roasted smoked salmon £2.50/100g, cold smoked salmon – £3.60/100g. 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 Fisherman’s Pie.
Storecupboard refills from The Grain Grocer: Wade says “We’ve got coffee back in stock, plus a fresh batch of moringa tea. Check out our blog for updates & recipes, including Jess’s summer breakfast bowl. 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.
Brambletye: Stein says “This weekend we will have a selection of fresh vegetables, gooseberrys, redcurrants, flowers, herbs and jam and our orchard eggs!”
Brockmans: 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.
Patchwork Farm recipe – Nasturtium Pesto: Take a couple of big handfuls of nasturtium leaves. You can also add nasturtium seed pods and flowers – the seed pods make it quite peppery. As an optional extra, add any other green garden herbs such as thyme (remove the leaves from the woody stalks), basil, oregano or parsley. Crush a couple of cloves of garlic with a pinch of salt. Grate 25g parmesan cheese. Add a tablespoon of pine nuts. Put all the ingredients into a food processor and blend with a tablespoon or two of olive oil. Alternatively, mash them all in a big pestle and mortar. You should have a thick, bright green slush. Cook pasta as you would normally and stir the pesto into the hot pasta when cooked and drained.
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: Beth says “This week we have a stall full of locally made art and crafts. South London inspired prints, ceramics, fused glass ware, several jewelry pieces, soaps, crochet work, notebooks, illustrations, various greeting cards and more! You can see a preview of our artists’ work on our Facebook page.” Ask Beth on the stall for information, and to book your place on her pottery courses taking place in September. 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 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 needs: school uniforms, jam, peanut butter, chocolate spread, toothpaste, shower gel & washing powder. The latest drop off (Tuesday 18 August) was 16.6kg. Total so far is 546.8kg! Thanks everyone. Collection point at the market every week.
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Claraflora Beautiful blooms grown in Croydon
Gipsy Hill Herbs Herbs & bee friendly plants
Handmade Palace Locally made arts & crafts
Weekly Produce Stalls
The Charcuterie Board British cured meats and ham sandwiches HAYNES LANE COURTYARD
Blackwoods Cheese Artisan cheese made in Brockley + some from Neil’s Yard HAYNES LANE COURTYARD
Veaseys Whole & filleted fish, shellfish
Hook & Son Raw milk, butter, cream and ghee
The Grain Grocer Store cupboard refills – household cleaners HAYNES LANE COURTYARD
Bread Bread Find their organic loaves on the Grain Grocer stall HAYNES LANE COURTYARD
Jacob’s Ladder Farms Rare breed beef, lamb, pork & chicken THEY’RE BACK!
CP Patchwork Farm Salad, herbs, seedling and locally grown produce
Brockmans Farm Seasonal fruit & veg, yoghurt, juices
Wild Country Organics Seasonal vegetables, salads, fruit, herbs
Brambletye Eggs, veg, fruit, salad, juice HAYNES LANE COURTYARD
Chas & Momo Hand crafted bread, sourdough, baguettes, croissant, brioche HAYNES LANE COURTYARD
Antenna Cafe Hot and iced Volcano coffee, well-sourced teas & cake
Prepared Food Stalls
Simply Tay Homemade curries & samosas
Elvira’s Secret Pantry Gluten free cakes and savouries
Pastificio Mansi Handmade pasta BACK EVERY WEEK
Comfort and Joy Wraps, salads, those famous scotch eggs & more
Jacob’s Ladder Farms Delicious biodynamic hamburgers
For more information see Producers
Also, see the brilliant recipe suggestions using produce from the stalls.
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 following / above is copied from an email which mentions various links – for full links please go to the market website. Thanks – News From Crystal Palace)
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