THANK U BERRY MUCH! (plus: Sweet Carolina – and school uniforms wanted by the foodbank)
From: Crystal Palace food market
Thank goodness the rain has finally stopped, and remember it means all the produce is extra juicy. This week it’s all about end of summer rewards; fruit, berries, beans, lavender … Our Friday Farmers are out and about gathering plums from Crystal Palace gardens and Spa Hill Allotments as well as foraging ripe blackberries for the Patchwork Farm Stall.
In case you don’t know, Patchwork Farm buys, sells or swaps any locally grown produce – so bring any excess you might have in your gardens and get involved. Everyone’s welcome to volunteer on the stall as well, so if you fancy playing shop, just ask at the stall.
Guest lunch – Emma and Ian’s Kitchen: Emma says “So as well as our usual amazing melty raclette, we’ll have lots of meze style food that can either be eaten then and there, or put into pots to take away. ALL home made of course. Includes various flavours of hummus (chickpea, beetroot, pea) tabouleh, sweet potato and chilli bites, spinach and feta bites, pea and mint tortilla, guacamole, salsa, pitta, artichokes & olives.”
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: 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.
Wine by Wine Scouts. Natural artisan wines – smooth on the palate and no hangovers. Ask Pedro as he’s visited every vineyard.
Cured meats from The Charcuterie Board: Owen’s ode to swine goes like this “This week, we’ll be slicing hot-smoked bacon, so don’t even think of having breakfast until you’ve come to say hi. Pastrami, guanciale, chilli loin, nape, smoked chump ham (like speck), are all available by the slice on Saturday too. We’ll have our new larger format Wild Boar, Juniper & Caraway; Venison, Pork & Long Pepper; and Chorizo salamis from Native Breeds to buy by the half or whole, as well as a load of Beer Sticks, and Beef Sticks. ‘Nduja is as hot as ever, and we’ll have plenty this week, but alas, only the tiniest smidgeon of crackling, so if you must have it, then we’re open at 10am.” The Charcuterie Boardsupplies British cured meats from Moons Green & Native Breeds.
Cheese from Blackwoods Cheese: We like this new blog about cheesemaker 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.
NEW STALL Cakes and gluten-free by Sweet Carolina. Carolina gave up film making for cake making and now sources local, seasonal organic ingredients for all her South East London baking. For her market debut she’ll be presenting a full range of cakes, including gluten-free.
Bee and butterfly friendly herb & flowering plants from Gipsy Hill Herbs: 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: Please vote for us in the Sussex Food and Drink awardsin the Sussex Food Shop of the Year 2016 category. Thank you! Fish News from Dan: “It’s been a crazy one this week with weather and we have had some very choppy seas. Thankfully all is calmer now ready to get some fish for the weekend. Check out this video of how much our boat was rolling around this week https://youtu.be/Cd3wQ77cKjQ – it’s not all hard work on the boat
Fresh Fish: Whole Sussex Bass: £16.50 per kilo Fresh South Coast Squid: £1.70 per 100g Cornish Scallops: £3.80 per 100g South Coast Mackerel: £7.95 per kilo Monkfish Fillets: £2.55 per 100g Grey Mullet: – £9.95 kilo Irish & Cornish Oysters: £1.20 each Dressed Crabs we have 20! – £6.00 each
There will be more coming in tonight as always. We will have it weighed in and at the market within hours. See you all tomorrow! Dan” 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 honey back in stock, and a fresh batch of pecans. 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 atWild Country Organics and our own CP Patchwork Farm posse.
Brambletye: Stein says “This weekend we will have a selection of fresh vegetables, gooseberries, 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.
Eggs: From Brambletye & Hook.
Bread: From Chas & Momo‘s Thornton Heath bakery, Bread Bread (at the Grain Grocer) andBrockwell Bake (on Jacob’s Ladder).
Handmade Palace: Ask Beth on the stall for information, and to book your place on her pottery courses taking place in September. 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.
Buskers Paradise: Music from Steve Broe & friends. Want to play? Get in touch with Steve via thefacebook 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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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.
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.
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)