THIS WEEK AT CRYSTAL PALACE FOOD MARKET
One of the great advantages to eating farm to fork is that it helps us keep in touch with the seasons. August is nature’s bounty and this can really be felt on the stalls – laden with freshly picked fruit and veg. Of special note are the tomatoes, full of the summer’s sun and at their best right now. Tastiest eaten at room temperature, with a splash of olive oil, a sprinkle of sea salt & some torn fresh basil. We are lucky to have Wild Country Organics at our market, who grow the largest range of organic tomato varieties in their unheated greenhouses near Cambridge. You can also get the fresh basil on their stall and the olive oil from the Grain Grocer in the courtyard, along with the sea salt (don’t forget to bring your own bottle to fill.) Tomatoes were introduced into the UK in the 16th century as a decorative plant as it was believed they were poisonous!
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
Waggle & Hum 10:30-11am
Make Wild Jewellery 11am-2pm
Bug’s Club (Westow Park) 11am-12am
Haynes Lane Courtyard
Handmade bread, savouries & sweets from Chas & Momo: In the courtyard, next the the Grain Grocer. Baguettes, sourdough, rye, croissant, brioche, all sorts of baked treats. Want something in particular? Just ask them – Chas makes everything himself in their bakery in Thornton Heath.
Store cupboard refills from the Grain Grocer: As well as nuts, seeds, pulses etc, did you know the Grain Grocer also sells extra virgin olive oil, raw coconut oil, apple cider vinegar, balsamic vinegar, tamari, maple syrup, peanut butter, tahini and more. All organic. It’s a little Aladin’s Grocery Cave in there! They also sometimes stock Bread Bread organic loaves.
Antenna car park
Artisan Tea: Nigel is back this week with a full range of his South Norwood blended teas.
Fish: An excellent week for fish: SMOKED Naturally Smoked Haddock – £16.95kg Oak Roasted Kiln Smoked Salmon – £2.50 per 100g Cold Smoked Sliced Salmon – £3.50 per 100g Manx Kippers – £1.50 each Whole Smoked Mackerel – £5 each Smoked Mackerel Fillets – £3.50 per pack Smoked Sprats – £1.60 per 100g FRESH Organic Salmon Fillet – £4 Steaks Sushi Quality Tuna Loin – £3.20 per 100g Swordfish Steaks – £2.60 per 100g Whole Lemon Sole – £14kg Whole Sea Bass Medium – £16kg Whole Plaice – £7 kg Rainbow Trout Cleaned – £3.50 Each Cod Fillet – £17.95 per kilo Sea Bass Fillets – £3.50 each or 3 for £10 Hake Fillet – £18 per kilo Sardine Fillets – 60p per fillet Whole Sardines – £7 per kilo Large Monkfish Tail – £26 kg Whole Fresh Mackerel – £8.80 kg Skate (Ray) Wing – £14.40 kg SHELLFISH Cornish Rock Oysters – £1.25 each or 6 for £7 Cornish Mussels – £6 per k Large Tiger Prawns – £2.25 each or 5 for 10 Small Tiger Prawns – £2.20 per 100g West Coast Scallops – £3.95 per 100g Dressed Crabs – £6 Each Cooked Crevettes – £2 per 100g Whole Langoustines – £2.50 per 100g
Meat: All our meat comes from a collective of small organic/biodynamic farms in Kent & East Sussex. The animals are kept and fed to the highest standards possible. Pasture fed beef & lamb, outside reared chickens & pigs, many rare breeds & no GM corn or soya products, growth hormones, or unnecessary antibiotics. Join one of our farm trips to see for yourself or check our the Jacob’s Ladder website. On the stall: 20% off organic, pasture fed sirloin, 45day old dry-aged beef (both Brockmans Farm, Kent) – Lamb Montague farm, Pork Elms farm and Chicken Romshed farm. Hot food- Organic beef or lamb burgers or large organic pork hot dogs.
Dairy: Cheese of the week: Pouligny – a raw milk goats cheese, new this week. Jared & Tobyhand select the cheeses every week, at the peak of their flavour. Raw milk, butter, ghee, yoghurts and smoothies on the Hook stall next door. Unpasturised goat’s milk available on the Jacob’s Ladder stall this week (only a few available.)
Raw/vegan/superfoody from Love Bites: Raw tacos with spicy walnut-meat guacamole, cilantro lime salsa & coleslaw: Falafel with cashew tzatziki and chilli sauce: Veg burger sliders with pickled beetroot: Raw Pizza. Flatbreads: Mixed sprouted salad: Raw sandwiches: Potions – Elixirs –Wheatgrass shots – aaaaaaaand yes Chocolate. 😉
Lunch from Forno Viaggiante: Stone baked pizza, made fresh to order by Giancarlo in his lovely Citroen van. Special this week is: Calzone with prawns, chorizo, black olives, onion, jalopeno!
Fruit, veg & farm news: Brambletye… Don’t miss their apple juice – it hits just the right sweet/sour note – back this week as their new barn is now operational – well done guys. Also orchard eggs, kale, onions, leeks. Brockmans… Specials – Cherry tomato punnets – 2 for £2.50, Rainbow Chard bunched 400g £2, 2 for £3.50 for spinach, kale & chard, 2 spinach for £3. They’ll also have purple graffiti cauliflowers, celeriac (with tops), and pink fir apple potatoes. Wild Country… As well as their extensive range of tomato varieties, they’ll also have a great selection of salads, oriental leaves, aubergines, courgettes, herbs (including basil) & edible flowers. Patchwork Farm Stall: Locally grown plums, apples, squashes, courgettes, salad, herbs, and whatever else comes in to sell or swap. Usually walked to the stall from local gardens and allotments. Support your local growing space – Edible Garden (Westow Park) St John’s meadow (Auckland Rd) Edible Bus Stop & Museum Garden (Crystal Palace Park). Details here.
Gluten free from Owl Kitchen: Cakes: cream & raspberry jam Victoria sponge, Lemon Drizzle cake,Vegan courgette & banana cake, sugar-free beetroot torte Other buttermilk & sultana scones, seasonal blackcurrent bakewells, chocolate chip cookies and raspberry frangipane tarts.
Handmade Palace: A great place to buy presents whilst also supporting local artists and makers. With a much lower commission, this means more goes to the artists themselves, the same principle when you buy direct from a farmer. Ask Beth nicely (the ceramic artist who tirelessly runs the stall) if you want something wrapped, and don’t forget you can also get cards.
Alexandra Nurseries (Penge) – Go if you haven’t already, a charming creative buzzy place, full of beautiful plants and ideas. On the 5th of September from 7.30 they’re hosting a music among the flowers evening featuring Sydenham band, Itchy Teeth, a sweet folk duo called Pagoda Sun, and the supremely talented jazz pianist and singer Peter Dale! £15 pp – phone Kathy on 07535977064 to reserve a ticket.
Kids – At the Kid’s Stall 10.30-11am Waggle and Hum stories with Fiona (fromt the Library) – 11am – 2pm Secret Adventures – make wild jewellery with Ema Felix Bugs Club 11-12pm in Westow Park – Charlotte & Vinnie will be running the kiddies nature club weekly until end of August, then monthly –
Do you have any old t-shirts lying about? Rockmount School are making upcycled carrier bags out of old t-shirts and they will be sold at the market in the coming weeks. This project is part of the schools Green Day, and also has the added benefit of reducing plastic bag use. Please drop off tshirty donations to the Patchwork Farm stall.
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Waggle & Hum – 10.30-11am Find Fiona from the library in the market this week. KID’S STALL
Secret Adventurers from 11am to 2pm Make wild jewellery with Ema Felix KID’S STALL
Bugs Club – 11am-12 Edible Garden in Westow Park TOP OF WESTOW PARK
Tigerspring Tea Artisan teas blended in South Norwood
Handmade Palace Locally made arts & crafts
Buskers Paradise Live music in the market thanks to Steve Broe
Pete – Local prints of the Eagles ++