We’re so proud to have come joint second in the “Best Food Market” category of The 2015 BBC Food and Farming Awards. Judges Peter Gott and Richard Corrigan praised our produce as “the best they’d come across”, Richard Corrigan even comparing the market to “an orchestra”. Our press release is here but the market is best described in these wonderful blogs about the nomination. Lover of Creating Flavours – Anita-Clare Field Kitchen Counter Culture – Annie Levy Crystal Palace Transition Town – Laura Jane Stacey Toast and Butter – Anne Richardson
Saturday 23 May
Fish, meat, cheese, veg, fruit, eggs, beer, butter, raw milk, bread, charcuterie, pasta, store cupboard refills, cleaning product refills, gluten free, vegan, salads, juices, cakes, pastries, lunch, gifts, coffee, music & kids’ toy stall.
It’s going to be a lovely day tomorrow, sunny, dry and not windy. Don’t miss the dance display outside Antenna Cafe at 1.30pm and pick some some quality second hand toys and pet treats as well. Goulash Valley will be supplying our hot lunch, we’ve got beer from down Gipsy Hill and fresh flowers from Croydon. Happy days.
KIDS – Tina’s Toys will be back with quality second hand toys and find Joseph on his stall raising money for the RSPCA
Don’t miss the award winning Dance Display from Love 2 Dance at 1.30pm outside Antenna: Groups ‘All Starz‘ and ‘Impulse‘ will perform to raise funds to compete at the US World Dance Championships this August. Both groups have already been awarded a ‘Golden Ticket’ at the prestigious international dance competition ‘Starpower’. Donate here to help them reach the Championships. Love 2 Dance have a summer showcase on Saturday 11th of July, will run a summer camp from the 21st-24th of July & are holding a summer fun day on Sunday 26th July.
LUNCH – Visiting: Goulash Valley – Traditional Hungarian goulash from this colourful stall Weekly: Deli items from Comfort & Joy, beef or lamb burgers from Jacob’s Ladder, proper ham sandwiches from The Charcuterie Board.
Flowers – Claraflora – Seasonal fresh flowers, grown in Croydon, will last at least 7 days
Handmade pasta – Pastificio Mansi make beautiful filled pastas – both gluten-free and traditional. Find them in the Courtyard next to the Grain Grocer.
Beer by Gipsy Hill Brewey Southpaw, Beatnik, Dissident – for sale in the Courtyard.
Cakes by Brett & Bailey: “Saturday sees the return of one of our indulgent summer cheesecakes – the baked berry – and our lemon and almond meringue cake, which comes with gently toasted almonds, fluffy meringue, and a rich seam of blackberries. By special request we’ll also have our coffee and Brazil nut cake (layered with vanilla latte butter), plus double carrot cake, rhubarb crumble cake, and pistachio and honey cake. This week’s batch of bomboloni come filled with a luxurious limoncello cream; we’ll have some scrumptious bakewell squares made with fresh raspberries; and plenty of peanut butter bars too. Plus sticky buns, mint choc chip cookies, and our infamous dark chocolate brownies with pecans, white choc chunks and fleur de sel.
Courtyard Cheese & Charcuterie: From Owen at The Charcuterie Board: Cheek and Jowl. This week Fred will be featuring Guanciale (air-dried pork jowl) and Buttock (air-dried pork rump ham), and encouraging you to think of them as staples in your larder. A little bit of either adds an awful lot of flavour to pastas, risottos, salads, and more, so replace the supermarket bacon and parma ham with these handmade British alternatives packed with natural flavour from our Kent supplier Moons Green. Also on the stall this week; Beef, Pork AND Duck Beer Sticks; Crackling; ‘Nduja; a range of Salamis; and the usual Hot-Smoked Pork Belly, Pastrami and Ham by the slice. And ham sarnies of course. The Charcuterie Board supplies British cured meats from Moons Green & Native Breeds.
Dave says “We’ll have loads of our convict series cheeses Edmund Tew and William Heaps and also a raw sheep’s milk washed rind from Cumbria called St James that tastes deliciously like bacon.” Blackwood’s Cheese are an artisan cheesemonger based in Brockley, who use organic milk from Kent. Also find on their stall: Graceburn – a soft cows’ milk cheese marinated in herbs and oil – Little John – A washed-
Rabbits are the ‘pest’ of the week with young kits ambling out into the fields and crossing roads, a danger to crops and cautious drivers alike! The weeds were taken care of out in the fields, with kale (it is growing…!!) spring greens and khol rabi all being cared for with a gentle hoe-ing, preferably in good sunshine to stop anything pulled up from re-rooting. For all our market news, tweets & photographs: Brockmans Farm. Check out more pictures and videos on the farm Twitter feed.”
Antenna Cafe: will be open all day for coffee, cake or glass of something stronger if you prefer.
Good stuff locally
Job – Purveyor of Cheese at Good Taste: Saturdays, 11am–7pm, with a paid lunch break. Pay is more than the minimum wage. Some till work, replenishing the many shelves of booze, cleaning down of the cheese and charcuterie counters and, for the right person, beginning of training on the cheese and charcuterie side of the business. All applicants must be 18 years old or over. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or pop in and ask for Manish in the shop.
New group – Transition Kids: Do you have kids, or one on the way? Interested in meeting other parents and kids & sharing ideas about eco living? Check out this brand new group.
Do you like the Grape & Grain the way it is? Check out this petition to the new freeholder.
Bridge House Theatre in Penge are applying for funding from the Mayor of London’s High Street Fund and need to also raise funds themselves. Please support them if you can. https://spacehive.com/bridgehousetheatre The Bridge House Theatre is magnificent new professional fringe theatre in the London Borough of Bromley. It’s above the Bridge House pub on Penge High Street, a minutes walk from Penge West Station.
[STILL WANTED] Job – The Conquering Hero are looking for bar staff. “We are now hiring part time bar/ waiting staff. Experience preferable but we are happy to train you. Must be sociable and able to work some evenings and weekends. PM us for more details.”
[STILL WANTED] Job – The Grape & Grain are looking for a competent cook who doesn’t mind cleaning and maintenance, to come and work in their pub kitchen. Do you know anyone who might fit the bill, hours to be negotiated. Please message Heather Grover.
[STILL WANTED] Job – The Great Exhibition in East Dulwich are looking for a commis chef. “The job involves food preparation, simple cooking under supervision from a senior chef, helping on the pass, general health & safety, maintaining high standards of cleanliness and hygiene. If anyone thinks they can fill this role please get in touch with Ali.”
Love 2 Dance Dance Display from 2 prize winning groups ‘All Starz‘ and ‘Impulse‘ 1.30pm outside Antenna
Claraflora Fresh seasonal flowers from Croydon
Tina’s Toys Quality second hand toys for sale
RSPCA stall Joseph selling animal friendly products
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
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 and bagels
Prepared Food Stalls
Brett & Bailey Cakes
Owl Kitchen Gluten free sweets & savouries
Pastificio Mansi Handmade pasta HAYNES LANE COURTYARD
Comfort and Joy Wraps, salads, those famous scotch eggs & more
Jacob’s Ladder Farms Beef & stilton burgers + lamb & mint burgers
Goulash Valley Traditional Hungarian goulash and more
For more information see Producers
Also, see the brilliant recipe suggestions using produce from the stalls.
There has been an unbelievable response to our BBC Food & Farming awards Best Market nomination and we’re listing some of the blogs below. We are almost overwhelmed by the things that have been written:-
And we’ve been on the Robert Elm’s show!