Saturday 23rd February
Organic veg, fruit, meat, fish, eggs, milk, butter, vegan, smokery, natural wine, bread, gluten free, pastries, olives, store cupboard refills (herbs, tea, flours, rice, nuts, oils), eco cleaning refills, eco house supplies, beauty, salads, wraps, lunch, coffee and food bank collection.
Karen says “Bringing properly nutritious food into the heart of Crystal Palace is the reason the market came about. Produce that comes from sustainable sources – organic, biodynamic or similarly produced – which has a much reduced carbon footprint, more nutrition, less toxicity and does not inflict cruelty. Our health is linked to our food’s nutritional content; its mineral, vitamin and phytonutrient content, its pesticide load, its antibiotic and hormone load. As Michael Pollan puts it, “We are what we eat, eats.” And that includes plants.
To deepen this understanding further, I embarked on a journey in 2016 at the College of Naturopathic Medicine (CNM), to study naturopathic nutrition, and this picture represents the culmination of these 3 years, my graduation. A massive thank you to all the stallholders and my family for their support and listening skills (as can go on and on about it), and especially to Laura, my market ‘wife’, for her endless cheerleading and for keeping the market running when I had my head buried in research papers (often).
I will be practicing in Crystal Palace soon (watch this space) but if you’re interested in this stuff, come and find out some of what I’ve been studying at the Crystal Scientifique at 8pm on the 2nd of April at Antenna Studios, where I’ll be talking about ‘The Microbiome’; what it is, what it does, how science is beginning to understand its role in health and disease and what we can do to make sure it (and by extension, us) are happy.”
“You could ask who’s in charge. Lots of people think, well, we’re humans; we’re the most intelligent and accomplished species; we’re in charge. Bacteria may have a different outlook: more bacteria live and work in one linear centimeter of your lower colon than all the humans who have ever lived. That’s what’s going on in your digestive tract right now. Are we in charge, or are we simply hosts for bacteria? It all depends on your outlook.” ― Neil deGrasse Tyson, Space Chronicles: Facing the Ultimate Frontier
And have you visited our budding Wednesday market in the courtyard yet? At the moment, you’ll find the Store Cupboard with all their organic refills alongside Roots and Cycles with eco products and cleaning refills (all at really great prices). The big news is that soon they’ll be joined by Brockman’s farm, with organic and biodynamic vegetables from Kent and Europe as well as eggs. So skip the Saturday queues and help us make this a permanent fixture.
Lunches this week
Lunch & deli – Comfort & Joy Hot tasty wraps, salads and those famous scotch eggs plus takeaways – curries, lasagne and more. Great picnic food to take away.”
Guest lunch – Simply Tay Sarwat is making us “Fish or chicken curry + daal with rice. Vegan aubergine curry + daal + rice. Plus her famous vegan samosas.”
Vegan lunch – Benin Bronze Setondji is cooking up “Savoury Meals – Wholemeal Dumplings (Wheat) served with: Peanut Stew or/and Black-eyed Bean in 3 Chilli Sauce, Lime & Coconut Coleslaw + Benin Style Rice.
Cakes – Brett and Bailey Joe says “This Saturday we’ll have another sweet selection of new favourites, B&B classics, and a one-off South Yorks special edition.
Expect the return of Rhubarbra Streisand, blood orange and elderflower cake, double carrot, chocolate Guinness, baked blueberry and lemon cheesecake, and fat squares of rhubarb crumble. We’ll also have plenty of peanut butter bars, triple chocolate cookies, fleur de sel-sprinkled gooey brownies, sticky buns, cardamom knots and semlor.
Also, a trip to my hometown of Doncaster has inspired me to make a big batch of chocolate concrete – a Donny school dinners classic which you’ll find piled high in bakeries all over the town. We’ve made ours to the original Doncaster Schools recipe – it’s crunchy, chewy, chocolatey and absolutely delicious. So if you’re a South Yorks ex-pat in the mood for a nostalgic nibble then head down early – if yer miss out yer’ll end up wi’ monk on.
Need a whole cake? Order online by Wednesday nights to collect from the following Saturday’s market. See yer soon!”
Gluten-free & vegan – Owl Kitchen Mel is making us “Sweet – Carrot cake, brownies, lemon and raspberry sandwich, raspberry frangipane, chocolate chiffon cake. Savoury – sausage rolls, mini quiche. Vegan – brownies, peanut butter squares, banana and courgette cake, carrot cake, chocolate avocado cake.”
Preserves – Creative All Sorts Christine says “Looking forward to a sunny market this Saturday! There is a new batch of Red Onion Marmalade bubbling away on the hob, new jars of Vegetable Stock Paste waiting to be labeled, wonderful Quince Vinegar, plus your favourite jams, marmalades and pickles. I’ll have a few samples out for you to try. See you Saturday!”
Hot sauces – Chilli Brothers. Nathalie says, “Come & check out our delicious sauces & condiments, some hot some not.”
Olive oil and olives – Yellow Sunshine Plus marinated garlic and turkish sweets.
Chocolate – Gemini Chocolate Single origin bean, vegan chocolate made by Sam.
Storecupboard refills –The Store Cupboard Organic refills by weight, bring your own containers. You can pay by card or cash. Follow us on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook. We are also open on Wednesdays from 2-7pm.
Bakery & pastries – Bread Bread Woodfired bread and pastries, made in Brixton.
Cheese & charcuterie – Capo Caccia Antonio says “This weekend smoked speck, red wine salami and filetto will be at the market with aged organic sheep milk pecorino, crumble goat cheese, spicy pecorino, creamy caciotta and extra virgin olive oil.”
Fresh pasta – Pasta di Grazia – with their full range of handmade pastas and sauces.
Bread – Levain Bakery Chris Masembe and his team at Levain Bakery have a simple philosophy; to make artisan breads to the highest possible standards. All breads are sourdoughs and are made using their own sourdough starter, a labour of love which they have kept going since they first started the bakery. Find Kuba on the bread stall in the courtyard.
Smokery – London Smoke & Cure Ross says “All produce is made and prepared in our new smokehouse just down the road in Streatham. Give me a call on 07837 838 241 for any questions or pre-orders. We’re always happy to talk produce and ideas, or just to have a general chat about life and all its wonder. Look forward to seeing you down there.”
Natural wines – Wine Scouts He’s back! Find Pedro back in his usual spot in the courtyard, between Pasta di Grazia and Levain Bakery.
Produce this week
Meat –Gill Wing Farm Full range of sustainably farmed meats from East Sussex. Meet the farmer and butcher Andrew on the stall.
Butter & other dairy – Hook & Son Organic dairy from farmer Steve’s closed herd on the Pevensey Levels. Please note, for the next couple of months, Hook will not be able to sell raw milk. Please click here for full details. We hope you join us in supporting the farm during this difficult time.
Local growing project –Patchwork Farm Reopening next Spring. Are you a grower or have a fruit tree in your garden? Bring your gluts so they don’t get wasted. Do you like local fruits and veg? Come and see what’s on offer and pay what you want.
Eco products, beauty, artists & makers
Eco products – Roots & Cycles. Eco products, refills and recycled lights. Roots and Cycles is now stocking dishwasher powder.
Shawls and jewellery – Nou Moon Anoushka’s back for a while before she’s off again.
Candles – Kairos Moon Colourful aromatherapy candles, also in the walkthrough.
Beauty – Flore Naturals Natural beauty products made in SE19. Meet the maker Flore on the stall.
Original illustrations – Images Delmar Dylan says “We are delighted to announce Images Delmar now has a stock of fantastic original 1960s school posters for sale. These vintage posters look brilliant framed and we can also help with you choice of picture frame and glass. Our usual selection of handpainted originals and rare prints will also be available, alongside Crystal Palace memorabilia and ephemera. If you haven’t walked through the airtight garage at the food market yet, this Saturday is your chance to come and see something new! We also run a picture framing service, so dig those prints up from under your bed and get them framed ready for springtime!”
Local art & craft stall – Palace Makers back early March. Part of Transition Town and open to Artists, designers, makers and craftspeople who live in the local and surrounding areas. If this sounds like you or someone you know, and you/they might like to be part of this weekly stall, please contact us via our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/Palac
News From Crystal Palace – we love this local news page from our friend, journalist Jerry Green.
Save Central Hill Community – support our neighbours & find out more about the proposed demolition of the estate, and how it would everyone in the area.
Our neighbours – Antenna Studios Music, dance, performances, practice, recording & more. Also loads of great classes and the best coffee in the Palace.
We are proud to be part of Crystal Palace Transition Town. Wondering who we are, what we do, or how you could get involved? Our blog section is a great place to start or this talk given by Joe Duggan, one of the co-chairs.