Saturday 6 March 10-3pm
There’s a lot to celebrate today. This is our 400th market! From Karen’s idea at our Crystal Palace Transition Town’s first AGM to us here today. We’re proud of what we’ve achieved, and extremely grateful to our many supporters.
Thank you to you all, our regulars, our traders, our teens, all our neighbours, Antenna Studios, Haynes Lane Market, the many people who have contributed behind the scenes, and of course our Crystal Palace Transition Town. Special thanks to our co-founder Rachel, who was integral at the beginning of our mad adventure.
I was going to write more, but this from Anna – local resident and Store Cupboard crew, sums it up better than I ever could. Thank you Anna.
“The 400th market, how joyous! To me, the last year has shown that when the world turns upside down and inside out, what can hold us through is a sense of joy and connection. The market had been a real lifeline for many in this community I am sure – for me it certainly has been a source of joy. Yes to be able to get healthy food and support small business, but even more: the nourishment of seeing friendly faces, feeling a sense of community and exchanging kind words. If that’s not joyous, especially in these times, I don’t know what is. Thank you Karen and Laura and all the amazing market workers, what would we’ve done without you this past year!!”
We can’t have a party, for obvious reasons, but we can be collectively proud and pleased of our beloved market. Much love to you all, Karen & Laura xxx
Are we open? Yes, we remain open as an essential service.
What COVID measures are we taking?
Each stall has its own socially distanced queue, managed by on-site stewards.
You will find hand sanitiser on entry and exit.
All open food stalls are cling filmed to create a secure barrier.
Payment is by card transactions.
What we ask you to do?
Make sure you socially distance
Queue singly on the busiest stalls.
Move off site as soon as you have done your shopping.
Don’t linger to chat in the middle of the market.
Wear a mask or visor, if you can.
What happens if the site gets too busy?
We’ll ask people to wait on the adjoining roads until there is room again for safe queuing. Thanks in advance for your patience.
In a group?
Please only one person queue for the busiest stalls.
Got a buggy?
Please be mindful of not blocking the centre of the market or taking up too much room in the queues.
Want to shop when it’s quieter?
Come before 11 or after 1, and we also have a mini market on Thursdays. Details below.
Lots of our traders are offering deliveries. Updated details at the end of this newsletter
Are there public toilets on site?
Sorry, not at this time.
Can I get a coffee?
Yes, Antenna Cafe will be open for:
Takeaway Carnival coffee
Millie Mange Tout treats
Strictly one in, one out, with masks and no lingering.
Haynes Lane Market, Jerry’s Books, Free the Gallery, Alan’s Antiques & Maltpress Trading are all currently closed.
At the market
Return to Shashamane Emilia is back with her wholesome vegan lunch boxes. She says “Many happy returns to the market! Glad to be there on such a day with my vegan wholesome salads, sauces and stews!”
Comfort & Joy Deli stall with pies, scotch eggs, salads, wraps and much more.
VISITORS & RECIPES
Mar de Olivos Mar’s Andalucian olives and extra virgin olive oil.
We have two recipes this week! One from our new resident recipe writer Alison McNaught, and one for old time’s sake from our co-founder Rachel de Thample. Click here for Rachel’s recipe, plus her thoughts on our 400th market.
He’s back! The Wine Scout Pedro says “Hello! This week we’ll taste the beautiful, natural red Garnacha Rambla del Peligrés from Alicante in Spain. A fragrant strawberry bouquet and a nicely rounded flavour with dusty tannins and plush fruit. Quite an elegant and fresh wine with a medium body. Bottled unfined and unfiltered with minimal SO2. Come taste!
CAKES, PASTRIES, BREAD
Brett and Bailey It’s so exciting that the market is 400 editions old this weekend – we’ll be raising a glass with our G&T cake layered with luscious lime curd. Plus Speckled Egg cake, blueberry and lemon cheesecake, and our full range of preserves including new season rhubarb and pink pepper. See the full menu here.
Bread Bread Sourdough, rye, foccacia, olive sticks, croissants & other pastries, cinnamon buns, cake and more.
Holly Farm butcher Andy says “My market news is that I’lll have all the normal meats – pork, beef, lamb and chicken whole and cuts. Plus sausages – venison, pork and if I can get enough wild garlic. Fingers crossed.
As for it being the 400th market and my thoughts that’s so easy . It’s been the happiest time of my working life . And made some amazing friends not only at the market but all my customers. They are always thanking me for going there. Now it is my turn to thank them all for their amazing support. Without them there would be no me, so thank you.”
Veaseys fishmonger Nick & Jemima will be there with a full slab of fresh and cooked seafood.
Hook & Son dairy Raw or pasteurised dairy; milk, plus butter, cream, ghee, yoghurt, eggs and beef. All organic and pasture fed. Almost all from their own farm.
FRUIT & VEG
Brockmans organic fruit and veg Patrick says “We have sold at markets in London since 2001and the CP community market has been one if not the most supportive one we have worked with. This has been in terms of trading, promotion and direct contact with the farm and the understanding of what we do and challenges we face.
During the first lockdown when we lost 60% of our markets to closure CP remained open for us and also helped promote our home delivery service, both of which were an absolute life line for us. Many congratulations for the 400th market and long may they continue!”
Wild Country Organics Veg, salad and herbs, all organic, and all grown on Adrian’s farm near Cambridge.
Brambletye fruit, veg & eggs Biodynamic veg, mushrooms, apples, the best apple juice, ferments, eggs, and more. All grown themselves on their farm in Forest Row.
Capo Caccia Antonio says “I’ll be there myself to celebrate the 400th market in style. Very happy and proud to be part to a such good vibrant market for 4 years now Our only weekly market where we feel part of a strong supporting community with an lovely market team and splendid solar managers .
And this Saturday it’s all about the rainbow with our yellow saffron pecorino, black truffle organic cheese, evergreen olive oil, white Sardinian feta and red chilli caciotta piccante.”
London Smoke & Cure Ross says “First things first – HUUUUGE congratulations to the Crystal Palace Food Market team, their Transition Town friends and of course all of the customers on achieving their 400th market. That really is quite some feat and we feel very lucky not only to be a small part of it but to have it as part of the community in which we live. I think everything that’s good in the world can be witnessed every Saturday and long may it continue! Here’s to the next 400.
Callum is on the stall this week. not only will he be exuding his normal affable charm but he’ll be bringing with him a selection of stock that will make some of London’s finest delis and fromageries jealous.
Back in stock this week we’ve got the long sought after Toulouse sausage and the first flushes of Koji-cultured bresaola. We’ve also got some brand new Langres, as a well as a few other new cheeses that we’ve not had before and it’s all very exciting.
We can’t wait to see you down there. Cheers, Team LS&C”
The Store Cupboard We love this from Bianca “Working at The Store Cupboard was so much fun and the customers are really inspiring with thier commitment to reducing plastic and dedication to shopping local. As a former private chef that has shopped in all the spendy wholefood places the products are top notch, fresh and inexpensive. The Store Cupboard is a hidden gem.” Price and product list here.
Roots & Cycles Read their January newsletter here. Eco household refills, locally hand made natural beauty products. Plus recycled paper, plastic free toilet paper, soap and much more. Price and product list here.
During the week
Thursday mini market
Prefer to shop on a quieter day? We’re here for you.
9-1pm Bread Bread Sourdough, rye, foccacia, olive sticks, croissants & other pastries, cinnamon buns, cake and more.
9-1pm Hook & Son Raw or pasteurised milk, plus butter, cream, ghee, yoghurt, eggs and beef. All organic and pasture fed. Almost all from their own farm.
10-1pm The Store Cupboard Organic wholefoods, by weight. Buy as much or as little as you need. We sell pulses, grains, nuts, seeds, dried fruit, tea, spices, herbs, superfoods. Plus prepackaged flour, nut butters, tahini, coconut oil, maple syrup. Price and product list here.
The Store Cupboard opening hours
Wed 2-7, Thurs 10-1, Sat 10-3 We sell nuts, grains, seeds, pulses, herbs, spices, tea, dried fruit, oil, vinegar, seaweed, herbal remedies, superfoods & more. Price and product list here.
Roots & Cycles opening hours
Eco shop. Refill washing and cleaning liquids, plus toilet paper, bamboo toothbrushes, soap and much more. Price and product list here.
Handmade wooden chopping boards – Russ Got Wood Our favourite tree surgeon Russ says “Buy my boards! Your mum told me she wants one.” Prices range from £20 to £60. Or if you want something bespoke get in touch to see what he can do. You can call Russ on 07475454962 or contact him via his facebook page.
Upcycled kids clothes, masks & more – Y Kairos Snezana says “Dear all, hope you are safe and well. I am looking forward to be back trading at the market as soon as is safe to do so and until then I’m offering free delivery to Crystal Palace customers. If you are ordering from my website www.ykairos.etsy.com, enter CPFM21 at the checkout for free delivery. Otherwise, you are welcome to order through my social media channels www.instagram.com/y_kairos, www.facebook.com/YKairosLondon by private message, or email [email protected] See you soon Snezana x
Cheese & charcuterie – Capo Caccia Antonio says “Cheese, cured meat, pasta, olive oil and more. New for January 2021 – new season olive oil in stock! Free delivery to Crystal Palace customers with the pick up option.”
Smokery – London Smoke and Cure Ross says “Hi to all our lovely customers! We hope you’re all staying healthy and happy. It has been such a tough year but I take solace that the end is in sight and we’ve strong community to help us through. For those that would prefer to get ahead of the game and order online we are taking orders through our website, which is londonsmokeandcure.co.uk.
Additionally we offer a 5% discount code for all Crystal Palace Food Market customers. Just enter CPFOODMARKET at the checkout. Here you’ll find our full range of bacon, hand-linked fresh sausage, cold smoked salmon and charcuterie. All made by hand locally by a small and passionate crew of guys and girls. Once you’ve placed an order you’ll be able to either collect from the smokery in Streatham or from the Crystal Palace Market, or alternatively have it delivered by Chris on a Friday on our eco-cargo bike.”
Natural wines – Wine Scouts Pedro is on holiday at the moment. Back in February some time.
Preserves – Fruition Preserves ““We are taking a bit of a break over Xmas and New Year, returning to markets from the end of January. Although we are not at markets, we will be busy restocking after a busy Xmas and we will also be making new batches of our Seville Orange and Sicilian Lemon Marmalades.
Thank you to all of our customers for your support throughout 2020, which has truly been touch and go for us small producers. However, with your loyalty and support we have managed to survive!
Throughout January, we continue to offer free local contactless home deliveries, free of charge, to the following postcodes:SE27, SE14, SE15, SE19, SE20, SE21, SE22, SE23, SE24, SW2, SW4, SW9, SW16. You are welcome to place orders, however small via email [email protected] or text 07989 975 633. Payments are taken in advance by card (via SumUp link) so that we can keep it all contactless. Check the website for all our products and our price list.”
Free from cakes – Simply Tay Cakes (8 inch) for £15. No contact collection from SE19 2LE, or delivery available if you are isolating. VG = vegan, GF = gluten free (not suitable for coeliacs). To order text Tay to 07896126916 or via messenger.
Olives and olive oil – Mar de Olivos Mar says “Hi to everyone and hope you are all staying safe. Just a quick note from me. Whilst the lockdown situation continues and until further notice, we would like to help our great and loyal customers from Crystal Palace Food market by arranging free delivery (spending a minimum of £15) to the following postcode areas: SE19, SE20, SE25, SE26 and SE27. We’ll arrange deliveries on Monday and Thursday each week. You can check our offers for olives and extra virgin olive oil at http://mardeolivos.co.uk/shoponline. If you have any questions/queries I can be contacted at 07803 299249, [email protected] or any of my social media channels. Stay safe and keep well!”
Olive oil – Elia Olive Oil George says “We are still delivering via our online store www.eliaoliveoil.co.uk. We are fully stocked for orders and have a couple of special offers to check out too. We have also included a function to enable free collection from us in West Norwood, if you would prefer. Please email us at eliaoliv[email protected] to discuss any wholesale requirements. All the best and hope to see you again soon!”
Meals & snacks
Me Nan’s Turnip Kebabs – Spiced patties made of turnips mashed with lentils. Silky smooth and stuffed with finely chopped onion, mint and green chili.
Lucknowi Hotpot – Succulent pieces of mutton slow cooked with onions, whole garam masala, garlic and ginger. Garnished with fresh green chilies and coriander.
Green Chicken – Succulent pieces of boneless chicken marinated in coriander, yoghurt and green chillies.
Cauliflower n Cheese– cauliflower cooked with Indian cheese – paneer in a thick tomato sauce made with onions and spices.(vegan option available)
Bad Mash & The Peas – Spicy mashed potato cooked with spring onions, tomato, mint, coriander accompanied by peas in spicy Indian gravy.
Vegetable Pilau – basmati rice cooked with seasonal vegetables.
Pakistani supper club and samosas – Simply Tay Watch out for her supper clubs. Details will be posted by Tay NC on our market facebook page. Or text her on 07896126916. In the mean time – Samosas £2 each freshly fried, or £1.50 frozen. Minimum order 12.
Jamaican food – Jerky Fridays Patsy says “At Jerky Fridays we will be doing our own deliveries from our set menu. All orders will need to be pre-booked by the Thursday lunchtime. I will send out the weekends menu on a Wednesday for a delivery on either the Friday or Saturday. Each week the menus will alter slightly. If you’re interested let me know then I can add you to my mail out list. Delivery charges will apply.”
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.
News From Crystal Palace – we love this local news page from our friend, journalist Jerry Green.