Crystal Palace Food Market voted best in UK in loveFOOD awards 2015

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Crystal Palace Food Market is so proud to have been named “Best Food Market in the UK” by loveFOOD, taking 32% of the vote.  

This market was set up by Crystal Palace Transition Town as an alternative to the current food system, with the hope of changing our locals’ weekly shopping habits.  We want to thank the whole of Palace for supporting us week in, week out, even when it’s pouring with rain or blowing a gale.

“We are so grateful,” said organisers Karen Jones and Laura Marchant-Short.  “This represeCAFxIHTW8AAqdtm.jpg-large-e1436961316103-169x300nts a culmination of years of hard work by not only ourselves and our community of volunteers, food growers, producers and market traders, but also a recognition of both local markets and local communities supporting each other.   Our market was self-funded and set up on volunteer energy, and represents the power of Transition Towns to bring people together and just get things done.  So many long-term friendships have been formed during our Saturday market, between the market team, all our many volunteers, farmers, food producers and artists, in fact everyone in our community. Most of our visitors are regulars, and they are now really getting to understand the provenance and seasonality of the food they are buying and eating,” said Karen.  

“It’s a great honour to be part of the loveFOOD Awards and to be in the company of such a strong shortlist of finalists.  Congratulations to St George’s Market in Belfast and Ripley Market for their placements.  These awards give us a platform to talk about the principles that we set up and run the market by – supporting sustainable farmers and local food producers, building community resilience and helping to protect traditional farming knowledge and varieties. “One of the best things about the market for me is that it contributes to a deeper connection to nature and community”, said Laura.  

 “We try to ensure that everything is covered each week, without duplicating any stalls so you’ll find a wide range of organic meat , British charcuterie and sustainably caught fish (along with oyster bar), lots of organic fresh fruit and vegraw dairy and locally made cheese, our Grain Grocer, bread baked in Brixton and Thornton Heath and locally produced cakes, gluten free goodies, deli items, preserves and pickles, artisan beers, small vineyard & natural wines as well as a different street food for lunch each week,” explains Karen.

We usually have a free or small donation children’s activity, gardening advice or cooking demonstration as well,” adds Laura, “and our friends Antenna Studios run a lovely licensed cafe and recording studios next door which lend the market a great vibe.  We must also give a special mention to our other neighbours Haynes Lane market – eclectic collectables at their best.”

The market also provides a free platform for the many other Crystal Palace Transition Town projects, including hosting our artist and makers collective stall Handmade Palace, and our Patchwork Farm stall, which sells or swaps gluts grown anywhere in Crystal Palace.   This includes any patch of soil or window box as well as our Transition Town’s community gardens, all the local back gardens and any nearby allotments.  Stalls are also provided at no charge to community groups such as schools, scouts, churches and charity fund-raisers and we host a vibrant busking spot called Buskers’ Paradise alongside the studios. 

The market, located on Haynes Lane, off Westow Street, SE19, happens every Saturday from 10am to 3pm.  See you soon!

www.crystalpalacefoodmarket.co.uk    @CPFoodMarket      @CPPatchworkFarm

www.crystalpalacetransition.org.uk     @CrystalPalaceTT     @HandmadePalace