CRYSTAL PALACE FOOD MARKET bottom of Haynes Lane / top of Bedwardine Road. Saturdays 10 am to 3 pm.

“Meat, vegetables, fruit, eggs, honey, bread, cakes, salads, hot foods, the Cafe Thing, coffee, tea, pastries, cheese, dairy and munch munch more.”

(And there’s a ‘drop box’ for Norwood Foodbank)

Saturday April 12th

Lots for kids this week.  Come & learn to milk a ‘cow’ with Hook & Son (see the cute pic above), facepainting (raising money for the Salvation Army) and making recycled bird feeders with community arts group Untapped. Full details below.

Flowers: We welcome back local lass Claire with her pretty home grown blooms. Posies & bunches available at a range of budgets, including pocket money ones for kids to give to mum. Lilac, tulips & all sorts of spring goodness.

Meat of the week: 20% off Montague Farm shoulders of lamb.

Hot lunch: Asian street food from Chas & Momo.

Fish: Fresh fish… This week sees the return of the £1 small plaice. Plus red bream fillet £1.95 /100g, sea bass fillets £3.50 each, whole seabass £16.50kg, whole gilthead bream £12.95kg, medium plaice £8.95kg, red gurnard £9.95kg large lemon sole £14.95kg, brill£18.96kg, slip soles (Dover) £2.25 each or 5 for £10.  Smoked fish… smoked hake £14.95kg, smoked haddock £16.95kg, whole smoked mackerel – £5 each, smoked mackerel fillets £3.50 per pack, smoked sprats £1.60/100g, Arbroath smokies £14.95kg, Manx kippers £1.50 each, cold smoked salmon £3.50/100g, kiln roasted smoked salmon  £2.50/100g, large Lowestoft kippers £2.50 each, smoked cod roe – £2.80/100g. There will be plenty of cooked bits and shellfish too.

Kids (& big kids): Come & learn to milk a cow on Hook & Son’s wooden cow. See the pic above – lots of fun!  FREE.  All day.  She needs a name – best suggestion of the day gets to name her.

Kids crafts: 12-3pm Come and join local community arts organisation make recycled bird-feeders and learn more about the new friends who will want to visit your garden. FREE but donations welcome.

Face painting: 11-2pm Sarah from Firebird Facepaints will paint faces for free, and parents can donate a pound or two (or whatever they can afford) to charity – this week she will be supporting our local Salvation Army.  I wasn’t previously familiar with our local Sallies, but in the short time Lorraine & Michael have been at the helm I know of many local needy people they have helped with food parcels, sourcing furniture, children’s clothes and toys etc.  Practical, non judgemental help, and we’re glad to help them.

The Grain Grocer: Tara & Wade are back fresh from their holidays with the usual store cupboard refills, plus hoummous, granola and a dairy free treat.

Gluten free/yeast free/dairy free: Elvira’s Secret Pantry with pecan and cranberries brownies, spiced apple cake, jam crostatine, spinach tart, sausage bites, specialty breads and potato gnocchi pasta.

Cakes: Joe from Brett & Bailey says “Easter is just around the corner, so chocolate will be the star of the show at this Saturday’s B&B stall. Not only will our chocolate Guinness cake and our moreish chocolate brownies be in pride of place, but we’ll also be bringing our new chocolate malt cake – an indulgent one-off special with huge depth of flavour, and generously layered with thick milk chocolate ganache. Also, our mint choc chip cookies will be back due to popular demand – and if white chocolate is more your thing, then don’t miss our raspberry brownies or white chocolate and passion fruit cheesecake. Elsewhere on the stall, it’s your last chance to pick up some semlor before we retire them for the summer season, plus we’ll also have sticky buns, Kentish rhubarb crumble cake, and extra lime and coconut slices – but be quick, as they were gone by midday last timeXx”

Transmitter Magazine: We have copies of the excellent, independently run local magazine at the Patchwork Farm stall.

Romshed Farm visit:  15 adults & 15 kids from CP visited the gorgeous Romshed Farm near Sevenoaks on Wednesday.  The farmer Fidelity Weston was an excellent host, and the kids got to bottle feed an orphan lamb, collect eggs from the chicken coop, walk in a bluebell wood, get in a pig sty with mamma pig Bella and her 13 babies, plus pet a day old calf!  Plus lots of running around in the fresh air, and playing in mud.  The tour of the farm was free, thanks to Fidelity’s land steward funding. We’ll be organising another trip soon. E-mail us if you’re interested.

Recipe of the week: Thai Noodle Salad with Honey Roast Pork & Peanut Dressing

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TILLY’S AT HOME HOLIDAY is being launched today (Saturday) at the Bookseller Crow on Westow Street.

Local author Gillian Hibbs will be at the bookshop – just by the pedestrian crossing – at 11.30 am.

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