Small Business Saturday on December 2ndIt’s Small Business Saturday.  We’re very lucky in Palace to have so many independent businesses, including our lovely traders.  How do you take part?  Buy, eat, drink locally. Tag your instagram & twitter photos with #shoplocalSE19 and #SmallBizSatUK.  Share the love.

It’s December, so we can say the C word! It’s time to get your Christmas orders in at the market. For Veaseys and Gill Wing Farmyou’ll need to fill in the forms at the stall. Brett & Bailey and London Smoke & Cure are taking orders via their websites. For Elvira’s Secret Pantry, Owl Kitchen, Wine Scouts and Capo Caccia speak to them on the stalls.

Finally, here’s our latest Crystal Palace Transition Town newsletter, including details of our Christmas get together & carol singing at the market with Katie Rose & the Crystal Palace Transition Town Choir.

Christmas Hours

Open as usual: 2 December, 9 December, 16 December, 23 December
Closed: 30 December
Reopening: 6 January

Lunch – Intoxyque Nigerian street food made by Anuli. She makes her food ‘not spicy’ and you can buy little pots of chilli sauce of various heats to spice it up to your liking.  Jollof Rice (V+, GF, DF) £3,  Fried Plantain (V+, GF, DF) £1,  Akara – bean fritters (V+, GF, DF) £2,  Chicken thighs  (GF,DF) £2, PUFF PUFF (contains wheat and dairy) £2.

Breakfast & lunch – Meru Galettes Made by Michelle & Gabriel. The new special is leek, cheese, egg, mushrooms, spinach, seeds, parsley & chilli.

Vegan lunch – Return to Shashamane Emilia is making us “Salads & sauces – chickpea salad with wakame seaweed; kidney beans with cardamom seeds and fresh tarragon; butter beans toasted with seeds and herbs; Mexican cabbage salad with herbs, chillies and onion; polenta chips; coriander chimmichurri sauce; quinoa salad with radish sprouts. Hot – butter beans puree; spicy sauce with cayenne pepper; lentil tikka masala stew.”

Lunch & deli – Comfort & Joy Hot tasty wraps, salads and those famous (enormous) scotch eggs plus takeaways – curries, lasagne and more.

Honey – Maubon Honey Janet and Laura say “We are back with our selection of honey, including cut comb, set and soft set honey. All our bees forage from our cottage garden in Essex and feed only on their own honey. Please come and sample. See you there.”

The Store Cupboard: Some of the crew

Storecupboard refills – The Store Cupboard  Anna says “Get your bottles ready, we have olive oil back in the store: It has been a long waiting time, and we’re really sorry about this. But our new olive oil is extra delicious. It comes from Greece, and we buy it from the family business Elia Olive Oil, based in West Norwood. Come by and taste it.  We also have Apple Cider Vinegar this week!”  Card payments welcomed. We love people who bring their own containers to refill.

Meat – Gill Wing Farm Christmas orders being taken too.  Christmas orders must be written in the book at the stall.  Please text/ring Andrew on 07920 850653 to place any other orders.

Fish – Veasey’s   Recipe for a good Kedgeree: HERE   Place your pre-orders with us either by email on or by phone on 01342 822906.

Cheese & Charcuterie – Capo Caccia Antonio says “Ciao! This Saturday we’ve a new aged organic Pecorino Cheese, black olives, smoked ricotta, pork loin Filetto and Myrtle salami!”  Find prize winning Antonio in the courtyard, next to Meru Galettes.

Raw milk, butter & other dairy – Hook & Son Organic raw milk and dairy, from farmer Steve’s closed herd on the Pevensey Levels.  They’ve just been featured on Channel 4, “A Year on the Farm” – check it out here.  NEW on the stall is organic Labneh – middle eastern inspired yoghurt – find it alongside their divine ghee, raw cream and butter.

Olive oil – Apulia  Organic extra virgin olive oils, homemade artisanal pasta (made with the best local varieties of organic wheat such as ‘Sanatore Cappelli’) and other Apulian traditional specialties, such as vegetables in olive oil, pasta sauces and baked products.

Smoked goodies – London Smoke and Cure  Ross says “We love Christmas as much as you do so right now we’re getting prepped so you’ll have all the feasting food you need for your celebration. Here’s some festive things worth knowing –

Pre-orders: We’re currently taking pre-orders for all of your smokey Christmas needs. And, we’re giving a 10% discount for all order over £60 placed by 9th December. Wowzers! Talk to Ross on the stall or call 07837 838 241.

Gift Ideas: This year we’re offering a range of foodie based gift options. Here’s a selection – small and large luxurious hampers, smoked food and bacon lessons, vouchers, cheese boxes, cookbooks, whole sides of salmon, bacon subscriptions or even something tailored and bespoke. Make you friends and loved ones happy!

Collection: We’ll be available at every market through to Christmas. You can collect all produce at the market or if you’d prefer collect from the smokehouse in the Triangle.

This week we’ll have our normal (legendary) cheese table with possibility of a few new gems making an appearance. We’ve also got good stocks of our original sashimi-grade smoked salmon and we’ll be giving away a free smoked butter with every copy of The South London Cook Book. Brilliant.  Things are sure getting busy so come early to avoid disappointment.”

Preserves – Fruition Preserves Wendy says “My preparations for Christmas are all done. We have some fantastic homemade treats to offer for the festive season (its our last time a Crystal Palace until next year). My deliciously different  light, fruity, boozy, no-added sugar, no-fat xmas pudding is the perfect after-turkey-dinner treat. We’ll also have our special range of Cheese Condiments; my mighty Quince Jelly, Fig Relish and new for this year a punching Red Onion Marmalade; sold singly or in pretty gift sets. Also tangy Cranberry Sauce laced with orange and port. And for the foodie in your life why not pick up a ketchup and compote gift set? Oh and our homemade Membrillo! Our stall will be groaning under the weight….. Tasters will be aplenty; so pop down, have a try and get stocked up with festive treats and presents.”

Gluten free – Elvira’s Secret Pantry Elvira is cooking up “Sweets: Full range of Christmas bakes including biscuits, chocolates, bundt cakes, mince pies and panettone! Savouries: a selection of quiches and sausage rolls.”

Natural wine – Wine Scouts   Pedro says “We’re going to taste a bright, sunny red from the volcanic Tenerife in the Canary Islands. Bodega Tajinaste Listan Negro: spicy redcurrant and cherry scents are complicated by dried rose and blood orange. Juicy and penetrating, offering lively red fruit flavors and a hint of black pepper. Finishes brisk and appealingly sweet, with gentle tannins and lingering red fruit notes. This wine is made from ungrafted Listan Negra vines – phylloxera never reached Tenerife- organically farmed, and many are over 100 years old. Yum!”  Pedro takes online orders too.

Bread & patisserie –  Claude’s Boulangerie and Patisserie Bread & pastries and brownies, all made in SE London.  Come and see Orlo or Kuba on the stall.


Brett & Bailey: Christmas time

Cakes – Brett & Bailey  “Joe says “You’ll find us in full festive mode at every remaining Brett & Bailey stall this year. This Saturday we’re bringing lots of our luxury handmade Christmas cakes and puddings (we’ve already sold out of a couple of varieties of puds, so come along early or order now at, stollen swirls, and our spectacular ‘White Christmas’ cake with Cointreau-drizzled almond sponge, white chocolate buttercream and spiced sweetened cranberries. Other cakes by the slice include chocolate Guinness, chocolate clementine with home candied peel, double carrot, chestnut cheesecake(as recommended by About Time Magazine), and squares of plum crumble with walnuts and stem ginger.

We’ll also have plenty of our usual favourites – expect peanut butter bars, pumpkin pecan pie, cardamom knots, salted chocolate and pecan brownies, sticky buns, stollen swirls, peanut butter and milk chocolate chip cookies, and plenty of homemade preserves.

Looking for a non-edible Christmas gift? Pick up a copy of the South London Cook Book. Starring a selection of quality Crystal Palace food businesses, as well as plenty of others from Battersea to Bermondsey, the book features almost fifty recipes (including two of our very own). And, if you buy the book directly from us, we’ll thank you with the free gift of another two Brett & Bailey recipes.

Missing the market? Remember that the Brett & Bailey online shop is always open.”

Seasonal vegetables, salad, herbs & fruit – Brambletye Fruit Farm, Brockmans & Wild Country Organics

Eco Products – Roots & Cycles Cleaning refills, reusable bamboo coffee cups, all sorts of compostable and recyclable kitchen and bathroom products and NEW plastic free toothbrushes with refillable toothpaste (spearmint & fennel).  BYO containers – #nowaste here.  Cosmo says “Extending our zero waste credentials a little further we cycled off to Leyton today to visit Funky Soaps. They offer package free, vegan, fairly traded and made in London Soap!! We can now offer you by the bar or gram for general soap, shampoo, conditioner and dog shampoo. Body wash refills to follow.”

Recycled lamps Roots & Cycles – beautiful lights made from thrown away things – Cosmo’s an electrician with an artist’s eye – come and browse.

Retro Images – Images Delmar

Local art & crafts – Palace Makers  Jakki says “On 2nd December it is Small Business Saturday so we invite you to come along and support Palace Makers. We have an array of locally handmade pieces for you to choose from. There will be screen prints of local landmarks, crocheted items, candles, cards, bags, cushions, Christmas decorations, and much more.

Everything on the stall is handmade by local artists, craftspeople and designers. Come along and check it out. Palace Makers is a community stall and is part of Transition Town. If you would like to be part of this weekly stall please contact us via our Facebook page.”

Collectables market – our neighbour market Haynes Lane Market, a treasure trove of collectables.  Click here for a little peek inside.

Cafe – our friends at Antenna Cafe

Crystal Palace Transition Town

The Foodbank – collection point at the market every week. They are running low on: tinned fruit, washing powder, pre made custard, cereals.  Thanks in advance. More details at  Latest delivery 21.4kg. Total donated so far 1580kg.

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.

Follow us on twitter @CPFoodMarket or join us on Facebook.

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

Now on two sites – the normal Antenna car park site and also in the Haynes Lane market courtyard.

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

West Norwood Food bank collection: every week at the market.  Their shopping list  – which changes every so often. – can be found at


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