Brockley Market: Week 2

Just a quick update from the good people of Brockley Market, who report that after their expectations-busting opening weekend, they enjoyed another good turnout on Saturday of more than 1,700 shoppers.

Organiser Toby says:

"We would please like you comments and suggestions, we have now had our second new weekly market and would like to hear what you think about produce on offer? Freshness? Prices? What else you would like to see at the market? And any stories of the produce you have cooked and how was it, etc."

88 comments:

Anonymous said...

One more sizable veg stand and the dairy sorted out would just about cover my weekly needs. Maybe someone doing jams too?

max said...

I loved the Woodwind Quartet, the mussels were also probably the best I've bought in London. The Red Mullet was also excellent but a bit pricey.

Anonymous said...

Came down the 2nd weekend. Thought it was great. The main draw to get me down is the promise of good lunch/brunch/breakfast options - so more of those would be welcome. We really enjoyed Beulah's jerk chicken & the Red Herring smoked chicken sandwich on Saturday for lunch. Dark Fluid's (iced) coffee was excellent too. I'd normally be looking to buy fruit/veg/flowers/plants/fish. The specific flower stall was low on flowers/choice when we got there (arrived pretty late on) & we ended up buying some of the very cheap ones on one of the veg stalls - but they weren't in great condition once unwrapped at home it has to be said. Also, we may be considered lazy, but the 2pm finish felt very early. Any chance of extending 'til 3pm?

Brockley Market said...

Jams/Preserves coming very soon...

There is a dairy stall next to the coffee cart, to the right.

There are three stalls selling Veg

The fisherman catch the fish on a Friday and bring to the market the following day, have compared the prices to Supermarkets and other fishmongers and about the same.. maybe a little higher on certain things but paying for the freshness.

For those interested both stall that sell meat (Marsh farm and Independent Trotters) will take orders during the week should you want a certain joint for a roast etc.. bought up to the market for saturday collection.

Toby said...

Get Mr Wellbeloved to bring some pies up from Deptford.

Brockley Market said...

@ Anonymous said... 3 October 2011 17:29

It was the flower stall's first day, so predicting numbers was tricky (they don't trade elsewhere so any leftovers are wastage)

The licence from the college is until 2.00pm at present but that could change next spring if the market is a success over the winter months.

Brockley Market said...

@ Toby said...3 October 2011 17:45

We have spoken to Mr Wellbeloved about this already

TJ said...

Went for the first time this weekend - was great - would be nice to have the whole car park filled soon - with more fruit, veg, fish meat etc stalls - some competition. I liked it that it wasn't a craft market pretending to be a farmers makret.

Would like to see: eggs, pies, cheese more fruit, perhaps even dry goods (such as pastas and rice etc) - then I could do my weekly shop on the street I live on.

Brockley Market said...

TJ said...3 October 2011 17:56

The game stall sells half dozen free range eggs from it's farm for £1!

There are two stalls selling cheese. There are two stalls selling UK seasonal fruit. We can only grow in size if people support the market on a weekly basis and there is foot fall to do so. We have been amazingly lucky with the weather for the first couple of markets, autumn and winter are upon us.

Foxberry Flo said...

Slightly horrified to find that the sausages I paid £3.50 for contained monosodium glutamate (MSG). Not what you'd expect from a small producer. It was the stall nearest the entrance. Didn't realise until I got home and checked the ingredients. My own fault for not looking while I was there I suppose. Otherwise i love the market. The flower stall was a lovely addition this week.

Monkeyboy said...

The mackerel I bought were super fresh. I'm a bit of a wuss with fish and like that the stall doesn't smell "fishy"

Bought clams last week and from a good bag full only found one that was dead. Excellent.

Yep, eggs were good as was the cheese.

What bought hams etc...?

Anonymous said...

it would be interesting to know if the permanent shops selling similar goods in Brockley/Crofton/Ladywell and surrounding areas, and, when it occurs next, the Farmers market on Hilly Fields, are seeing their sales go down as a result of this new market.

NAT said...

Two different types of 'pigeon n' peas' on succesive weekends courtesy of the game man.

Great stuff!

max said...

I forgot to mention the Mini Olive Focaccia I snacked listening to the Woodwing Quartet. Pure bliss.

Anonymous said...

My last post went a bit mental. I was asking for ham and stuff.

Gyrating Badger said...

My wife came down the hill with me this time and was extremely excited about the MEAT PRODUCTS and the CHEESES.
We bought some apple juice at a very reasonable price, and I checked the DARK FLUIDS to see if my tastebuds had been playing tricks on me last week. They hadn't.
Great stuff.

pam said...

I bought a lovely chicken pie, can't remember the name of the stall, but it was lovely with the plum tomatoes I bought and a little pickle (not purchased from the market, which is a shame, as I was hoping for pickles/relishes) and a little green salad...delish. Love the market. Well dome

Anonymous said...

Love the market too.

Comments:
We bought fish - quite a lot of it - and it was expensive (but fish is nowadays).
Some plants - will report back
Cakes - overpriced and nothing to write home about.
Cheese- absolutely delicious and worth buying
Sausages - dear but very filling and tasty
Olives - delicious

Quartet - lovely touch and I wanted to tell the ice cream man to be quiet and let them be heard. Maybe some accommodation could be reached with him?

More stalls please

New ones doing - cheaper cakes, lots of them, more cheese, mr wellbeloved please please please and more plants.

Ps coffee and bacon rolls - lose them when other stalls want their pitch....

tracy said...

Hallo All,

Tracy here from Brockley Blooms... all comments noted! ;-)

As Toby said, it was our 1st week & we had a wonderful time, really friendly reception and virtually sold out by 13:30. Apologies then, to anon who arrived later - we'll try to meet your floral needs in future! We learnt a lot about what Brockley likes (Thistles 'yes'... Irises 'no' - who knew?!) but are actively seeking requests & ideas - come and say hi next week! :-)

Best wishes all,
Tracy & Sydney. xXx

tracy said...

PS - Foxberry Flo - thank you for the kind words - definitely come and introduce yourself!

Anonymous said...

Sure, there is dairy there, but it isn't that great and there isn't that much of it. It's adequate but there is lots of room for improvement. In fact, the milk I bought last week was not that great so I opted for the dairy at Blackheath instead, which is superb. Maybe they, like Perry Court and Wild Organics might be up for both? But don't get me wrong, I'm not a hater, I love the market. It's just a suggestion for improvement, as is requesting another veg stall to keep up the variety and competition. You will get the footfall if you deliver the goods. For now I'll be doing the two markets every week, but looking forward to the bright future when I can get it all done at Brockley.

Miss L said...

Went for the first time on Saturday and got a chilli plant, 2 types of cake, plum tomatoes, sweet peppers, lettuce leaves, cucumber, and big bags of apples and pears. Really happy with the quality of everything I bought.

Especially loved the stall where you could bag your own tomatoes and different salad leaves - great for single people like me who don't want huge bags of stuff!

Will try the cheese stall next week. I'm a vegetarian so meat/fish stalls are not for me.

The dairy "stall" didn't look very tempting plus with the honesty boxes, I wouldn't have had the right change (had just spent all my change at the cake stall). And the queue to Dark Fluids went right past it so no room to even go and look.

I will make the market part of my weekly food shop for sure, especially for fruit and veg. Would like to see some arts & crafts every now and then too - maybe nearer to Christmas?

Mb said...

Personally I can do without the arts and crafts. I'd prefer a really good food and drink market, keep it specialised or at least keep the non food stalls to a minimum. A couple on a rotational basis? Or a single stall where various locals can sell there stuff?

Tim said...

I went this Saturday and was impressed. It felt gratifyingly more like Saturday morning in a small French town than a mini Borough market, which was good to see.

2 suggestions to make it even better:

1. A charcuterie stall or two. There is good cheese there already, so somewhere setting cold meats, terrines and so on would be good

2. Representation by some of the area's established shops, especially Degustation. Rather than going to the market and then trekking back to Brockley road to visit Degustation to buy French cheeses and wine, why not have them all on site. They have a ready customer base and instant recognition so should be keen.

Ross said...

"Sure, there is dairy there, but it isn't that great and there isn't that much of it. It's adequate but there is lots of room for improvement. In fact, the milk I bought last week was not that great so I opted for the dairy at Blackheath instead, which is superb. Maybe they, like Perry Court and Wild Organics might be up for both? But don't get me wrong, I'm not a hater, I love the market. It's just a suggestion for improvement, as is requesting another veg stall to keep up the variety and competition. You will get the footfall if you deliver the goods. For now I'll be doing the two markets every week, but looking forward to the bright future when I can get it all done at Brockley."

what was wrong with your milk?

"Ps coffee and bacon rolls - lose them when other stalls want their pitch...."

what does that mean?

Anonymous said...

Bacon and coffees comment - highly priced and not integral to the market. When there are many traders clamouring for pitches, either move coffee and bacon to the side ( fine) or get rid of them. The market has to provide things that a coffee shop doesn't, despite the queues for their wares. (it is counter intuitive I know. )

lactose lover said...

@Ross regarding my milk: Week 1 there was (or seemed to be not long after 10am) full fat onl available in small bottles, no label or expiry date. And the small bottle I did get was so gloppy that my tea was left with oily droplets floating on the top. I'm all about non-homogenized and cream on the top - I even go untreated from time to time - but this just wasn't pleasant. Week 2 the dairy was set up in a tray of ice in the full blaring sun and just wasn't that appealing, particularly given the experience of Week 1. And, generally speaking, it would be nice to also have things like butter, double cream, creme fraiche, buttermilk, etc. available. Basically, a dedicated staffed dairy stall would be nice and if the people providing the milk can do that, awesome.

Anonymous said...

Agree with mb to a point about focusing on food not arts & crafts, but with Xmas approaching wouldn't mind a few special weekends with a bigger market, split in two areas, if the supply is there (maybe Magi would be interested?).

One linked request, but could be done anyway when it gets colder: Glühwein. German Xmas markets are great, mainly because of the mulled wine.

Mondee said...

Please DON'T even THiNK about getting rid of the coffee stall!! As if you would. I had a delicious coffee there on Saturday, the queue moved quickly and it was worth the wait anyway. Just what I needed to kick off my market purchasing.
Tracy, I'm not that into thistles, and irises are probably my fave flower... I just wasn't buying this week!
It was my first visit and I was mainly doing a recce but I bought some meat, fruit and veg, none of which I have yet eaten but it all looks great. I will definitely come whenever I can. My friend bought a lemonade from the dairy stall and it was lush - perfect for a hot summer's (well, autumn's) day. And again contrary to the previous poster, I think the honesty box is a nice touch and makes the market feel friendly and local.
The only things missing might possibly be nice houmous and babaganoush and stuff (or did the olive stand have this?) cold meats etc and chutneys. Maybe a nice big ham to cook in the lead-up to Xmas, and if I were able to order in my free range turkey I would be very happy indeed.
I really liked the sound of the sandwiches on the smoked-allsorts stand, but much as I love all things smoked, I did baulk at the prospect of paying £5.50 for a duck breast. Otherwise, the prices didn't scare me off - veg seemed reasonable and the free range chicken I saw on one stall was the same sort of price as Tesco.
All in all, great.

Sugar + Vanilla said...

@ anon 21.06 - thanks for the feedback re cakes. Can I ask if there was a particular item that you were disappointed with? It helps me assess whether a specific recipe hasn't performed as expected or if perhaps transportation/exposure on the day has had an impact.

On the costs front, it's a delicate balance really. Opting to use organic flour, organic butter and free range eggs does result in a more expensive product. The most costly item we sell is £1.80, cheapest 40p. I guess time will tell if quality of ingredients or price are the priority for Market goers and I will flex to that.

Brockley Market said...

@ Foxberry Flo said...3 October 2011 18:17

"Slightly horrified to find that the sausages I paid £3.50 for contained monosodium glutamate (MSG). Not what you'd expect from a small producerIt was the stall nearest the entrance"

We are horrified you think that (MSG) was listed in the ingredients? you 100% sure?. I have spoken to both the stall holders who sell sausages, there are also no stalls near the entrance selling meat.

Could you mean gluten free rather than MSG?, the were labelled Gluten free sausages available.

Please get back to us...

ali said...

We purchased an awesome whole oven ready duck for a fiver which we felt was excellent value and made a dozen crispy peking duck pancakes. Also some lovely fresh pak choi. Really enjoyed the market and feel v lucky that this is so close to home. Keep up the good work.

Isobel the oboe said...

Thanks Toby for letting @harmonysinfonia members play at the Market on Saturday. It was hot as hades in that corner, and we all came away smelling of jerk chicken but it was loads of fun and we all went shopping afterwards. Lovely soda bread. Hope we can come back before our concert on 19th November at St Peter's on Wickham Rd... And we are still on the lookout for more players as well as an audience! Www.harmonysinfonia.co.uk

Anonymous said...

First time at the Market fish stall was great, sausages great, cheese looked ace although only sampled. Hot food options were a little bit of a let down. Had bad veggie roll no Mayo As promised And poorly run stall. I think in winter being able to bag a decent hot snack might sway me into getting the coat on and walking over. Will deffo go rice and peas next time! Good work hope the support continues as per post above gluwein would be genius come the colder months. See u next week

Caroline said...

Have been both weeks and think it is a great addition to the area.

I think if Wellbeloved was up for having a stall that would be great, as his meat is great and is a very local legend. Degustation there would be fantastic and would hopefully make people who are not aware of their existence aware, as it is such a great shop.

What we loved is that is starting to feel like one of the French markets where you go to get not only some shopping but eat food, see people etc. So I think it would be great to have another breakfast option, the red herring not having the bacon sandwiches this week, we had the London Particular. Maybe the sausage stall could have a line in sausage sandwiches?

Great that you can get 6 free range eggs for £1. Would love to see if there could be salted butter too on the dairy stall.

Agree cured meats would be great too and sure it is a licence thing, but a local brewery maybe, or someone selling a few local beers, maybe some of that Kent wine which can be really good.

love the plant man. I like the perry court veg stall, it is nice to have one thats a bit cheaper. I am not sure if it is organic, but its well priced and I think its fine to have another big old greengrocer stall that isn't organic, not all people want it and might mean more people could afford to buy few more bits there.

Anonymous said...

There's not much wrong with MSG.

Anonymous said...

Not sure how strict the "local produce" thing is. I love Welbeloved, the meat is alwys well kept and expertly prepared but he's a retailer of meat from wherever smith fields sources it from. Besides, I doubt he'll have the time to run a stall. The pies though, now your talking. The steak pies are brill, the chicken ones are kind of average.

Anonymous said...

Great Market. I had a huge slice of Carrot cake for £1.60 which was absolutely delicious. Can't remember the name of the stall unfortunately.

Anonymous said...

Just wanted to add my name to list of people preferring there not to be any arts and crafts stalls. Even at Christmas when you'd think it might be appropriate, bear in mind there may be specialist food stalls wanting a pitch. There is the Brockley Xmas Market on Coulgate St which has crafts stuff.

Surprised to hear there were fewer people there last weekend. The weather was so nice. Perhaps ppl were taking a final summer holiday break like me. But I'll be there next week.

Was anyone selling salami / cured meats?

BrockleyKate said...

Bought lots of stuff, both weeks (as people on Twitter have already heard about, in exhaustive detail!). It's basically covered our household's needs for the week (along with basics and odds and ends from Costcutter), and so we haven't been to Sainsburys at all for the past 2 weeks.

I agree with those who say 'please don't turn it into a crafts-type market' - also, please don't focus too much on the 'occasional luxury buys' end of the food & drink market (chutneys/jams, chocolate, etc) which tend to be over-represented at other markets in my exeprience.

I value the market as a place to do the majority of my fresh food shopping for the coming week, so for me it's about a good bit of fresh fish, some meat, plenty of fruit and veg, some cheeses - and those delicious olive-bread sticks!

Charcuterie and/or Degustation would be good.
Hummous/babaganoush/etc would also be a good idea - have you asked Persepolis in Peckham if they might like a stall?

BrockleyKate said...

PS. I too would like to be able to order my Christmas meats from the market stalls, if possible. I reckon a bumper pre-Christmas food market would do well ... And yeah, don't invite too many craft-y stalls to it!

mintness said...

Persepolis is a great call. A stall like that would leave me seriously out of pocket but very happy.

Foxberry Flo said...

Hi! re MSG....

Sorry I meant the sausage seller that was pitched nearest the entrance. Didn't make myself clear there.

Ingredients on the sausages clearly listed "E621 (flavour enhancer)".
E621 is MSG. The flavour was 'hops and ale' if that helps?

Look, it doesn't matter. I still ate them and they were lovely. I was just surprised.

Love the market.

Fattyfatty said...

I will be making my first visit this weekend and from what I am reading I cant wait!

Would be lovely to buy proper meat from specialists rather than factory cr@p from Tescos :)

Dark Fluid said...

Thanks for the support so far and the kind words here, nice to hear.
I hope you felt we dealt with the queue better 2nd week, did the same amount of drinks but actually got a chance to chat with a few people. We still had a small elec problem early on that hampered us a little, again a lesson learned.
This week we should be adding a roof, better signage and a malted milk latte to replace the iced coffee.
Really enjoyed working the 2nd market, the flowers popped on my stall were a nice touch and a coffee for monkfish exchange made for a very tasty Sunday dinner.
Looks like we will be lucky to get the sun this weekend so fingers crossed for another good market, see you there.

Lawrence

Anonymous said...

I would just like to add my voice to the keep tat, sorry 'arts and crafts' off the market campaign. There are enough of these around. Food and drink is what is needed, though the drop in numbers on such a beautiful day does alarm me somewhat.

Brockley Nick said...

I wouldn't worry about the drop in numbers. It seems quite normal that the opening weekend would attract a lot of people to see what it's like and then the following weeks would settle in to a more normal pattern.

It's still way above their initial forecasts.

Brockley Nick said...

PS - yes, agree with everyone who says stick to food and drink.

tip said...

Leave the arts & crafts for the annual christmas market on coulgate street.

AEB said...

Really enjoying the market.

- Being able to try cheesees and get a different one every week
- Lovely eggs
- Lovely veg
- Plants! I have a chilli plant on my dining table. Looks good and tastes good too.
- Bumping into friends, milling around and chatting
- Love the way it's being managed. All this interactive stuff. Listening to what people have to say and answering questions/issues.
- Looking forward to it growing. Support the idea that it should be predominantly food.

Thanks so much for bringing Brockley Market into my life!!

Brockley Newbie said...

Loved the smoked produce stall with their home made smoker - the smoked cheese, egg and spicy chutney sandwich sounds weird but was amazing. Dark Fluid = coffee perfection. Can I put in a request for a booze stall? Wine or English cider / perry? Not necessarily to drink there and then at 10am but to take away? Then again maybe some mulled cider / mulled wine might be a good addition to keep the momentum going over the cold winter months!

Anonymous said...

wonder what Broca food market make of this. any of yous reading?

Scrumpy Jack said...

Would be good to have a cider stall like they have at Borough market,they have hot spiced cider in the winter,or would there be a problem with the alcohol license ?

mb said...

I guess the Broca, the farmers market at Hilly fields and Telegraph hill, Degustation, El's and others sell to a similar market. Such is life. Mind you judging by the attendance, there is a demand.

neilgadhok said...

Hi, it would be nice to have a stall selling ales/wine.
Also my wife commented that it would be good to have some visible bins around for cups etc.
Other than that we were really happy with sardines, olives, pork and salad that we bought.

Thanks

Brockley Market said...

From day one we have spoken to all the good local food business's about getting involved with the market and also contacted the company that run's the hilly fields famers market to let them know of our plans.

As part of our licence with Lewisham College, alcohol is not to be sold at the market, they have said verbally though that mulled wines/cider etc maybe allowed of the festive season.

The game stall will doubling in size in the next few weeks and will start bringing up more free range eggs (£1 half a dozen!) as well as duck eggs. The farm will also be starting to expand its veg offering, making more veg choice available to you.

Agreed we need charcuterie and are working on that.

In December we will be taking orders for all your festive needs, Turkey (Free Range and Organic) Goose, Game, Hams, Seafood etc...

Would you like to see the market open on Saturday 24th (christmas eve) I know it is bit early mentioning this (was Summer only last weekend!), but people have asked about this in previous posts and would like to know if it would help you all if you could come and collect on the 24th? - if so we need to start arranging this with the farms etc... We will not mention it again until nearer the time. (promise)

For those interested in the craft side of things and interested in taking a stall, the Colgate Street Christmas Market takes place this year on 10th December and they are looking for stall holders at the moment.

Thanks to everyone who has supported the market over the past two weeks, we hope to expand our licence with the college and be allowed up to 25 stalls in the coming weeks.

ellie said...

A really lovely freshly ground coffee stall (not to drink - to take home) would be amazing, as so far i haven't found anywhere round here that sells it.

Also agree an ale stall would be ace.

Anonymous said...

Re: ellie said...4 October 2011 18:32

The coffee stall at the market sells locally roasted ground beans at the stall. Also so does Browns near Brockley station.

neilgadhok said...

@Brockleymarket I understand the College's concerns about alcohol but surely local ales from Kent/Sussex/London like Meantime etc wouldn't encourage antisocial behaviour. I just think ales go really well with food and fits really well with the ethos of the market.

Anonymous said...

Timing-wise, it might be useful to be able to pick up pre-ordered Christmas meats etc on Christmas Eve, but it really depends on the producers - is that convenient for them?

Forgot to say how much I love the salad stall! The mixed leaves and chard are both delish. Is he going to be able to come back throughout the winter? Presumably salad and toms, etc, will be unavailable over the winter?

tip said...

Produce a Brockley Market - hessian bag, to generate advertising & revenue.

FrFintonStack said...

Sad about the alcohol policy: the idea that people will be buying, say, Kernel beers, cracking them open and causing trouble is slight comical.

Anonymous said...

Cakes - to amplify previous comment, I bought a piece of a chocolate, blackcurrant and little shortbread thing. The slices were tiny and the taste average. Maybe the latter is owing to their being healthy(!) and I am more used to hideous fats. However, a whole cake option should be offered and it has to be competiive with shops.

This is a general point to all traders - you simply must be competitive with shops as otherwise people will buy once or buy in extremis but not make a habit of it. Presumably you want repeat business.

Lastly, the "trader" who seems to me to have a genuinely amazing competitive edge is the person marketing the marke. He or se is excellet and is doing a really good job.
Apols for typing - phone changes most things I write!

Anonymous said...

Prices, comparable to the quality offerings in many supermarkets. Some items cheaper, some more expensive. I didn't try the cake, I was swayed by a bap but saw a LARGE slice of almond (?) cake for £1.50 so not sure the prioces were too bad there, can't comment on the taste.

having my cake and eating it said...

I bought cake too and can vouch for the yummyness of my banana & caramel blondie, which cost around £1.60 for a big slice. Sure, I could have bought a supermarket own brand Victoria sponge for a pound but presumably the Brockley Market cake was made without the E numbers and what not...

Anonymous said...

Middle class tossers with too much money

mb said...

CLASS WAR!

Tamsin said...

Agree about craft stalls etc. A craft fair is a craft fair and market a market. The craft stalls in the markets in the parks never really worked. As has been said there's the Coulgate Street market, and also presumably Ladywell coming up in December. If folk don't want to wait until then there's the craft collective in the Telegraph Hill Centre every third Saturday and Westcombe Society Fair on 19th November.

info said...

The annual Christmas market on Coulgate street is organised by the Brockley Cross Action Group, to raise money for the Brockley Common and to improve Brockley.

Faraway Tree said...

Really loved the fish and meat. The smoked meat was delicious - we bought both the chicken and the duck - just delicious.

Have to say, the fish stall made it for us. We had beautiful sea bass, were instructed on how to store it and cook it. He offered us the bones for stock, which was a nice touch.

Eggs a steal at £1 for six, free-range.

Well done Brockley Market. Let's keep it up through autumn and winter.

Cat said...

Is there really a serious suggestion to get rid of the coffee and bacon stalls in the future?

Yes, it is fantastic that fresh food is available at really good prices - we bought eggs, venison, chicken, mixture of different green leaves and our fruit & veg for the week - all of which more than met expectations. The previous week we also bought butter from the dairy stall which was fab.

The one thing that about this market that I LOVE apart from the buying of food to take home, is the casual community feel to it. I saw the same people (families, couples, singles, groups of friends) both weeks at the market and whilst many were buying, quite a few were just hanging out and sharing a coffee or bacon sandwich/cake/freshly filled doughnut.

We will certainly be continuing to shop here on a weekly basis and would definitley welcome the opportunity to order our Christmas tree, meat etc.

Mondee said...

By the way, Toby, in case you are looking for a good chutney supplier:
I bought some absolutely delicious chutney from a stall at the little food market by the Royal Festival Hall that is on every weekend until Xmas, I believe. The website is www.cherrytreepreserves.co.uk. They do lovely curd as well (lemon and lime; lemon and passionfruit - yum). My chutney is hot chilli and carrot and it is very unusual and tasty. Mind you, it looks like he's based in the West Country, which is hardly local. Anyway, just thought I'd put it out there. I find chutneys are often a disappointment.

Monkeyboy said...

If you've not been, get yer arse down there. Before mid day if poss. Thought I'd be using if for little treats but ending up with doing most of my weeks shop. Some of the beef is a bit pricy, the chicken is comparible to posh supermarket stuff.

Roast Chicken with smoked garlic butter for lunch tomorrow

Anonymous said...

On the whole the Market is great- but it is expensive and when the novelty has worn off will it be a viable place to shop?

Tressilliana said...

It's like anywhere, you have to look for what's good value for money. The Cox's orange pippins are fantastic and not expensive compared with supermarket prices.

mb said...

not sure the beef (from the more expensive of the two stalls) was worth the premium over Welbeloved. Very good but not THAT much better.

Chicken was top.

Oh, and ask Kate about the fishmonger.

Mondee said...

Kate, what's with the fishmonger?

Mondee said...

I love Brockley Market. LOVE it. Yes, some things are more expensive than the supermarkets. But to buy decent meat I would usually go to Wellbeloved, Peter james or Dring's - all of which involve a drive for me (and in the case of Dring's, a charge for parking). The same for FC Soper. Previously, for decent dinner-party-standard cheese, I also tended to favour the Greenwich shop. So I am prepared to pay a small premium for my meat and fish if I can walk down the road to pick it up rather than jumping in the car, because in the end, it probably ends up about the same price. And it's not just about the shopping - it's a community event, a sociable hang-out, a chance to catch up with friends. That's a lot more interesting than waiting for my Tesco delivery.
A big-up to Tea Dance for Little People too - it's fantastic to be able to drop my child off for a little craft activity while I browse the market...

state of middle class panic resolved said...

"it's fantastic to be able to drop my child off for a little craft activity while I browse the market"

"decent dinner-party-standard cheese"

why do those two phrases fill me with horror?

the brockley chattering classes . . .

Brockley Nick said...

"why do those two phrases fill me with horror?"

Because you are an inverted snob?

Hugh said...

I have to tell you that the espresso I had there was for sure the most divine coffee I have ever, and I mean ever, tasted?

Tamsin said...

£20 a kilo for smoked haddock seems an awful lot more expensive than the £5.90 a pound for the same in the stall in the Catford Centre.

But then a whole different ambience - you don't get bread-fruit (incredibly decorative, but rather bland taste-wise) in Brockley.

However having been there not last Saturday (loyal to the Telegraph Hill people after the Ward Assembly was over) but the Saturday before I agree that this market is a wonderful use of wasted space and an asset to the area.

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Moira said...

Not sure if I'm allowed to advertise Nick, but Elisabetta and I have spent the summer foraging local fruits and have made a range of jellies, jams and chutneys and last week our first batch of sweetened chestnut puree. Its been great fun picking locally and chatting to passersby (we've got to keep ourselves out of mischief before organising next year's Brockley Max!) We've a Facebook page called Wild Brockley with a list of products and are hoping to get the website up soon, but you email us at info@wildbrockley.co.uk

Anonymous said...

Meanwhile in the world beyond 'dinner party cheese'.

hello all

Sorry to be the bearer of not so jolly news.

I felt it important to share my experience to help avoid it happening to anyone else.

I got mugged on a very quiet Chalsey Road whilst walking home at about 9.50pm on Monday night - 10th October. It was quite violent but I am okay and only ended up with a few bruises. I was walking back from St Johns rail station, up Tressilian road, then down Chalsey road to my house on Adelaide ave.

I did two silly things I wouldn't advise 1. checking my phone whilst walking 2. trying to run away from my attackers. I suspect the latter is what drove them to violence.

According to the police there have been a few crimes like this around the hilly fields area. I didn't know this - so it felt important to raise awareness and warn people to be vigilant at night and keep phones hidden etc.

Please be carefull

All the best
Dan
x

Alex said...

Went to the market for the first time this weekend. I was pleased to have the choice between cheap non-organic fruits/vegs and more expensive organic ones...both were very good. Bought some fish and scallops as well, that tasted really good. Bread and eggs were very fresh and tasty too. Flowers were really nice (and doesn't look like "Tesco flowers" but "real" flowers as my friends said!...). Will try the meat next time!
The location is perfect for me as I live in New Cross (less than 10min walk). I use to cycle to Blackheath market every Sunday, so this market is a great addition for I and my girl friend who've banned supermarkets.
It seems loads of family came here with kids, and enjoyed fresh food/drinks on little wood tables...this is a very good idea!

To conclude, change nothing! I'm sure this market will gather more and more people while keeping its family/local mood intact...

clara spencer-phillips said...

Please let that lovely man selling sausages, sell cooked ones in a bun! He was making them for samples and all I wanted was to be able to buy one in a nice bun. This wasn't on offer anywhere else on site... He has a cooker so it doesn't make sense... He seemed keen to do it too.
Other than this I LOVE the market

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