Haynes Lane, SE19 3AP
Overground: Gypsy Hill or Crystal Palace
Tucked away in a dilapidated group of courtyards off Westow Street and behind the large Sainsbury’s, this food market is well worth seeking out. The Saturday market is part of the Transition Town movement and shares its ethos of supplying locally sourced and ethically produced food with most produce coming from Sussex and Kent and some even grown or produced in Crystal Palace through it's patchwork of community growing spaces.
The market might not be huge, but among the around 30 stalls you can find top quality meat from Gill Wing Farm, artisan cheeses, delicious cakes and pastries, an incredible range of fish from Sussex fishermen Veasey & Sons and fresh organic seasonal produce from Wild Country Organics, Brambletye Orchards and Brockmans farm. In addition there are rotating olive and preserve stalls including flavourful and spicy sauces from London based Chilli Bros and homemade chutneys from Creative Allsorts. You can also taste and buy naturally produced wines, coffee roasted in London, gluten free treats, raw organic dairy, locally smoked meats and fish as well as lunches from a host of street food stalls.
As if this wasn’t enough the market has its own little shop, The Store Cupboard, a no waste refill shop offering a wide range of food staples, alongside another little shop, Roots and Cycles, who offer eco cleaning refills and organic beauty products as well as upcycled items. There are also a few arts and crafts traders setting up here offering an interesting choice of locals made original textiles and things for the home. The picture framer and art seller is also a permanent feature of the market and well worth checking out.
A great food market with a real community spirit, it shares the site with the equally interesting second-hand and vintage Haynes Lane Market (see page xx), which only adds to the appeal of the place.
This feature is taken from our forthcoming book:
by Andrew Kershman