Wednesday, 15 May 2013
Crystal Palace Food Market
When I was in London over the weekend I went along to the Crystal Palace food market, held on Saturday. It was organised by a group of local residents who call themselves Crystal Palace Transition Town. The group came together to promote sustainable living and local food production. They have also taken over a number of small, unused and sometimes derelict plots of land around Crystal Palace to turn them into gardens.
Those of you who know me will know that I am a keen advocate for self-reliance, sustainability and helping others to help themselves. This market was very much along these lines. Unfortunately I got there late as I was delayed by other factors and arrived an hour before the market was due to close. It was raining but that didn't seem to be dampening spirits. And it looked like most stalls had largely sold out. I spoke to one stall holder who was down to her last jar of honey. Typically, when two beekeepers are together at the moment, the conversation quickly turns to how dreadful the weather was in 2012 and 2013 has to be a better year for the bees and the honey crop.
The markets are going to be held fortnightly. There's more on their website: http://www.crystalpalacetransition.org.uk/