Itching Up To Get In Your Kitch-eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeen!
March 25, 2014
That Was The Food Week That Was!
Brockley Farmer's Market
January 5, 2014
Where: Lewisham College Car Park, Lewisham Way, SE4
When: Saturdays 10am-2pm
You’d be hard pressed to find another farmers market with such a fabulous array of high quality food.
Brockley Farmer’s Market is small but perfectly formed – not a filler stall in sight. Every single one sold the highest quality artisanal food from home-smoked salmon to hand-filled pasta, Spanish charcuterie, fresh fish, cupcakes, sauerkraut and a bakery stall which was obviously amazing as two loaves were sitting right in the middle of the stall in glorious isolation – the rest had been swiped (make sure you arrive before 1pm if you want a look-in).
There’s a buzzy, sociable atmosphere with foodies milling around - students from nearby Goldsmiths and Lewisham College, trendy 30 to 40-something creative types with child-shaped accessories and chic bohemian retirees.
Lining one side of the market are stalls and cool retro vans with slick branding and clever names – it’s all going on here. There’s a wide variety of food on offer from Mexican to Italian, Lebanese to crumpets all of which and looked and smelt mouth-wateringly good.The Van Dough van selling wood-fired pizzas looked amazing although I was slightly alarmed by the sight of a real live fire burning ferociously in the back of a van. Surely Health & Safety would have something to say about that? It must be flipping hot in there too. Anyway, obviously it’s fine otherwise he wouldn’t be doing it. I must learn to worry about my own things…
But what is a Marsala Rama to have for lunch? An organic chicken burger? One of the famous Mother Flipper chilli burgers? A wood fired pizza? A flatbread wrap? This was gourmet fast food on steroids.I finally opted for the ‘meat flatbread’ for £7 - spiced slow cooked lamb shoulder with Seville marmalade, chilli, homemade hummus, rocket, toasted seeds, yoghurt and dried Turkish chilli flakes.
And there it is. Probably one of the most delicious food sensations of the fast kind I’ve ever had. The lamb was juicy, succulent and soft, the bread was amazingly doughy with a toasty, tasty flavour and all the bits (even the marmalade) made it extra special. There was no way I was going to be able to eat the whole thing, it was massive. Obviously I did.
But having got yourself this far into the depths of South London you might as well make the most of it.
Look out for the red telephone box just down the road from the market which is no ordinary telephone box…it’s a library, which someone has even bothered to carpet! So bring a book and be ready to swap it at the one and only Lewisham Micro Library.
And just a bit further down the road is Aladdin’s Cave. A junk shop with a massive back yard and an incredible ability to impose order on disorder. I have never seen so many chairs in my life and the storage/display is nothing short of ingenious.
So…for those foodies who haven’t ventured into South East London yet, now you have a very good reason. We’ve got a few little gems of our own down here that make the world a better place.
Here are a few of the fabulous stalls on offer to give you a flavour of the small but perfectly formed Brockley Market…