This Saturday 24th September sees Brockley Market celebrate its 5th birthday. The success of the market is a visible sign of the revitalisation of the area, along with adjacent areas such as Crofton Park, Honor Oak and Ladywell. The transformation of the old East London tube line into part of the London Overground network put Brockley firmly on the map, while cultural events such as Brockley Max festival and the associated street art has given the whole area a new feel – Brockley is cool!
Five years ago, local photographer Toby Allen set up Brockley Market out of frustration with the lack of quality produce in the area. He has personally selected the list of stallholders and many have been launched at the market: “The people working on the stalls are often the owners of the business, so you are talking directly to the people who have fished, butchered and farmed the produce” said Toby.
The market has certainly been amazingly successful: the number of stallholders has doubled to over forty and more than half a million people have visited since September 2011. The emphasis is on locally sourced, seasonal produce. For groceries there is the likes of The Butchery from Bermondsey, Aston’s Bakehouse and Blackwoods Cheese, the local Brockley cheese-maker, as well as street food trucks and stalls Bill or Beak, Milo & Hector’s Ice Cream Sandwiches and Mother Flipper.
Celebrations will include 5th birthday cake and treats from Kooky Bakes, live music from Balkan folk collective Benny, and The Cheese Grinder, plus the first lucky 50 will get a goody bag. Jhal Muri Express will make a guest appearance, serving up tasty Indian street food; Good & Proper Tea (one of my favourites) will launch its first house blend Brockley Breakfast, while World Of Zing cocktails will offer a special £5 off its barrel aged, pre-mixed drinks.
So we wish Brockley Market and all its stallholders a brilliant 5th birthday celebration and all the best for the next five years.
Brockley Market is located in the car park of Lewisham College at the junction of Tressillian Rd and Lewisham Way. Nearest station St Johns (3 mins walk)