Freelance writer and poet from London; if you would like to read my poetry, please check out my book, 'Poems on the Page', available from goo.gl/Ta4oAX.
Published April 26th 2013
Wimbledon's New Monthly Market
There is a new market in Wimbledon that takes place on the last weekend of every month at the Piazza on Broadway. I went to its first do this month, and although it is small, there were a few interesting stalls to see.
The most unique was probably the first I came across. Peirene Press is an independent book publishers that specialises in publishing award winning books from foreign countries. Many of the books have been available for many years in their own country, but this is the first time for them to be published and translated in the UK. Peirene only publish novellas under two hundred pages and are described s 'two-hour books to be devoured in one sitting.' If you can get through a hundred pages an hour, you're a very fast reader, that's all I can say.
You can buy their books individually or as part of a three-piece set, which have a theme stringing across them. For example, Chasing The King of Hearts, Mr. Darwin's Gardener, and The Mussel Feast look at turning points in the characters lives, while Sea of Ink, Murder of Halland, and The Brothers, focus on male dilemmas, and Portrait of the Mother as a Young Woman, Stone in a Landslide, and Beside The Sea are all written by European female others dealing with women's issues
The publishing house also hold many special events such as Salon Nights, where they get the authors to come and chat, supper nights, where you can dine with the authors, and coffee mornings, where the authors will read from their latest titles. They also run £400 masterclasses for anyone who wants to write their own novella.
The next few stalls are all pretty much what you would expect to find at any market. There were several jewellery stalls, all of which were selling their goods at reasonable prices, with rings and bracelets usually somewhere in the £20-£30 bracket.
One of the stalls dealt in sculptures, including bronze resin animals, fruit carved out of jade, and wooden jewellery boxes.
There were two street food stalls; one selling paella, and the other curry. There was also a farmer's delivery service that described themselves as the meat version of Able & Cole. Founded by James Flowers and James Mansfield, Field & Flowers is based in Somerset, and delivers monthly meat boxes up and down the country. The company is as eco friendly as it can be, sourcing all its meat from free range, grass fed animals that live no more than fifteen miles away. They also operate on two eco routes, in which they come and collect the white boxes your deliveries are brought in.
Field & Flowers
The leaflets at the stall showed the range of products they sold. For example, they do big boxes for £135 a month, which has fifty-five portions, a medium box of thirty-five portions for £80, or a small £55 box with 20 portions. In a typical delivery you can expect to find an organic chicken, sirloin steaks, mince beef, meatballs, and pork & venison sausages.
As it wasn't listed, I did not have much hope, but I asked whether they did mutton, and to my surprise, the woman at the stall said yes. Field & Flowers have just started bringing out mutton burgers, and if they are successful will probably do other cuts as well. After the last farmer's we ordered from stopped doing mutton deliveries, we have been struggling to find places that sell good quality cuts, so I picked up a business card, and will wait to see what happens.
The last stall had an amalgam of silk scarves, and novelty gifts such as slap on watches, and cute knitted mobile phone protectors. I liked the idea of the slap on watches because I have slender wrists and have difficulty finding straps that fit. Unfortunately, these were too bulky for me, which is a shame, because at £5, they were a good price.