In search of fresh wheat and gluten free at Brockley Market

Brockley Market

Brockley Market

Farmers markets are a mixed bag when it comes to wheat free and gluten free foods. Often there’s lots of delicious food to tempt your taste buds but not a lot that’s compatible with a wheat or gluten free diet. When I first arrived at Brockley Market I thought that might be the case but I was wrong. In amongst the burgers, real ham sandwiches and veggies (edible but too healthy to be alluring) I found a few gems.

Gluten free Victoria sponge from the Free From Bakehouse

Gluten free Victoria sponge from the Free From Bakehouse

The first stall that caught my eye was The Free From Bakehouse (FFB). I’ve wolfed a few treats from FFB before at Borough Market. They do lots of sweet treats as well as savoury tarts and muffins. As well as being gluten and wheat free they also have options for dairy free, sugar free and egg free diets. You may have seen the photo I posted of the empty wrapper from a red velvet cake. I’d scoffed the cake before I’d even thought about blogging. Well this time was no exception.

While I was there I chomped a mouth sized mini tiramisu cupcake (sorry no photos) and bought slices of Victoria sponge cake to take home. The tiramisu was good but not as good as the red velvet but I’m not a great coffee lover. I also found the Victoria sponge a little disappointing despite it being light and moist. That was down to the fact I hadn’t noticed it had sugar on top when I bought it and I have an aversion to sugar sprinkled on cake (icing sugar being the exception). As my boyfriend pointed out (afterwards) I should have just cut the top off the cake.  He doesn’t have an aversion to crunchy sugar bits and thought it was yummy. Great praise indeed as he’s a wheat eater.

Wheat free multi grain loaf

Wheat free multi grain loaf

My next discovery was a bread stall with not one but multiple wheat free options: sourdough rye, spelt and wheat free multi grain. I didn’t notice any gluten free options but that could be because my eyes were on the intriguing looking President’s rye loaf with figs and barley.

I tried the wheat free multi grain which to me tasted like the old Terence Stamp bread (weirdly the loaf had ‘stamp’ stamped on the side). It wasn’t really my cup of tea but my boyfriend liked it. However I found the President’s loaf much more successful. It looks like a malt loaf but is more like bread with a sprinkling of dried fruit. It tasted healthy and fruity at the same time. I liked it with butter and next time I might try it as a sandwich, maybe with a sweet/savoury filling like coronation chicken.

Wheat free Presidents loaf

Wheat free Presidents loaf

On the same row as the bread stall I came across The Honest Carrot, an organic, vegetarian and vegan stall selling falafel and veggie balls. Both the falafel and some of the veggie balls are gluten free so I tried both.

Wheat and Gluten free veggie balls by The Honest Carrot

Gluten free veggie balls by The Honest Carrot

I went for the beetroot variety of veggie ball which includes potato, carrot, apple and gluten free cornflakes. (Don’t worry you can’t taste the cornflakes.) I took them home and heated them up in the oven and had them for lunch with a dollop of humous. I felt all healthy as I was eating it as I was getting a good chunk of my five a day. The falafel were also tasty and I’ll definitely have them again.

If you live outside of London there’s no need to miss out as The Honest Carrot has online ordering. Online they also have gluten free carrot burgers and gluten free flowerpot bread with sun-dried tomatoes which I’ll be trying out soon.

It was a good morning’s hall with more left to investigate next time.

Keep up to date with Brockley Market on their website www.brockleymarket.com

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