Cornercopia is the kind of shop I’m happy exists. It sells properly local products.
Local as in around the corner – Brixton, Bermondsey, Clapham, e.g. honeycomb from bees that forage in local gardens and parks. And the products are properly good. I brought some Brixton IPA home for my husband and he said it was better than our favourite Sam Adams.
The shop’s stock is always changing, as many of the producers make very small quantities. For example, they’ve got 12 boxes of honeycomb made by bees that forage in parks and gardens in Brixton. Anne, the owner, is always talking to new producers and tasting new products. (What a fun job!) This weekend she’ll be tasting dandelion jelly and sea buckthorn drink.
I particularly like trying products I haven’t had before; it’s a good way to get out of an eat-the-same-thing-all-the-time rut. The elderflower vinegar makes a delicious vinaigrette and a welcome change to my standard balsamic version. One customer favourite that’s regularly available is fig relish, which makes a nice addition to a cheese board.
They’ve just launched an online shop selling their Christmas hampers (from £23) www.cornercopia.co.uk. There are five options on offer ranging from the Edible Brixton hamper, which includes lavender marmalade and fig chutney, to the Lambeth Larder, includes chili pepper jelly with lime and ginger and green tomato chutney created by the Edible Bus Stop project from tomatoes grown on a bus stop in SW9.
I’m planning on taking the Christmas Feasting hamper to the rellies so we can share the cider brandy soaked Christmas pudding and have the walnut and pear chutney and fig relish with the cheese board. And I’m definitely going to pre-order some of chef Ian’s handmade pork pies.
You can also visit the shop and have owner Anne help you put together your own custom hamper – the perfect gift for the person who has everything. They’ve also got £10 two jar boxes of marmalade and chutney. I’m getting one as a secret Santa gift for my book club (hope they’re not reading this!)
They’re going to be open late (11pm) on Thursday 12 December for a special Christmas shopping evening along with other market businesses. Cornercopia will have a DIY hamper making stall set up & free mulled wine for hamper buyers.
Cornercopia is in the regenerated part of Brixton Market; they were one of the first businesses to move in and are celebrating their fourth anniversary next month.
Parking can be tricky so cycling or public transport is your best option. Trains from Herne Hill takes two minutes, and the 37 bus runs from East Dulwich to Brixton.