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Rather than us write about the wonderful Crystal Palace Food Market ourselves, we thought we’d invite those involved to tell their own story. So, armed with a rather fetching cloth shopping bag and a voice recording device, our intrepid 21 Stories reporter Rob Hopkins headed to London to spend a morning immersed in beautiful breads, captivating cupcakes, lovingly-leavened loaves and delightful dishes. Founders and market managers Karen Jones and Laura Marchant-Short showed him round, and from the discussions with them, and with traders, he lovingly crafted this suitably delicious podcast:

An award-winning urban food market which “stands as a powerful reminder about what can happen when people dare to put a dream into reality”.

Asked what they would tell world leaders if they dropped by the market on the way to Paris for COP21, Karen and Laura told us:

"Encourage people to take the initiative and give them the tools to do so. You might be surprised what they can achieve. It is possible to create bottom up infrastructure that can deliver locally sourced sustainable food on a significant scale. Over the long term, we can make changes that can have significant impact on the carbon footprint of food in an area. We are doing what we can. Are you?"

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Intrepid ’21 Stories’ reporter Rob Hopkins with Karen Jones and Laura Marchant-Short, the market’s managers.