Welcome to Thames Valley Farmers' Market Co-operative. We run markets in towns across Berkshire, Oxfordshire and south Buckinghamshire, bringing local food to local people.
Here you can find out:
- which markets are held near where you live.
- who's selling delicious food straight from their farms and kitchens directly to you.
- what's in season now – vegetables, fruit, meat, fish, game and special breads and cakes (see below) and, if you are looking for inspiration, our recipes page features recipes using ingredients you can pick up at your local farmers' market. If you would like to contribute your favourite recipe, email it to us and we'll upload it to our website.
TVFM markets coming up are as follows:
Friday 28th October - Witney
Friday 4th November - Banbury
Saturday 5th November - Reading
Saturday 5th November - Windsor
Saturday 5th November - Woodstock
Sunday 6th November - Newbury
BRITISH FOOD FORTNIGHT
17th September-2nd October
This year celebrates the 14th year of the event which takes from 19 September until 4 October 2015. The UK has a fantastic opportunity to bring our fabulous great British food to the fore! And we can show the rest of the world what we are made of.
What better way to help an economy emerging from recession than to eat our way to economic success! Eat good wholesome British food and help the economy at the same time.
The fortnight promotes all that is good about our homegrown food. I have been looking at the varieties available; more types of cheese than France, 350 types of potato providing a range of tastes and textures, and seasonal vegetables that provide just what we need at that time of year.
Even better is that food production standards are incredibly high in Britain. Growth hormones are not permitted in British meat and British chicken meat is the safest in Europe.
Why not pick and grow your own British food? You can be creative about eating British by thinking outside the box when you buy your cuts of meat and by buying seasonal fruit and vegetables. Then give it a go and cook a full British meal from scratch. You'll be throwing away the ready meals in no time!
You can find out plenty about British food online and the British Food Fortnight website has a wealth of ideas for how you can get involved in the celebrations.
Veg in season in October
Beetroots, Cabbage, Chard, Bunched Carrots, Cauliflowers, Celeriac, Kale, Leeks, Onions, Parsnips, Potatoes, Purple Sprouting Broccoli, Romanesque, Squash and Watercress are all in season in October.
Raymond Blanc OBE
Raymond Blanc is totally self-taught. Today he is one of the country's most respected chefs. Born in Besancon, the capital of the Franche Comte region in eastern France, between Burgundy and the Jura mountains. Raymond was inspired by the local terroir, and most of all by his mother, the formidable Maman Blanc who used fresh, local and seasonal produce to produce meals for her family full of goodness and full of love. Raymond Blanc stated "TVFM Co-operative is a crucial link in the chain reconnecting the consumer to the soil, traditions and foodways of the region in which we live. I support them wholeheartedly." For further information on Raymond Blanc please have a look at his website: http://www.raymondblanc.com/
Antony Worrall Thompson
Antony, known affectionately as AWT, is passionate about local food for local people. He lives with his family in South Oxfordshire, grows his own vegetables and herbs, and keeps Middle White pigs and some hens. Antony's passion for local food means that he supports Thames Valley Farmers' Market Co-operative markets. He shops at our markets for family meals and helps secure local publicity too - thank you Antony.
Sophie lives just outside Oxford and she's passionate about local food. "Buying local and seasonal produce is much better value in terms of freshness and intensity of flavour. At Thames Valley Farmers' Markets it's easy to buy what you need, make proper meals and cut down on waste. Choose great bargains such as the full of flavour cuts of meat which make delicious comfort food."
We all want to do our bit to cut down 'food miles'. Most of the food and drink sold at Thames Valley Farmers' Markets is produced within a 30 mile radius of the market.
And we want to cut down waste too. You can help us by bringing your re-usable bags and containers when you come shopping.
Thames Valley Farmers' Market Co-operative assesses all producers before they're accredited to trade at our markets. This means you can be sure you're buying food and drink from the people who've grown, reared, baked and made it, all to the highest standards. All our markets are FARMA certified.