Local food for local people
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.
Witney Festival of Food and Drink
The first Witney Festival of Food and Drink will take place on Saturday 18 May on Church Green. Comedian and television presenter, Alexander Armstrong, will open the Festival at 9.30am. The aim of the Festival is to celebrate and showcase local producers including farmers, butchers, bakers, brewers and cooks, to promote the abundance of high quality food and drink produced in our area, and to support local growers and producers. There will be a great variety of food and drink stalls, tastings, displays, short talks and demonstrations to make this a fun and vibrant day out. For more information visit Witney Festival of Food and Drink website.
In Season Now
Planet 21 Day
Planet 21 Day is the day when Accor employees around the world take action in favour of sustainable development. This year, staff from Hotel Ibis in Reading decided to focus on sourcing local produce. They visited Reading Farmers' Market and selected jams and preserves from Holmes Made, and bacon and sausages from Dews Meadow Farm, to form part of their buffet breakfast for guests and staff teams.
Everyone enjoyed their delicious, locally sourced breakfast and the event helped to underline some of the benefits of eating locally produced food.
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: 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."
You know it makes sense!
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.