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, 22nd May - Witney
Saturday, 23rd May - Beaconsfield
Vote for your favourite Farmers Market in the 2015 Berkshire and Buckinghamshire Food and Drink Awards
Amongst the 12 categories in this year's awards is Best Farmers Market. The key to a good Farmers’ Market is not only the range of produce and the quality of its stalls but also the principles that it supports – for example, does it work as a co-operative with other farmers? Is most of the produce sold there grown or raised locally? Are the stallholders welcoming and knowledgeable? Is the layout easy to navigate as you move around the market? Is the market well advertised so you can plan your visit in advance and is there good accessibility and parking?
Voting closes on the 30th September 2015.
Click here for the website where you can make a nomination.
Veg in season in May
Asparagus, Beetroot, Celery, Spring Cabbage, Bunched Carrots, Chard, Leeks, Lettuce, Onions, Parsnips, Potatoes, Purple Sprouting Broccoli, Radishes, Rhubarb, Spinach, Tomatoes and Watercress are all in season during April.
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.