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.
TVFM markets this coming weekend are as follows:
Friday, 7th March - Banbury
Saturday, 8th March - Bicester, Charlbury, Didcot, Little Chalfont, Purley-on-Thames
Huge choice of meat, fish, poultry and veg still plentiful at this time of year - just what's needed to make great caseroles and other comfort food for keeping out the cold.
New member Marble Southdown Lamb is now attending Bicester with lamb, mutton, hoggett, sausages and burgers.
The move to the second Saturday last year has proved popular with Bicester farmers' market experiencing a strong local following.
In Season Now
Brussels sprouts, beetroot, carrots, celeriac, cauliflower, Jerusalem artichokes, kale, parsnips, purple sprouting broccoli, spinach, swede, turnips.
Not forgetting the versatile potato - learn more at http://www.lovepotatoes.co.uk/potato-varieties
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.