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.
There's a lot happening this weekend with no less than seven of our markets running!
On Saturday the 14th December we have markets at Bicester, Charlbury, Didcot, Little Chalfont and Purley-on-Thames. On Sunday 15th December they are followed by markets at Ascot and Newbury (2).
Come and make the most of some of the best local produce around.
Like your cucumber curvy or your apples asymmetrical?
Well now Defra's new and clearer regulations even make it politically correct to promote the "good quality but cosmetically imperfect fruit and vegetables".
Defra's new and clearer regulations are reported on here:
It has been claimed that the British public tend to prefer the perfectly formed fruit to the ‘warts-and-all' versions that often come off the tree or out of the ground. One wonders what ever happened to accepting a plain old carrot simply for what it was - exceptionally good at providing beta-carotene which research suggests helps ward off ALS (similar to Alzheimers) and breast cancer, to name but two major benefits.
Now officially, even supermarkets are being pushed to include the less than perfect amongst their goods, after one well-known supermarket admitted to the EU that up to two thirds of its food ends up in the bin. Shame on you! Letting good food go to waste -
Of course Farmers Markets provide the best of both worlds - fresh, and often organically grown - local produce, both attractive and good for you. let's forget being politically correct - let's just be penny-wise and health savvy, and shop local ...
Just five a day?
Forget it – don’t be so mean! We need seven...
A recent NHS study has shown that a diet rich in fruit and vegetables reduces the risk o dying from cardiovascular disease by 15% and generally eating more fruit and veg could result in you living on average one year and 44 days longer.
You can read the whole story here, http://goo.gl/8kLpR6
And the British Heart Foundation have published an article linking the same results form an American study here:http://goo.gl/3b415A
If it proves nothing else, we’re delighted that the value of our farmers markets and their abundant supply of fresh local produce are certain. Let’s get eating!
Thames Valley Farmers' Market Co-operative was very pleased to receive LEADER funding through the Rural Development Programme for England (RDPE). The money we were awarded has made a big difference to our organisation and to our members. We have been able to invest in new equipment and it has enabled us to buy a range of range of materials to promote our markets and clearly communicate that we operate true farmers' markets with high standards.
In Season Now
What’s in season now?
Root vegetables and other storage fruits and vegetables are good in winter, as are nuts. Look out for:
Cabbage and Potato Casserole
This simple and warming dish turns into so much more than the potatoes and cabbage when cooked with a bit of cream and topped with cheese. Use bacon or pancetta for extra flavour, or substitute sausage for a heartier dish, alternatively be faithful just to the veggies for a delicious vegetarian dinner.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes
1 to 2 Tbsp. butter
2 oz. bacon or pancetta chopped or 4 oz. bulk or country sausage (optional)
1 head green cabbage
1/2 lb. potatoes
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 cup heavy cream, half-and-half, or broth
1 tsp. coarse grain or country mustard
Freshly ground black pepper
1/2 cup freshly shredded melting cheese such as Gruyère, Swiss, or Gouda
1. Preheat oven to 375°F. Melt butter in a large oven-proof frying pan or stove-proof baking dish over medium heat. Add pancetta, bacon, or sausage, if using, and cook, stirring occasionally, until meat is cooked through and browned.
2. Meanwhile, remove and discard first layer or two of cabbage leaves. Cut cabbage in half lengthwise, remove and discard core, and chop.
3. Add cabbage to pan and cook, stirring occasionally, until leaves are wilted, about 5 minutes.
4. Meanwhile, peel and chop potatoes into small bite-size pieces. Add to pan.
5. Stir cream or broth, mustard, and pepper to combine. Add to pan and stir to combine. Sprinkle mixture with cheese, cover, and bake 15 minutes.
6. Uncover and cook until bubbling and browned, about 10 more minutes.
Makes 4 to 6 servings - and a change from turkey!
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.