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AGM Details

posted 27 Mar 2012, 05:37 by David Homfray

[Eastoxfordmarketnews] AGM details

East Oxford Farmers' & Community Market AGM is being held on Wed 28 March at 7.30pm.  

It'll be at Oxfork Cafe, Magdalen Road, OX4 3DH.  

Do come along - it's an opportunity to see some of our stallholders out from behind their tables and meet the committee.  

We'd like to have more customers on the committee and more volunteers help run the market; whether you've been coming every week for years, or have just discovered us, come along and find out more! 

Share your experience and expertise to make the market even more marvelous!  

We're particularly keen to have someone who might be our Treasurer.  

A copy of the agenda and minutes from last year's AGM is available on our website.

Best wishes

Notice of the Fifth Annual General Meeting

posted 23 Mar 2012, 02:17 by David Homfray   [ updated 23 Mar 2012, 02:18 ]

Notice of the Fifth Annual General Meeting
To be held on Wednesday 28th March 2012 at 7.30 pm at Oxfork, Magdalen Rd, East Oxford

All interested welcome to attend

My Market - Tom Rees

posted 12 Jan 2012, 16:07 by David Homfray   [ updated 12 Jan 2012, 16:13 ]

Tom Rees is a musician and keen foodie who enjoys cooking in his spare time. 

January, the graveyard of new year's resolutions, with its chill winds and dark mornings, can be more than a little depressing. Thank goodness for the East Oxford Farmers’ Market and all of its fantastic winter produce! This simple salad is the result of a trip to the market last Saturday. At once sweet, salty, sharp and refreshing, it’s a delicious jumble of contrasting flavours and textures and the perfect antidote to the January blues.

Serves 2 as starter or, with a couple of slices of The Natural Bread Company’s sourdough on the side, as a light lunch.

For the Salad:
  • 25g hazelnuts (shelled weight), halved
  • 25g of hard sheep’s or goat’s cheese. I’m using Sarsden, a wonderfully tangy ewe’s milk cheese from Crudge’s Dairy
  • 1 pear, on the firm side of ripe
  • A few handfuls of watercress or other peppery leaves
For the Dressing:
  • Juice of half a lemon
  • About the same quantity of rapeseed oil
  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
  1. Lightly toast the hazelnuts in a dry pan (this serves to intensify their flavour) and rub the toasted nuts in a tea towel to remove some of the skins.
  2. Thinly slice the pears and the cheese.
  3. Arrange the watercress on a plate and scatter over the pears, hazelnuts and cheese.
  4. Whisk together the lemon juice and the oil and season to taste. Rapeseed oil gives the dressing a beautiful vibrant colour and is subtle enough to let the other flavours come through. You could use a light olive oil instead but not extra virgin.
  5. Spoon the dressing over the salad and serve.

My Market - Wilma Kirsten (@Goodbye_PMS)

posted 5 Jan 2012, 01:27 by David Homfray   [ updated 5 Jan 2012, 01:44 ]

As a nutritional therapist I take fresh produce very seriously.  The fact that I live around the corner from the East Oxford Farmer’s Market and all the produce is sourced within a 30-mile radius clinches this as my number
 one shopping location.

I am particularly drawn by a the following stalls:

  •          the farm fruit and vegetables, which is supplied by either The Clays Organic Farm or Sandy Lane Organic Farm
  •          the Little Salad Company
  •          the Natural Bread Company
  •          Naji’s Palestinian Health Food

The Baba Ghanoush made by Naji is a breakfast favourite of mine.  Just spread on toasted sourdough bread from the Natural Bread Company and add some mixed leaves from the Little Salad Company and you have a completely nutritious meal right at the start of a busy day.

The vast vegetable selection from the two excellent organic farms ensures that my family has their 5-a-day without fail.  The easiest meal is a soup or stew.  Just chop your vegetable selection, add water and a stock cube of choice and there you have it, the perfect way to beat the winter blues and silence the rumble in your stomach.

During the winter red chard is a regular feature and makes for an excellent accompaniment to any roast dinner.  We like serving it with basmati rice and mushroom stroganoff (onions, mushrooms, cream and lemon juice with seasoning depending on taste preferences).

On warmer days I like making salads with mixed leaves, grated carrot, tomatoes, peppers and then add trout or chicken for a satisfying lean meat and kind-to-your-heart meal.

My philosophy is to keep meals simple and ingredients as close to its natural state as possible.  I would fare terribly in a country like France where elaborate sauces and condiments are used.  I never even make gravy as I prefer just a tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil in case I find a meal too dry.  I do like the odd addition of chutney though.  Especially one made with apple and marrow, both of which can be bought at the market.

Enjoy your visit to this little food paradise.

Wilma Kirsten

Twitter: @Goodbye_PMS

Happy New Year

posted 5 Jan 2012, 01:20 by David Homfray

From everyone at the East Oxford Farmers' and Community Market we wish you all a fulfilling new year!

East Oxford Farmers' and Community Market Christmas Card

posted 23 Dec 2011, 10:27 by David Homfray   [ updated 23 Dec 2011, 11:06 ]

A lovely Christmasy Eve Market - Perfect!

posted 22 Dec 2011, 02:14 by David Homfray   [ updated 22 Dec 2011, 02:43 ]

Check out all these amazing stalls - Newsletter

With hot spiced apple juice from Tiddly Pommes, live music from  Willowbrook Gypsy Jazz Trio, so many great Christmas gifts including our ethical florist providing wreaths, holly and mistletoe and a range of decorations for the Christmas table. Of course we also have great foods, (including Crudge's cheese who is finally back!!!) and all the groceries you need for a perfect Christmas lunch. What more can you ask for. This will be a special East Oxford Christmas present, so please join us for our community celebration

17 December - Massive Market Christmas

posted 16 Dec 2011, 01:13 by David Homfray   [ updated 16 Dec 2011, 01:36 ]

Book signings from local authors, music by The Willowbrook Gypsy Jazz Trio and so many present and gift ideas as well as all the lovely food. Can't wait!! Check the weekly market letter here. Also there is a excellent Christmas calendar and shopping guide to help you get your ideal gifts and presents as efficiently as possible leaving you time to relax and unwind at the Pop Up Cafe

East Oxford Farmers’ Market celebrates with a special Christmas Eve market

posted 14 Dec 2011, 09:19 by David Homfray

Press Release: East Oxford Farmers’ Market celebrates with a special Christmas Eve market

The East Oxford Farmer’ & Community market, which celebrated its 5th birthday this year, and one of the three best food markets in the country, according to the BBC Food and Farming Awards (http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio4/features/ffa/2011/finalists/) is running special Christmas markets this year on the 17th of December and Christmas Eve.

Christmas shopping often involves buying things shipped and flown in from all over the world, but on the 17th and the 24th of December, customers will be able to find everything from stollen and panettone from the award-winning Natural bread company, your special Christmas joint and all the trimmings, wreaths and decorations, Christmas cake, cranberry & chilli chutney and a whole range of seasonal vegetables, all produced within 30 miles of Oxford. As well as great food, you can pick up a whole array of gifts, from books by local authors to jewellery to hand-knitted gloves - perfect for last-minute Christmas shopping. Due to customer demand, the market is open on Christmas Eve, complete with live music and mulled apple juice made from apple trees in right here in East Oxford. The market's Guide to Christmas Shopping and Calender on http://www.eastoxfordmarket.org.uk/ has more than enough for each of the 12 days of Christmas to give your true love!

The market has been a Cowley Road regular every Saturday's since August 2006, selling food and craft products made within a 30 mile radius of Oxford, and encouraging ethical, seasonal and recycled products. The market is almost entirely volunteer run, and it actively encourages participation from the local community: many of the stallholders live locally and sell products based on their family recipes and products such the apple juice, chilli and lavender products are made from plants grown right here in Oxfordshire.

For more information about the market, please see our website, http://www.eastoxfordmarket.org.uk/, and follow us on Twitter @EastOxMarket and on Facebook.

Christmas Calendar and Shopping Guide

posted 12 Dec 2011, 03:58 by David Homfray

Check out our two handy guides for what Christmas goodies are available from the East Oxford Farmers' & Community Market. The handy Calendar and Shopping Guide should be everything you need to buy ethical and local produce from your community for all your friends and family this Christmas 

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