THAMES VALLEY FARMERS' MARKET CO-OPERATIVE LTD

Thames Valley Farmers' Market Co-operative exists to manage and promote Farmers' Markets, enabling farmers and small producers to sell their produce directly to the public.

We began operating in the Thames Valley area in 1999. Since then our markets have flourished and we now operate in 16 towns.

Buying at farmers' markets helps to support local farmers and producers. There are no middlemen involved, and no profits for supermarkets and their shareholders.

We are a non profit-making organisation and in 2003 we became a co-operative. The funds that we raise through membership fees and stall fees are ploughed back into the co-operative. All the producers at our markets are voting members of the co-operative who can share in the way the co-operative is run.

Our Markets

Abingdon on Thames

Abingdon 3rd Friday of the month 08:30 - 13:30 Market Place

Ascot High Street

Ascot 3rd Sunday of the month 09:30 - 13:00 Car Park 3

Banbury

Banbury 1st Friday of the month 08:30 - 13:30 Cornhill

Beaconsfield

Beaconsfield 4th Saturday of the month 09:00 - 12:30 Windsor End

Charlbury

Charlbury 2nd Saturday Quarterly 09:00 - 13:00 The Playing Close

Chipping Norton

Chipping Norton 3rd Saturday of the month 08:30 - 13:30 Chipping Norton

Didcot

Didcot 2nd Saturday of the month 08:30 - 13:30 The Orchard Centre

Little Chalfont

Little Chalfont 2nd Saturday of the month 09:00 - 13:00 Village Hall Car Park

Newbury

Newbury 1 1st Sunday of the month 09:00 - 13:00 Market Place

Newbury 2 3rd Sunday of the month 09:00 - 13:00 Market Place

Purley-on-Thames

Purley-on-Thames 2nd Saturday of the month 08:30 - 12:00 The Barn

Reading

Reading 1 1st Saturday of the month 08:30 - 12:00 The Cattle Market

Reading 2 3rd Saturday of the month 08:30 - 12:00 The Cattle Market

Windsor

Windsor 1st Saturday of the month 09:00 - 13:00 St Leonard's Road

Witney

Witney 4th Friday of the month 08:30 - 13:30 Market Place

Woodstock

Woodstock 1 1st Saturday of the month 08:30 - 13:00 Town Hall (in front of)

Woodstock 2 3rd Saturday of the month 08:30 - 13:00 Town Hall (in front of)

a co-operative

Being a co-operative allows us to provide benefits for our members and customers. For instance, on top of our own certification scheme, all our markets are now accredited by FARMA, which inspects our markets to make sure they are what they say they are. This really helps to give confidence to customers looking for a wide range of quality, locally reared or produced and ethically retailed foods.

'locally' produced

The criteria for a Farmers' Market is that produce is 'locally' produced, which is defined either as a county boundary or a radius of 30 -50 miles from the market and stallholders must be directly involved in the production process . Primary produce must be grown, reared or caught by the stallholder within the defined local area. Secondary produce must be brewed, picked, baked, smoked or processed using ingredients from the defined local area.

The purpose of a farmers market is to enable farmers and other local producers to sell with produce direct to the public - providing food traceability to customers as well as reducing the impact on the environment with a reduction in food miles and packaging. Local food is rarely sold in impossible-to-open moulded plastic supermarket-style packaging and you can buy as much or as little produce as you need, so less food waste. They are also a great way to introduce and encourage children to healthy, fresh food.

Contact Details

Unit 37 Boston House,
Grove Technology Park,
Wantage,
Oxfordshire,
OX12 9FF

Membership

South East Members Group