Another busy market this week. Chillies2U are back with their wonderful chillies and sauces, and Homesown will be selling locally grown plants. All things sweet this week are from Shand’s Cakes and Linden Chocolate Lab. We also have great savoury takeaways and our Pizza Boys Café in the newly refurbished café space. See you Saturday!

Outside

The Clays Organic Market Garden - seasonal, fresh, local organic fruit & veg
Tiddly Pommes - superb pressed apple juice from local fruit
Willowbrook Farm - free range chicken, lamb, beef, organic eggs & local honey
Crudges Cheese - range of cheeses hand made by ethical & sustainable cheese makers known personally to award winning Crudges
Jericho Coffee Traders - premium coffee roasted in Jericho & served from a vivid turquoise tuk-tuk

Inside

SESI Food & Detergent Filling Station - refilling empty containers for fairtrade, organic dried foods; household detergents & hair-care products
North Aston Dairy - local organic milk, yoghurt, cream & ice cream, plus organic rose veal & old cow beef
Natural Bread - handcrafted speciality breads
Mediterranean - lovely falafel, houmous, snacks & sweet treats
Raffaele Pepe - delicious Italian & Japanese food
Salad Daze - healthy salads to take away
Shand's Cakes - homemade tasty cakes & treats
Linden Chocolate Lab - a micro-batch chocolate company based in Oxford, their chocolate is passionately crafted to deliver a rich & unique taste profile fused with health benefits & only a small amount of sugar
Chillies2U - locally grown chillies, sauces & marinades
Jason's Book Box - second hand books

Market Café: The Pizza Boys Bicester


Market News

A message from Mark Stephenson, The Clays Organic Market Garden

Farewell from The Clays Organic Market Garden

As many of you know, I am giving up my regular space at East Oxford Farmers Market. This Saturday, April 27th, is the last time The Clays Organic Market Garden will be there.

I am both sad and happy to have made this decision. Sad because the market has been a significant part of my business and I have met many lovely people as a result: coming to market has been as much a social occasion as a business one. I thank all of you who have made it such a pleasure (queues permitting!). I will miss you.

I am leaving because the market has become too big and successful for me to be able to grow enough to properly supply it. When it first started I only needed to buy in small amounts of additional produce for a few months each year but now I have to buy in significant quantities every week and it has adversely impacted the other markets to which I go. However, I am not only one of the original stallholders, here since the inception of the market, but I was also part of the group that brought the market into being and I remained on the committee for many years.

Seeing the market outgrow me has been a source of pleasure; it is deeply satisfying to see something that I helped to create and develop become so successful. Especially as it is part of the process of moving towards a less damaging and more environmentally aware culture.

You will be delighted to know that Matt Dale, whom many of you will recognise from his previous incarnation as the founder of North Aston Dairy, will be replacing me. So you will continue to have a regular supply of Oxfordshire grown organic vegetables. Some of you may have noticed Matt working on my stall a fortnight ago; he will be with me again this week.

Thank you all , those of you come to the South Oxford market I hope to continue to see as usual!

Mark Stevenson