The market is always bustling with people. Courtesy of http://www.oxfordcommunitymarket.com
Vendors come prepared to sell their goods and produce. Courtesy of http://www.oxfordcommunitymarket.com
Tuesday afternoons in Oxford is the perfect day to do some grocery shopping. Why, you may ask? Because the Oxford Community Market is open and ready for business.
The Oxford Community Market is a farmer’s market open from April- November, 3-6:30 pm every Tuesday. They have a wide variety of fresh goods and produce, ranging from eggs and bread to popsicles and cupcakes.
Oxford Community Market’s mission statement is, “OXCM fosters community bonds, strengthens local economies, educates consumers, advocates for farmers, and improves access to fresh, healthy, local, and sustainable goods for all citizens, including those traditionally underserved.”
Ran by Betsy Chapman, the market was opened in 2013 and since has been growing increasingly. Vendors are required to meet certain guidelines and expectations in order to sell at the market.
Here I would put something like virtual on here. Like maybe when you scroll over an item sold at the market it would list which vendor sells them and where the item is from. For example, Stark Aldridge sold eggs and cheese. So I would put a picture of an egg and when you scroll over it it would have his like information pop up. A fun way to know where the stuff you would be buying comes from.
Stark Aldridge: eggs, cheese, and jams.
Native Son: strawberries, carrots, lettuce, kale, fruits and veggies, etc.
Steve the Balloon Guy: balloon animals
Poultry in Motion: beans, lettuce, tomatoes, oregano, mint, rosemary, apples, pears, plums, breads, jams, pickles, and mustards.
7D Farms: baked goods, including gluten free options!
Volunteers Chelsea Johnson and Emily Ray explained what the market offers to the community.
Johnson said, “It really helps serve the community. You can volunteer, there’s music and free samples.”
“Everything here, if not grown locally, is made with local ingredients.” said Ray.
Since it's opening in 2013, the market has continued to grow and become more popular in the city of Oxford. "In my opinion, the best thing about Oxford. Fantastic atmosphere, and a truly delicious collection of vendors." said Samuel Lisi.
Stark Aldridge is a huge fan of the market as well. "I have been coming and participating here for approximately 3 years. I sell eggs and cheese." said Aldridge.
Photo of Stark Aldridge. Courtesy of Heather Hughes
Wondering why the Oxford Community Market is better than Wal- Mart or Kroger? The Huffington Post has 15 reasons why you should choose the market.
“Great location, beautiful pavilion, plenty of parking, clean restrooms, room for children to run and play, covered vending space, and a great group of vendors…” said Douglas David, according to the OXCM Facebook page.
So if you find yourself out of groceries, or just simply curious on a Tuesday afternoon, wander on down to the Oxford Community Market.