As lovers of great food and big fans of local producers, it’s a foregone conclusion that everyone here at Bitten HQ loves Oxford farmers markets. Thankfully, we have our fair share of great markets here, giving locals and visitors a varied and fresh selection of goodies at regular intervals. Having done a list of Oxford farmers’ markets recently, we felt it was merely scratching the surface, so over the course of the next few months we’ll be doing a photo feature on each and every one, highlighting some of our favourite stallholders.
The first market under our spotlight is merely a year old, but has been growing ever popular; recently progressing from monthly to fortnightly. Sitting pretty in North Oxford, a short walk from Gee’s Restaurant, North Parade Farmers’ market is the stuff of foodie dreams – artisan breads; beautiful, towering, homemade cakes; an uber cool coffee house; a great local pub and loads, loads more.
Local councillor, James Fry, was instrumental in getting the market launched, after making an electoral pledge to breathe life back into what was a quiet little street. Since then, North Parade has become one of Oxford’s foodie hotspots, with not one, not two, but three exciting new culinary venues opening within the last year: Brew coffee shop, which featured in our Definitive Oxford Coffee Guide; 2 North Parade; and the brand new MVH. You can’t imagine, while browsing the selection of great traders and listening to young local violinist, Wynn Tasker, that this little street could be anything but bustling.
If you haven’t been yet, this is definitely one to make a trip for! North Parade Farmers’ Market runs every other Saturday, from 9am-2pm