Community market to open in South Oxford

Judy Chipchase

Judy Chipchase

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A NEW community market is being set up in Oxford to meet demand from local residents.

The South Oxford Farmers’ and Community Market will launch on Sunday.

Residents will be able to get locally-produced vegetables, bread and specialist food every week.

Judy Chipchase, from organising group Low Carbon South Oxford, said: “This is great news for the South Oxford community.

“There are few local shops in South Oxford and this brings healthy, local and sustainable food into the heart of the community.”

The organising committee aims to follow in the footsteps of already-successful community markets around the city.

The East Oxford Farmers’ and Community Market was set up in August 2006 and was shortlisted for a BBC Radio 4 Food and Farming Award last year.

Other markets include those in Headington, West Oxford, Sandford-on-Thames and Wolvercote.

Ms Chipchase said: “The interest for locally produced food and community markets is strong in Oxford.

“We have organisations like Oxgrow, gardens like Barracks Lane and markets around the city.

“Now we’d like to follow in the footsteps of East Oxford and create something for local producers and people, working together.”

The Low Carbon South Oxford group, set up in March 2011, was also one of the groups behind Hogacre Common, an eco-park being created on part of Corpus Christi’s sports ground.

Ms Chipchase added: “We will have a cafe and brunch bar as well, which will be an important new focus for the community, where people can have a break and meet up with friends and neighbours.”

The market will run at the South Oxford Community Centre in Lake Street each Sunday from 9.30am to noon.

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