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First farmers' market celebrates 10th birthday
STALLholders at the first farmers’ market in Oxford are about to celebrate its 10th anniversary.
A special celebration of 10 years of selling local food will take place at Wolvercote Primary School in First Turn on Sunday.
There will be 30 stallholders selling their goods, double the usual number, and the market will be opened at 10am by Suzy Dent, from the television quiz show Countdown.
Celebrity chef Sophie Grigson will give a cookery demonstration, and Paul Bellchambers, who runs the Wallingford Food Festival, will also cook up a dish.
There will be meat, cheese, bread and vegetables on sale, along with Japanese, French and Indian food.
Market coordinator Alex Towler, 28, from East Oxford, said: “Wolvercote was the very first farmers’ market in Oxford and it’s great to think that it has reached its 10th anniversary.
“Since Wolvercote started, other farmers’ markets have sprung up in Oxford including East Oxford, South Oxford and West Oxford.
“Usually about 300 people come along to the one in Wolvercote every Sunday and we hope there will be even more people than usual for the anniversary.
“Hopefully people will be reminded that there is good food available at very competitive prices.
“It is not the stereotype of over-priced food for the middle classes.”
The market will open at 10am and finish at 2pm.
Ms Dent, a regular customer, said the market demonstrated the “passion and enthusiasm” producers put into their products.
She added: “It’s also great value – I recommend that people try the market.
William Black, of the Oxfordshire-based Natural Bread Company, who is chairman of Wolvercote Farmers’ Market, said the market offered a superb range of produce.
He added: “We are proud to have brought the market to its 10th birthday and are looking forward to the next 10 years.
“In this difficult economic time, the market has shown that ‘local’ offers value, freshness and above all quality.”
There will also be a cafe, and Girl Guides will be running a face- painting session.
For further information visit farmersmarket.co.uk