Who are we..
Welcome to Thames Valley Farmers’ Market Co-operative. We operate markets in town’s across Berkshire, Oxfordshire and South Buckinghamshire, bringing local food & crafts direct to local people.
Thames Valley Farmers’ Market Co-operative enables farmers and small producers to sell their produce directly to you!
Also, we all want to do our bit to cut down ‘food miles’. Most of the food and drink sold at Thames Valley Farmers’ Markets is produced within a 30 mile radius of your local market.
We want to cut down waste too. You can help us by bringing your re-usable bags and containers when you come shopping.
Thames Valley Farmers’ Market Co-operative assesses all producers and their produce before they are accredited to trade at our markets. This means that you can be sure you are buying food and drink from the people who have grown, reared, baked and made it, all to the highest standards. All our markets are FARMA certified
Thames Valley Farmers’ Market Co-operative exists to manage and promote Farmers’ Markets, enabling farmers and small producers to sell their produce directly to the public.
We began operating in the Thames Valley area in 1999. Since then our markets have flourished and we now operate in 16 towns.
Buying at farmers’ markets helps to support local farmers and producers. There are no middlemen involved, and no profits for supermarkets and their shareholders.
We are a non profit-making organisation and in 2003 we became a co-operative. The funds that we raise through membership fees and stall fees are ploughed back into the co-operative. All the producers at our markets are voting members of the co-operative who can share in the way the co-operative is run.
Being a co-operative allows us to provide benefits for our members and customers. For instance, on top of our own certification scheme, all our markets are now accredited by FARMA, which inspects our markets to make sure they are what they say they are. This really helps to give confidence to customers looking for a wide range of quality, locally reared or produced and ethically retailed foods.
The criteria for a Farmers’ Market is that produce is ‘locally’ produced, which is defined either as a county boundary or a radius of 30 -50 miles from the market and stallholders must be directly involved in the production process . Primary produce must be grown, reared or caught by the stallholder within the defined local area. Secondary produce must be brewed, picked, baked, smoked or processed using ingredients from the defined local area.
The purpose of a farmers market is to enable farmers and other local producers to sell with produce direct to the public – providing food traceability to customers as well as reducing the impact on the environment with a reduction in food miles and packaging. Local food is rarely sold in impossible-to-open moulded plastic supermarket-style packaging and you can buy as much or as little produce as you need, so less food waste. They are also a great way to introduce and encourage children to healthy, fresh food.
Want to sell at one of our markets?
We welcome applications from local producers who would like to trade at one or more of our markets.
Membership of our co-operative will allow you to sell your produce at professionally managed, well promoted markets that are part of an organisation that is owned and run by its members. All the money we raise is ploughed back into the organisation for the benefit of our stall holders.
We believe that Thames Valley Farmers’ Markets offer some of the best locations in the country and we take great care to maintain high standards so that our customers demand, and they can be certain of the quality and provenance of everything they buy. By joining us, you can benefit from high levels of customer confidence that we have built up over many years.
Start by downloading & completing the application form. We will then consider your application and send you all of the relevant information needed to become part of our co-operative.
Thames Valley Farmers’ Market Cooperative Ltd
Grove Technology Park
phone: 01235 227266