Charlbury Market

Charlbury Market is a local food market held on Saturday mornings, with a small collection of stalls selling locally-grown and locally-prepared food.

It supports local businesses; enabling people to buy a range of locally-produced good-quality food in one place; bringing more footfall to the town centre on a regular basis; creating a friendly, social and accessible event.

The Market has finished for 2023.

Market stall

We will return in spring 2024

Exciting new opportunity :

Charlbury Community Market Co-ordinator

The Town Council is looking for a co-ordinator to support its vision for the market and to develop a vibrant, community-focused market.

The role is self-funded*: the successful co-ordinator will run a weekly stall at the market on behalf of small businesses unable to attend themselves and agree a percentage of the profits with each small business as commission. Experience to date shows that running such a stall is profitable. (* This is not an offer of employment by the Council)

Other responsibilities are listed below.

Charlbury Town Council invites expressions of interest for the following self-funded role:

Position: Charlbury Community Market Co-ordinator

Reports to: Town Clerk

Employment status: Self-funded

Summary

  • To co-ordinate and promote the Charlbury Community Market in line with the Town Council’s vision and objectives; enabling people to buy a range of locally produced good-quality food in one place; bringing more footfall to the town centre on a regular basis; creating a friendly, social and accessible event.
  • To run a regular stall on behalf of small local businesses.

Description of role

General:

  • Establish good relationships with local small food businesses
  • Book vendors onto the market
  • Maintain database to enable Community Centre to collect stall fees owed
  • Co-ordinate volunteers
  • Keep up to date polices (in conjunction with Town Clerk)
  • Act as liaison between businesses and the Town Council
  • Maintain database of vendors, their contact information, and insurance details or permits based on the products they are selling
  • Draw up location map of vendors each week
  • Arrange with small businesses to sell their produce if required
  • Negotiate commission percentage with each small business when selling their produce on the general stall
  • Generate regular social media content to advertise the market

Market days:

Arrive prior to market vendors and remain throughout the market day to:

  • Ensure vendors’ stalls are correctly located
  • Place market signs, parking signs
  • Ensure all rules and regulations are adhered to
  • Answer questions for vendors and consumers 
  • Maintain market grounds in a safe manner
  • Operate general stall on behalf of small businesses
  • Conduct periodic customer counts each market day to assess the level of growth in market usage
  • Ensure the market site is clean once the market is closed and the vendors have left for the day
  • Work with volunteers to deliver all the above

Long-term plan:

  • Have nutritional education materials to distribute
  • Have recipes for seasonal, local foods that are available in the market
  • Solicit entertainment for market days, as well as sponsors for the entertainment
  • Work with the Town Clerk and Food working group volunteers to develop the market

Person Specification

Essential:

  • Good communication skills
  • Interest in local food production and consumption
  • Willing to work flexible hours including Saturdays
  • Willing to work within the Town Council vision of the market

Desirable:

  • Entrepreneurial
  • Have a good understanding of the Charlbury community

Expressions of interest to be sent to Lisa, Town Clerk at clerk@charlbury-tc.gov.uk, by 29th February please. If you would like an informal chat about the role, phone Lisa on 07311 259412

Meet our stallholders:

Wilder Flower Farm

Wilder Flower Farm is near Chipping Norton in the Cotswolds. It is run by me, Helen with the cheerful support of my brilliant family and the constant company of Gertie our dog. We also have some fantastic volunteers who put up with the (almost) constant weeding, average coffee and occasional biscuit.  

My background is in graphic design and I trained at Camberwell College of Arts and then worked for 15 yrs as a designer in London but, after becoming a mum, I had a growing urge to get outside, often gardening by head torch to wind down after a long day.  Like most people I didn’t like denuding my garden to have flowers for the house so, after leaving London in 2012, I started a small cut flower plot for myself and it grew…literally…allotment plot by allotment plot until I had 4 and it had become the day job.  Having grown on there for 8 years we have recently taken a big leap of faith and bought around 4 acres of land, a dilapidated nursery, which we are slowly loving back to life.  It’s going to be a marathon not a sprint and we are just beginning to tell that story @our_wilder_land if you want to follow it.

I love what I do. Officially founded 5 years ago, we grow in season and without chemicals and deliberately choose flowers (or varieties) that you won’t find in Supermarkets or (most) high street florists. We aim to favour scent, rarity, delicacy and PLENTY of colour.  As well as selling here at Charlbury, we also offer fortnightly subscriptions of mixed buckets containing the most beautiful flowers available that week for £20.  Bouquets and other one-off purchases are also available and can be collected from our site in Little Compton.  

Hopefully I’ll see you at Charlbury market or, come and visit me in Little Compton…if you can’t find me I’ll most probably be outside, hands in the soil and laughing…far too loudly.

Styan Family Produce

Styan Family Produce is an Evesham based market gardening business, we grow a wide variety of food crops on a small scale to supply our Farmers’ Market stalls. Our business started with plums and that is the only crop that we grow in sufficient quantities to consistently supply the wholesale market. We grow in excess of 20 varieties of plums and damsons and are always happy to explain the virtues of them all as we love people to understand that Victorias are not the only good plums!

The business is truly a family business now run by Roger and Liz, who started it in 1988, and James who is moving us forward all the time, but many other close family members help out and we are proud to regard our employees as part of the family too. We now farm about 35Ha of orchards and fields with 4 polytunnels and a greenhouse. Working through the seasons our main crops are asparagus in the spring, then the plums and stick beans moving onto apples and potatoes before a good dose of cabbage, purple sprouting broccoli and leeks to keep the stall full through the winter. We grow small quantities of many other things to keep the stalls as interesting as we can.

Roger at Styan

Missing Bean Coffee Roasters

Missing Bean coffee roasters and bakery

Ori and Vicky opened Missing Bean in 2009 with the vision of bringing delicious, ethically sourced speciality coffee to Oxford and surrounds. In 2014 we started roasting our own coffee, so that we could have more control over the supply chain. We specialise in direct trade coffee and develop long-term relationships with farmers, who we visit when possible.
Our focus has always been the community we’re in, and creating a warm, relaxed and friendly space where everyone feels welcomed. We love our coffee, and respect the growers, and our aim is to keep the coffee accessible to all, whilst building a value-led and environmentally accountable business that cares for its staff, its products and the planet.
Harriet first joined Missing Bean as a barista in 2012, but quickly became shop manager and baker of many of the cakes we served at the time. Fast forward a few years and a yoga business later, and when the dream for a bakery came up Harriet, with her love and passion for baking, good food and tasty, quality ingredients was the first person we approached to run it.
Our bakery aims to produce a small range of sweet and savoury seasonal pastries, complemented by some firm favourites and our sough dough breads. We believe that sourcing is paramount, and all our ingredients are carefully selected for taste and provenance. All our grain and flour for our breads come from Henry Astor at nearby Bruern farm.
Please do ask if you have any questions about how or why we do things the way we do, or any of our ingredients or suppliers. We look forward to meeting you at the market.

Church Lane Produce

Church Lane Produce is set on a 2-acre (0.8 hectare) ‘micro-farm’ in the middle of Spelsbury, near Chipping Norton, in Oxfordshire.

With a strong background in food and farming Hugh and Helen are passionate about home-grown produce. Hugh was born in Spelsbury, where his parents ran a small farm, and originally studied agriculture at Seale Hayne College in Devon; he is now a Chartered Scientist with a PhD from the University of  Leeds.


Helen is originally from a farming background in Devon and has worked in catering, retail (some folks may remember Helen’s Real Food at Chadlington) and third sector fundraising, most recently at the fabulous Theatre in Chipping Norton.

This is their sixth year on the market garden where their aim is to simply grow and produce tasty seasonal food! They crop just under two acres so can’t promise produce every day – or large quantities, but everything they supply is fresh, and grown or made just a few yards from the stall.
Church Lane Produce is not organic – but they work to keep environmental impacts low. They don’t use insecticides although do occasionally use artificial fertiliser and herbicides if needed. They  use some commercial composts, but are experimenting with making their own, collect leaves for leaf-litter mulch and harvest rainwater where possible.

Known as ‘the Cotswolds’ smallest farm shop’ Church Lane Produce offers a wide range of lovely fresh seasonal vegetables together with home-made preserves, including our award-winning marmalade, and free-range eggs.
Follow @churchlaneproduce on Instagram or Facebook for regular updates on seasonal availability and news of what’s happening in the field.

Nutmeg & Thyme

Nutmeg & Thyme Plant Based Food are an entirely gluten free and vegan shop/cafe and catering business based in Burford.

Emily Weir returned from vegan kitchens in London during lockdown and quickly started delivering seasonal menu items around Oxfordshire which led to buying a catering trailer, still used daily to cook up all our goods for the shop and any markets and events we do!

We revolve all our dishes and menus around as much seasonal, local and homegrown produce as possible, alongside our Burford shop which is stocked full of talented local producers and makers, refill stations and freshly prepared dishes, salads, bakes and more.

Having pitched at Charlbury Community Centre for a few years with the trailer, it’s brilliant to be back trading with lots of brilliant local producers at Charlbury Market!

Evenlode Honey

Evenlode Honey are small-scale honey producers, based in Charlbury in the Cotswolds. We currently have about 50 hives and our bees forage nectar and pollen from local woodlands and hedgerows, meadows and fields. The resulting honey is thick and full-flavoured, sweet and tangy. It’s delicious raw on toast, in porridge, or to add depth and sweetness in baking and cooking.

Ben Cottam founded Evenlode Honey in 2023 following a move out of London to Charlbury and seeking an escape from the world of desks and screens, and a business based in the great outdoors. Fascinated by the natural world and with a passion for cooking and great ingredients, beekeeping became the natural path. For now we just sell raw honey, but in time we hope to expand the business, using not just honey, but the many other wonderful products that bees produce – watch this space!

Ben at Evenlode Honey

Earth Ale

Earth Ale

Earth Ale is an artisanal microbrewery specialising in foraged and natural ingredients, based at Bothy Vineyard. With roots in Michelin kitchens around the world, they’re passionate about quality ingredients and bringing people together with good food and beer.


They use ancient and modern fermentation techniques and focus on seasonal, limited batches, so they can give every brew the handcrafted care and attention it deserves. They’ve got beers like an elderflower champagne saison, where they create a natural champagne from the foraged elderflower, blend it with a spelt beer, pitch with champagne yeast and age for 12 months. They also have more classic styles like a Meadow Pilsner, American Amber and more.

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