Local Seasonal Food

Styan Family Produce at Hinton-on-the-Green, near Broadway come to Charlbury Farmers Market every quarter. However, since April 2020 and the Covid-19 shut-down they operate an online shop for ordering fruit and veg grown in Worcestershire, eggs, and Charlbury honey, which is delivered to outside Charlbury Community Centre on a Saturday morning for collection between 9.30-10.30am. Ordering deadline 7pm Thursday evening. From 20 May 2023, Styan are attending the new weekly market near the Community Centre that will be running during the summer, so all online orders will be able to be collected directly from the Styan stall. When the market stops next winter, the online orders will be able to be collected again between 9.30-10.30am from local Charlbury Green Hub volunteers.

Local Farmers Markets:

Country Markets:

  • Charlbury weekly pop-up bread stall every Thursday 3pm at Spendlove Car Park next to Community Centre for Charlbury's Bread Shed sourdough bread. 
  • Wilder Flower Farm near Stow-on-the-Wold have a stall at Spendlove Car Park next to the Community Centre on a Saturday morning during Autumn 2021
  • Enstone Country Market every 3rd Sunday 9.30am-1pm at Enstone Sports Club
  • Chipping Norton Country Market every Saturday 9-11am at The Lower Town Hall, Chipping Norton & in The Market Place at the Farmers Market on the 3rd Saturday every month
  • Eynsham Country Market every Thursday 9-10.30am (except January) at St Leonard's Hall, Thames Street, Eynsham. OX29 4HF

Local Stockists, Farm Shops & Farm Gate:

  • Cornerstone at The Corner House Charlbury - this is Charlbury's community larder open Monday-Saturday 10am-1pm. Everyone welcome for FREE surplus garden produce including apples, pears, quince and medlar during the autumn months (see Charlbury Sharecroppers for details of fruit avaialble and phone 811057 if you have surplus fruit in your garden you would like picked), also surplus foodbank foods, and Give and Take store cupboard foods. EVERYONE WELCOME - PLEASE POP IN TO SEE WHAT'S AVAILABLE
  • Styan Family Produce at Hinton-on-the-Green, near Broadway (29 miles away) come to Charlbury Farmers Market every quarter. However, since the coronavirus crisis they have set up an online shop for ordering wide range of fruit and vegetables, together with Bibury Trout, eggs, Charlbury Halcyon honey, Smart's cheeses, and rapeseed oil which is delivered to outside Charlbury Community Centre on a Saturday morning for collection between 9.30-10.30am. Ordering deadline 7am Thursday morning. Also Charlbury's local SESI pop-up detergent refill station does a drop-off and collection service at the same time.
  • Charlbury Cafe & Deli stock local food including Charlbury Halcyon honey, cured bacon from Curiosities Company  and milk from North Cotswolds Dairy at Long Compton; and are happy to talk to people about selling their spare garden produce in the shop
  • The Kitchen Garden People Weekly salad bag and fresh picked vegetable share all year round on a Friday (including asparagus in May) for signed up members, collection from the pack-house at FarmED near Shipton-under-Wychwood and a barn in Chadlington or delivery to Leafield, Finstock, and Charlbury. Also collection of Bread Shed's sourdough bread; Kite's Nest Farm  grass-fed beef and lamb; flowers from Wilder Flower Farm near Stow-on-the-Wold; and milk from The Dairyyat Honeydale can be collected from the fridge in the pack-house
  • Local eggs - there are a variety of places selling eggs from the garden gate, for example at Little Lees, Ditchley Road, and Finstock. Eggs from Lee's Rest are available at Charlbury's quarterly Farmers Market
  • Church Lane Produce at Spelsbury (2 miles away) Front door honesty stall open every day, seasonal vegetables and eggs
  • Chadlington Quality Foods (3 miles away) sell Charlbury’s Bread Shed sourdough bread on a Tuesday and Friday and a good supply of fresh unpackaged fruit and veg - some of which can be spare garden produce
  • Village shop at Ascott-under-Wychwood (5 miles away) open 7 days a week they have a wide range of products sometimes including surplus Kitchen Garden People vegetables supplied via the FarmEAT cafe at FarmED
  • The Dairyy at Honeydale  at FarmED, near Shipton-under-Wychwood OX7 6BJ (6 miles away) Micro-dairy with a small herd of three Fleckvieh cows from Austria started selling milk September 2021, regular orders can be collected from the fridge at the pack-house or one-off sales from the FarmEAT cafe where surplus Kitchen Garden People veg might also be for sale
  • Mayfield Farm, New Yatt OX29 6TQ (6 miles away) for hen and duck eggs, bread, sweetcorn, tomatoes, strawberries
  • Bruern Farm Shop at Bruern OX7 6QE (8 miles away) for farm-grown bird seed, vegetables, venison and eggs
  • Cotswold Cheese Company shop at Burford (9 miles away), huge range of artisan cheeses and deli products
  • The Market Garden shop at Mill Street, Eynsham (9 miles away) Own grown vegetables from Long Hanborough. Other locally produced, organic and ethical foods. Frozen local meat: pork from their own Sandy and Black pigs, beef from the North Aston dairy herd. North Aston grass-fed organic milk. Local sourdough breads. SESI detergent refills. Faith in Nature toiletries refill. BioD refill. Bulk refill station for organic dry foods. Open Monday- Saturday.
  • Worton Kitchen Garden, Farm Shop & Cafe , Cassington (10 miles away). Own grown fruit and vegetables as well as organic supplies from London wholesale market. Own grown tulips and other flowers. Wood-fired oven sourdough bread made on the premises. Fermented foods made on the premises.  Open every Friday & Saturday 10am-4pm and Sunday 11am-4pm.
  • North Cotswolds Dairy at Long Compton CV36 5LQ (11 miles away) Milk from Holstein cows available from vending machine at the farm and also Charlbury Deli.
  • North Aston Organics for vegetables and North Aston Dairy (11 miles away) Charlbury is not in their delivery area, but you can make a regular order and collect on a Friday or you can buy vegetables from the honesty stall at the farm. Organic dairy produce from grass-fed cows includes milk, cream, yoghurt, and ice cream and need to be ordered for collection every Friday on a regular basis. In the same village as Nicholson Nurseries' Garden Centre  & Yurt Cafe
  • Wyatts Farm Shop, Plant Centre, & Tea Room, Great Rollright (11 miles)
  • Daylesford Organic Farm Shop & Cafe (11 miles away)
  • Wykham Park Farm Shop , near Banbury OX16 9UP (14 miles away) for local and home grown produce, including Longhorn beef
  • Cacklebean Farm Eggs, Burford Road, Stow-on-the-Wold GL54 1JY (14 miles away)
  • Cultivate Mobile Farm Shop Sunday morning at Summertown Market. Also order online for deliveries in Oxford on a Friday or for collection at Kidlington (11 miles away) on a Thursday

Local Meat:

  • Ditchley Estate Venison (2 miles) Roe, fallow, muntjac loin cuts, also steaks, mince, burgers, and sausages. Phone 07717 219186.
  • Ditchley Farm, Charlbury (2 miles) Boxes of whole or half organic lamb from flocks of Highlander sheep available July to December. Boxes of organic beef from herds of White Park Cattle, Angus, and Simmental breeds available September to April. Email: mdhamiltonfarms@gmail.com
  • Cornbury Park Venison available August to January from Denshams Butchers in Witney (7 miles), also at some local Farmers Markets
  • Litchfield Farm, Enstone (3 miles)  Boxes of whole or half lamb from black Hebridean sheep available January. Email: Email: nikki@litchfieldfarm.co.uk 
  • Chadlington lamb (3 miles) Boxes of whole or half lamb from Romney sheep available August to November. Email: hallam.d@hotmail.com
  • Pudlicote Farm (4 miles) lamb available.
  • Salt Pig Curing Co at Chipping Norton (8 miles away) for online sales of ham and charcuterie from rare breed mature pigs
  • Willowbrook Organic Meat from Hampton Gay, near Bletchingdon, OX5 2QQ (11 miles away) also honey and Zaytoun products
  • Upton Smokery OX18 4LY near Burford (11 miles away) specialises in smoked meats, smoked fish, biltong and seasonings. Also Upton Firehouse restaurant open Friday-Sunday 12-4pm
  • Wykham Park Farm Shop , near Banbury OX16 9UP (14 miles away) for local and home grown produce, including Longhorn beef.
  • Sandy Hill Farm, Sherborne GL54 3DS (14 miles away) for certified Pasture for Life 100% grass-fed beef
  • Eastleach Downs Farm, Eastleach GL7 3PX (14 miles away) for organic pork
  • Rissington Hereford Beef Boxes from Glebe Farm, Great Rissington GL54 2LH (15 miles away) for 100% grass-fed beef. Email: helendspooner@gmail.com or phone 07714 720640
  • Northmoor Beef Boxes from Rectory Farm, Northmoor (16 miles away)
  • Fir Farm Lower Swell, near Stow-on-the-Wold (16 miles away) for pasture-fed beef, lamb, also free-range pork and poultry.
  • Paddock Farm, Lower Brailes OX15 5HN (16 miles away) for pork, sausages, bacon and charcuterie from Tamworth pigs
  • Conygree Farm , Aldsworth (17 miles away) for organic, regenerative pasture-fed and climate friendly beef, lamb, hogget, and mutton, they also produce free range pork, wildflower honey, wool & salad crops. Traditional Hereford Cattle, Cotswold Sheep & Gloucester Old Spot Pigs. The manager at Conygree Jonty Brunyee also manages FarmED at Honeydale Farm, near Ascott-under-Wychwood. Phone Jonty on 07886 305508
  • Todenham Manor Farm, north of Moreton-in-Marsh, GL56 9PQ (17 miles away) for slow-reared beef, pork, and lamb. Also online shop
  • Kite's Nest Farm  near Broadway (24 miles away) for 100% grass-fed beef. Can be ordered from the farmer for collection on a Friday from The Kitchen Garden People at Chadlington
  • Coombe Farm, Crewkerne, Somerset (120 miles away) for full range of organic sustainable meats (including goat and venison) for delivery nationwide.

Local Bread

'Local' Fish

  • Fresh Cornish Fish sent by post from Newlyn
  • Brian’s Fresh Fish  delivers fish to Charlbury from Grimsby every Tuesday afternoon, the van stops in Market Street outside the Rose & Crown
  • Bibury Trout Farm GL7 5NL (19 miles) order on-line via Styan website for delivery 1st & 3rd Saturdays to outside the Community Centre, they also come to local Farmers Markets including Charlbury

Local Wine:

Oxfordshire Farms producing Asparagus available May/June:

Heritage Grain Flour

Shipton Mill, organic millers based in Tetbury, Gloucestershire, have teamed up with Heritage Harvest Ltd. to create two new lines of flour to raise funds for the Heritage Grain Trust. All of the profit from the sale of this flour will be used to support the goals of the Trust and encourage the production and use of heritage grains. This flour – roller-milled, multi-purpose white flour and a stone-ground wholemeal flour – has been milled from a locally-adapted population of heritage grain developed by John Letts, which has been grown for six seasons at the Duchy Home Farm less than 3 km from the mill. This flour is now available from Bakery Bits and is ideal for making your own sourdough bread.

Reducing Food Waste

Since 2008 Charlbury Sharecroppers have run the popular Big Apple Take-Aways (fortnightly from August to November) on the Playing Close providing free apples, plums & pears etc picked from local gardens and orchards. Since the Covid crisis in 2020, instead of the fortnightly events, all the Sharecroppers free produce is available Monday to Saturday from 10am-1pm at The Cornerstone in The Corner House in Charlbury. The Cornerstone is Charlbury's Community Hub, it operates all year round and is home to the Charlbury Larder with a fridge and freezer, so please take any spare food and garden produce down there for redistribution within the town. Pop down there and have a look at all the things available.

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19/04/19 - Call for Sustainable Food - talk organised by Sustainable Charlbury

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