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Oakwood Farmers’ Market is so much more than just a food market. This Saturday the Roundhay live stall will be hosting the Friends of Gipton Woods.  This  group of keen volunteers work in the wood on Saturdays clearing rubbish, brambles, bracken bashing and tree work to maintain a pleasant and safe environment for the community.  Have a chat with them and find out more about this valuable work.

On the REAP Stall this Saturday will be Feed Leeds .  A network of 50 individuals and organisations, their aim is to promote and support food growing in Leeds for economic, social, environmental and health benefits.  If you are considering setting up a food growing project, they will be able to give you valuable support and information.  Also on the stall will be researcher Niall Kerr from the Sustainability Research Institute at the University of Leeds.  Niall is very interested in hearing about what considerations home owners give to sustainability when they are renovating and improving their homes.  If you have a project under way, have recently renovated or are thinking about it, please have a chat with Niall and give him your input.
The REAP Gardening Group will be talking about The Big Sow (no, not a pig!).  It’s the time of year where we all start to sow the seeds for this year’s crops.  Come and see what you can expect to see this year in the amazingly successful Oakwood Edible Bed.

This month sees the start of our new craft demonstration stall.  Local artist, Nick Claiden , designed our very first Oakwood Farmers’ Market flyer and this month she will be demonstrating her talent in stained glass painting (read more).  There will even be an opportunity for you to get involved.

Phew!   I think you will agree Oakwood Farmers Market has a great deal to offer.  See you there.

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New for the market and starting  this Saturday, there will be the chance to watch, learn and engage with local artists and craft workers.

On Saturday Nick Claiden will be demonstrating, at the market, painting on glass using techniques that go back to medieval times. This is a process that is used in all Church stained glass windows. You can have a go yourself and for a small fee, she will fire the images at home for later collection.

If the weather is not kind she will demonstrate ‘foiling’ a more modern alternative to leading glass and one used in small window lights, Christmas tree decorations and lamps.

Radio Leeds were amongst the visitors to this month’s market. They interviewed two of our organising committee, Jill and Pat, and you can see or hear the interview by clicking on the links below.  We are very keen to recruit new people onto our committee so that we continue to get new ideas on how to keep our market vibrant and relevant.  If you can spare a couple of hours a month and have any skills in organising events, social media, marketing or as a market stall holder, we would love to hear from you.  The market belongs to all of us and can only continue to thrive with the involvement of the community it serves.  So, how about it?  Could this be for you? Radio Leeds

Watch the Radio Leeds Interview by clicking here

Listen to the whole interview below

Contact us here 

 

The Roundhay Live stall at tomorrow’s market will be hosting Gledhow Valley Conservation Area Group.

If your local not for profit 0rganisation would like to showcase themselves using the Roundhay Live stall, find out how, by speaking to one of the people at the REAP stall.

Gledhow

Cake-web

We know you’re going to be spoiled for choice tomorrow when you see who our guests are.  Jo Bradwell with her Easter eggs, Yummy Yank with their American style cakes, Philippa Quayle – The Art of Mallow and  Gusto Italiano – Italian Food.

For those of you who are into tweeting, birdwatching expert Linda Jenkinson will be on hand to answer your questions about what’s in your garden and how to make the most of these avian visitors.

So fly down to the market and enjoy.

Birds-web

 

 

 

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Due to unforeseen circumstances Men In Sheds will not be able to attend the March market this Saturday as previously advertised.

The good news is that they hope to be able to come to a future market very soon.

 

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Leeds City Council will be at this Saturday’s market to help with their consultation process on proposed 20 mph speed limit zones in the Roundhay area.

So if you want you views heard – race down to the market!

Shed-for-Web

New for the market and starting  this Saturday, there will be the chance to watch, learn and engage with local artists and craft workers.

We welcome Men In Sheds as our first guests. If you are in possession of a spare man looking to do something with his daytime leisure or if you are a man in need of a refuge from the daily chores, why not come along and uncover the secret world of sheds.

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Committee

Organisers of a popular North Leeds farmers’ market are appealing for members of the local community to join them and help safeguard its long term future.

Oakwood Farmers’ Market, which has been running every third Saturday since 2008 at Oakwood Clock in Roundhay, is part of environmental charity, the Roundhay Environment Action Project (REAP) and attracts hundreds of visitors locally and from across the region.

The market committee is made up a team of seven dedicated volunteers, all members of the local community.

In a bid to ensure the long term survival of the market, the committee has launched a campaign to enlist additional organisers to help run and operate the market and join the committee.

Committee member and local resident Jill Jones, who originally came up with idea for the market, said: “I guess you could say that this is a form of succession planning. Over the past eight years, Oakwood Farmers’ Market has become a very popular shopping destination for the local community as well as visitors from further afield.  However, whilst there is plenty of passion left in the Market committee we obviously can’t go on forever so we’ve decided that it’s time to invite people from the local community to get involved and work with us to continue the great work that has been done so far. We want future generations to benefit from our original vision for many years to come.”

With regular and special guest stallholders in attendance, no two markets are ever the same, selling everything from artisan bread and locally reared meat to homemade soups and fresh fruit and veg.  Craft demonstrations, local artists and musicians also help to create a real family atmosphere.

Added Jill: “It’s wonderful that the local community supports the market in the way it does. It pulls people in to the area which is good for the local economy and homeowners like to live in communities where events such as this take place as they enhance community spirit.”

Pat Urry, Chair of the Market Committee, says: “The market really is an integral part of community life but what many people don’t realise is that it’s down to the hard work and commitment of a small team of people that the market can take place in the first place. It’s also a show of support for many local independent farmers and entrepreneurs.

“We’re looking for enthusiastic and reliable organisers who are interested in continuing the market’s aim to provide local nutritious food, local products and support healthy and environmentally friendly lifestyles. There are so many ways to get involved, both behind the scenes and on Saturday morning market days. Ensuring the market continues for future generations to enjoy is a priority but as with all community projects, without a team behind the scenes, it simply wouldn’t happen. It’s a great opportunity to join the market committee and help stage one of the region’s most vibrant farmers markets which, in exchange for just a few hours a month, is extremely rewarding and satisfying.”

The next Oakwood Farmers’ Market takes place on Saturday 19 March from 9am-12.30pm. Potential volunteers can visit the REAP stall or contact us via our website http://www.oakwoodfarmersmarket.com/contact-oakwood-farmers-market/
For  information about the market visit www.oakwoodfarmersmarke.com or https://www.facebook.com/oakwoodfarmersmarket/