Red Stawbery Drawing

What could say summer more than a plate of delicious strawberries picked fresh from the field direct to your market? East End Nurseries are with us this month, so make sure you visit Alison’s stall early – these flavourful fruits are always a winner with our customers.

Dave and Friends will be lifting our spirits with their selection of medleys. Let yourself go and join in! There’s bound to be something you know. Why not pick up a coffee from Café 2U whilst you’re at it?




If you have every driven along Gledhow Valley Road and just enjoyed the wonderful natural scenery, you may have marveled that you are so close to a major city center at the same time being in a place of natural beauty.

Gledhow valley woods are magnificent and thanks to The Friends of Gledhow Valley Woods we have champions who wish to protect them.

Come down to the market this Saturday  19th July and chat to them.


This the Roundhay Live Stall hosts Footloose Dance School.

Come down to the market and speak to Katie or Amie about booking some lessons. They will be happy to give you all the steps required to enrol.

Amie Katie






With the weekend scheduled to be a good one, we know many of you will be bringing out the barbecue.  Tantalize your neighbours with wonderful aromas – all courtesy of our regular stallholders.  What about starting with some fish or pate from Jim of  Hebdens of  Whitby; followed by a succulent steak from Keith of Yorkshire Highlanders ; or sausages from Jo at Swillington Organic Farm; or a homemade steak  pie from Jane Boocock of Country Pies; fresh salad and veg from Vicky of Whiteleys finishing up with a plate of sweet strawberries from  April of Woodside Farm and some cheese and biscuits from Lincolnshire Poacher.  If you’ve room, Bruce Salt always has delicious pastries.    What time would you like me – should I bring a bottle?


This month we are delighted to welcome, for the first time on our market, Gusto Italiano.   Mario will be bringing his delicious homemade Italian food which we know you will love.  We also welcome old favourites, Sawley Kitchen, with their scrumptious biscuits and Woodside Farm, who will be bringing the last of this year’s asparagus crop as well as strawberries and rhubarb.

Filo and Parmasan Asparagus

We have truly lovely spring ingredients for you at the May Market. So why not come down and bring a friend on Saturday 17th May?

This month’s seasonal treats include asparagus and rhubarb from Woodside Farm near Acomb, and some scrumptious early strawberries from East End nurseries. 

To tempt you, here are some links to recipes I will be cooking this weekend:

Baked asparagus with parmesan and poppy seeds

James Martin’s classic rhubarb crumble

Fresh strawberry muffins

Strawberry Muffins

We are sorry to announce that Cutting Cake Patisserie will not be attending our market in future. As a founding trader on the market, we have enjoyed their wonderful chocolates and gluten free cake and we know they will be greatly missed.

It is always worth reflecting on the fact that our stall holders spend many hours making, growing or rearing the produce we all enjoy.  Being on the stall at the market is a small part of that process – but one that also takes a lot of planning and time.

The demand for Kham Mai and Mark Shipway’s wonderful, bespoke celebration cakes has meant that they are no longer able to divert their time and attention into chocolate making and have decided not to attend Oakwood Farmers’ Market in future.

Over the last 6 years, we have had good cause to thank Cutting Cake for making our fantastic market birthday cakes and we thought it would be good to remind all our customers of these from years gone past.
We are sure everyone will wish them well in the next phase of their business.

Cake Montage

So we thank you and we all wish you well.
Do not forget that if you want to grab what will become collector’s item chocolate come down to the Market on Saturday 17th May, there won’t be any more. Also when you want to celebrate that special occasion with a cake you will be able order one at


Pete, Nicola and Jayne met through playing rock and roll, soul and pop classics with ‘Any Excuse’ – made for dancing.  As the trio, ‘Tuesday’s News’, they now play acoustic cover arrangements of songs, in a range of styles featuring vocal harmonies.  Photo album not yet available, but maybe there will be after the market on 17 May! Feel free to take some pictures and send them in – we will choose some and then put them on the web.


The Friends of Gipton Wood are a group of keen volunteers who work in the wood on Saturdays clearing rubbish, brambles, bracken bashing and tree work, and who appreciate the value and significance of the Wood as a place of natural beauty.

Come down to the market on Saturday 17th May and have a chat to one of the volunteers and look at some of the photographs from one of their recent guided tours. The Wood is just at its best right now with a sea of bluebells at the top.

There are all sorts of fascinating facts to learn about the archeology of the Wood – wild boars; charcoal burners dwellings as well as the history of the last 100 years.


Edible Bed

I was walking through Oakwood the other day and thought I would check on the edible bed.
Thank you to the REAP Gardening Group for their work on the edible bed which is looking very smart and attractive. It is double-attractive when one can also look forward to eating it in due course.
There is a hint of Alice in Wonderland about it with the little instruction notices