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Oxford Covered Market

Oxford Markets England

The market is located to the north of the High Street towards the western end between Cornmarket Street and Turl Street. To the north is Market Street. Most of the entrances are from the High Street and Market Street (with four entrances from each street). It is also possible to gain access from Cornmarket via the Golden Cross alley, with its small up-market shops.


Centred in the middle of the City, accessed either from the High Street, Market Street or through the Golden Cross in Cornmarket Street the Covered Market welcomes its visitors with an array of colours and aroma’s. The building dates back to the 1770’s and has a long, varied and interesting heritage.

The Covered Market was officially opened on 1 November 1774 and is still active today. It was started in response to a general wish to clear 'untidy, messy and unsavoury stalls' from the main streets of central Oxford.


John Gwynn, the architect of Magdalen Bridge, drew up the plans and designed the High Street front with its four entrances. In 1772, the newly formed Market committee, half of whose members came from the town and half from the university, accepted an estimate of nine hundred and sixteen pounds ten shillings, for the building of twenty butchers' shops.


Twenty more soon followed, and after 1773 meat was allowed to be sold only inside the market. From this nucleus the market grew, with stalls for garden produce, pig meat, dairy products and fish.
The Market has always been an attraction for visiting tourists, providing a unique showcase for the very best in local crafts, food and drink. We are proud that the majority of our businesses are independent and with some going back generations. With over 40 traders selling food, gifts, shoes, fashion, flowers and jewellery to name but a few it is the unique ‘one stop shop’. No one coming to Oxford should miss a visit and with the continued support from local residents, students and businesses it will continue to thrive – so visit us soon and enjoy the personal bespoke customer service together with first class products.

The Covered Market is open to the public from 8 am – 5.30 pm Monday to Saturday and 10 am – 4 pm on Sundays. However, all the businesses have their own opening times and some do not open on Sundays so please check

Posted by Bruco 02:51 Archived in England Tagged markets oxford & farmers covered cheese wine. Comments (0)

Maltby St Markets London

small selection of produce market with great grazing options

Might be hard to find, but Ropewalk is a little gem, quirky , friendly and worth the adventure to find. A gathering spot for the new breed of "locals" now living in this area, and there were lots of gatherings of friends "brunching" when we visited on Saturday morning.


During the summer of 2010, a quiet bubble of gastronomic intent was swelling under the railway arches in Bermondsey. This unlikely south-east London backwater quickly became a popular destination for a Saturday morning wander with a bit of grocery shopping along the way. A few years on, many new traders have got involved, the recently Ropewalk has become a full-on street market, and some of the original bunch have moved down the road to Spa Terminus. Find out about the gastronomic delights that await beneath the arches.


Ropewalk is now open 9am-4pm Sat and 11am-4pm Sun but Spa Terminus is still strictly Saturdays only (around 9am-2pm for most producers), so that’s the day to take it all in.

Its the setting that makes this place with a lot of the stalls set into the old timber trader arches. If you are walking the Thames Walk veer in to the markets just down from the Chard.

Posted by Bruco 02:43 Archived in England Tagged food markets london local place meeting fresh produce markets. artisan breads Comments (0)

Adelaide Central Markets

Showcasing the best Locovore of South Australia

These markets set the benchmark for what a good market should offer , great local produce, great selection & variety, places to eat, and friendly stall holders. I have added to copy below from the official site for Central Markets. This was about my 4th visit, how lucky the locals are to have this facility in the heart of the city
Located in the heart of Adelaide on the gateway to some of Australia's finest vineyards is this historic market & it should be the first place you visit before exploring the various regions on South Australia.


Established in 1869, the Adelaide Central Market has been a thriving hub of food and culture for over 145 years. With over 80 traders under one roof, the Adelaide Central Market is the largest under cover market in the Southern Hemisphere, buzzing with life and colour all year round. The Market offers a huge range of fresh food including fruit and vegetables, meat and poultry, seafood, cheeses, bakery, smallgoods and health foods, along with some of Adelaide’s most popular cafes and eateries. With over 8.5 million visitors every year, the Adelaide Central Market remains the food Mecca for multicultural cuisine and fresh produce.


1869 On Saturday, 23rd January at 3.15am a group of market gardeners made their way to a site between Gouger and Grote Street and started to sell their produce.Over 500 people attended the first market day and some 500 purchasers made with all stock sold out by 6.00am.
1870 The official opening of the Adelaide Central Market was on the 22nd January 1870. The Central Market was open on Tuesdays and Saturdays with 50 to 100 produce carts. The market was recorded in history as having sold vegetables, fruit, hay, fish and game meats.
1900 On the 8th February 1900 the first stone was laid to build the current Central Market façade, which still stands today. In the same year a 40 meter veranda was added.


1902 Gas lighting, which had been sufficient for almost 35 years was replaced by electricity in March, 1902.


1925 Early in the morning of 27th December 1925 the market in the north eastern section suffered fire damage. The fire brigade managed to restrict damage to two shops.
1965 The Central Market was officially named in August 1965, prior to this the market was known as the City Market.
1965-1966 The Central Market underwent redevelopment which commenced on the 18th January 1965 and was completed along with a new roof top car park on 17th June 1966. The first day of trading saw a turnover of 3600 cars using the 230 bay car park.


1977 On the night of 27th June 1977, a major portion of the southern stall area of the market was badly damaged by fire causing half a million dollars worth of damage.Refurbishment work began to repair damage caused by fire. Work was completed in 1983. The Central Market that you see today is a mix of new age technology and historical building.


Today,The Central Market has over 80 stalls and is South Australia’s most visited tourist attraction. The Adelaide Central Market remains the food Mecca for multicultural cuisine and fresh produce. The Central Market trades largely in fruit, vegetables, small goods, and café food and is divided into a colourful array of lanes and broadways. The Central Market today remains “the Heart of Adelaide”.


This place really is an adventure, an experience, where locals mix with Restaurant Chefs sourcing the best local produce on offer.
If you feel like lingering longer try breakfast at a variety of options including the famous (to the locals) Lucia's Pizza Bar, where Today, Nicky and Maria continue in the traditions of their mother Lucia, using her traditional Italian recipes.


After cruising around i was recommended to try Market Street for breakfast, great choice, its just outside the main entrance and combines a bakery open plan , great kitchen excellent breakfast menu and delicious coffee.


The markets are closed on Sunday and Monday and check the trading hours on otherdays as it opens sometimes 7am, other times 8am. If you are in Adelaide and want to discover how abundant this state is for local produce for dining and wining make a morning of it.

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Barcelona Markets La Boqueria

Spanish Barcelona farmers markets showcasing the best of Spain



The Boqueria Market, as it is known today, has been through many phases of life. On the following words I'll try to give a faithful description of that rich history as we under stand it. Where this market comes from is uncertain, what we are sure of is that it was born as a travelling market, placed in the Ramblas of Barcelona. La Rambla acquired growing importance as a pedestrian lane, and the market was set in the best place to attract the large numbers of passers-by and local inhabitants.
Its location was threatened many times. In Catalonia, towns and cities have been founded around markets and the same rings true for La Boqueria. It originated as an open-air market, in front of one of the gates of the old city wall (Pla de la Boqueria) where fruit and vegetable traders from local towns and farms near by would sell their products. The spaces inside the city at that time were too small to establish a big market of the current Boqueria kind and it was necessary to set them outside the walls.
As the market's popularity grew, farmers from neighbouring towns, such as Les Corts and Sarrià were stopped from trading here. As the competition within the market grew increasingly fierce, there would be arguments and fights between the old greengrocers and the new ones. For convenience sake the markets from the two near squares were merged in to one: La Rambla de Sant Josep.
Fish shops, butchers, and bird shops were built surrounding the new space, forming streets by the side of the convent and the Virreina. In 1826 The Marquee of Campo Sagrado, general captain of Catalonia, began to regulate, for the first time, the successful market of La Boqueria.

The new open-air market, in Rambla de Sant Josep was inaugurated on October 18th, 1827. In 1835 the destruction of the convent of Sant Josep took place. It was replaced by a square, which would have been the grandest square in Barcelona of its time. Surrounded by porches, with gardens and fountains, it was named Plaça del Treball.

Architecturally, the high columns were monumental, with a strong allegorical sense to the work. When this regeneration was almost complete, and at the time when works were expected to begin, it was believed necessary to temporarily install the market in the old convent of Sant Josep and so be able to remove it from the middle of la Rambla. This explains why the houses that surround and frame the market of the Boqueria form porches, which are unlike those in the present market.

In 1836 when the convent of the Carmelitas disappeared with its church of Saint Josep, the city hall planned the construction of the market. The project was in the hands of the architect Mas Vilá. On St. Joseph's day in 1840 the first stone of the market of la Boqueria was placed. In 1848 an enclosure for the fish monger's shop behind the palace of the Virreina was constructed. The pavilion that would later become the office of the Direction and Veterinary Services was also built. In 1861 some of the fruit and vegetable traders were allowed to settle provisionally at Plaza Sant Agustí and it was from this point that la Rambla was to be kept exclusively for flower stands.

Many salesmen gave out a flower for the purchase of some of their products. The sale of flowers increased. In 1863 the retail places of fruits and vegetables settled underneath the porches. In 1869 the convent of Jerusalem, located behind the market, was demolished to allow for an extension to be built. In the Christmas of 1871, the gas lighting was introduced to the market. In 1911 the fishmonger's shop was buil
n 1914 the market with the metal roof was inaugurated. From there, it began to modernize and to improve, not only at a sanitary level, but also aesthetic, and decorative. Over the years, La Boqueria has become the most emblematic market of all the network of markets in Barcelona.

The structure, the situation, and the salesmen turn it in to an obligated must-see for all the tourists who visit our city. This market has for the people of Barcelona, the suggestion of strong family memories. It's entwined with the city's history, of all our families, their popular traditions and celebrations.

The present salesmen are mostly, of the third and fourth generation of salesmen of the market. They are the union of the past with the present. Innovators, full of projects and renovation ideas for La Boqueria: for the new Barcelona.

The commercial supply is in abundance and varies greatly: fresh fish and sea food; salty fish; tinned food; butchery and offal; birds; game and eggs; fruits and vegetables; herbs; delicatessen; breads and pastries; restaurants; frozen items; artisan products; charcuterie; farmers' shops; wine; and even a Greek and an Italian hand made pasta stall have joined the consortium/maelstrom that keeps La Boqueria alive.

After all, the market is all about its people!

Coinciding with the dawn of the 21st century, the market has been reborn in commercial terms, and is now an international name of reference. This is shown by the great number of prizes it has won, which include the prize for the best market in the world, awarded by the World Markets Congress held in 2005 in Washington DC.

At the present time, the market is a member of Emporion, the European Association of Markets offering Excellence in Foods, and has promoted the European Project MedEmporion for the study and implementation of projects within the Mediterranean markets scope. The members of this project are the Barcelona Municipal Markets Institute, representing Barcelona City Council, the cities of Turin, Marseilles and Genoa and the Conservatory of Piamonte.
Another new addition in 2003 is the market’s Culinary Classroom, where children and adults are taught to cook, and different gastronomic events are organised every day.
A terrific market to spend some time wandering, a great selection of tapas type barfront bistro,s serving well priced tapas and local vino
The other market I stumbled over was the Mercat Del St Antoni , smaller, lots of locals and i must say , maybe because I had a camera, but they were not as friendly as the folk at La Boqueria. That market is another story.

Posted by Bruco 19:09 Tagged markets barcelona in restaurants spain dining wine seafood farmers tapas olive cheese oil. locovore Comments (0)

Sydney EQ Village markets

Small collection of Farmers produce next to the Sydney Cricket Ground

These markets are open every Wednesday & Saturday and are located in the grounds of the old Sydney Show ground in what's now called the The Entertainment Quarter.
The EQ Village Markets is Sydney’s finest producers market, offering a wide range of top-quality produce at a great price in one very convenient location (10mins from Sydney’s CBD). Enjoy the lively atmosphere and the abundance of products that are hand-picked and crafted with love by our many stallholders.
Fruit and vegetables are in plentiful supply, including hydroponic and organic. Meliora Farm specialises in seasonal oranges and avocadoes, with many other citrus varieties available throughout the various seasons. Helen Roche and her staff will happily offer samples of the juicy apple varieties grown on her Adelong farm, along with seasonally available cherries and stone fruits.
If you have a sweet tooth, Albert's delicious crepes and waffles at Le Creperie are well worth making the trip for. Also pop by The Cupcake Princess, My Muffin Tops or Anastasia’s Greek Biskota, for that perfect little treat.
Bring the family for a relaxed lunch, selecting from international hot foods such as chorizo rolls from Mojo Picon, Turkish gozleme or delicious Ethiopian pancakes to name a few.IMG_3329.jpg
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some really good coffee with at least three on offer at the EQ. Local company Toby's Estate is fast gaining a reputation for their smooth blends, while Ivan and Linda at Café East Timor are always ready with a smile and a great cup of their Fair Trade 3 Amigos blend.


Keeping the kids entertained is easy too with our Animal Farm situated towards the end of the market, there every Wednesday and Saturday (weather permitting).
Visitors to the precinct on Market Days also enjoy two hours free car parking, and really that's about all you will need if you are driving, as the area you have to cover is really only 50mts wide by 100 mts long.
- See more at: http://www.localmarketguide.com.au/180-eq-village-markets#.Vgeye3mQ_IU

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