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Oxford Community Market Switches to Winter Market Hours

Yokkna Bottom Farms will be at the Oxford Community Market next week with cool-season produce. Photo provided by OXCM

Just because it’s cold doesn’t mean you can’t buy fresh, healthy produce from local sources.

Oxford Community Market will launch its 2022 Winter Market Season from noon-3 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 11, at the Old Armory Pavilion.

This marks the organization’s third year of hosting north Mississippi’s only year-round farmer’s market.

“We are in the business of meeting the needs of farmers and food producers in north Mississippi and, following the lead of our farmers, OXCM expanded our market season in 2020 to provide a reliable, pubic marketplace for our farmers to sell all year long,” said market director Betsy Chapman. “I think that our customers will be surprised and pleased by the abundance of beautiful local produce and farm goods available this time of year.’

Thanks to Mississippi’s long growing season, customers can expect to find a wide range of cool-season produce including cabbages, carrots, broccoli, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, lettuces, spinach, radishes, collard greens, turnips and more. The winter market also offers local honey, farm-fresh eggs, grass-fed beef, baked goods, jams and jellies, and seasonal goodies like homemade king cakes.

“Building a strong, resilient local food system includes providing our farmers with expanded opportunities to sell to the public,” Chapman said, “because, as our egg farmer Mr. Aldridge says, ‘The hens don’t stop laying!'”

OXCM’s Winter Market runs through March and Spring Market Season hours resume in April. For more information about OXCM, follow the market on Facebook and Instagram or contact Chapman at 662-816-7413.

Staff report