By Emily Sewell
LOU community members can now purchase fresh produce, crafty items and homemade goods as the Oxford Community Market (OXCM) launches Tuesday, April 23 from 3 – 6:30 p.m. at the Old Armory Pavilion located on University Ave.
Vendors will come in from all over the Oxford area to bring fresh fruits, vegetables, meats, dairy, baked goods, jams, honey, and frozen treats to the LOU community.
“Customers can expect all the familiar faces plus several new vendors this year,” said Betsy Chapman, OXCM director.
The market will take place every Tuesday.
“Everything is grown within an hour-hour and a half from Oxford,” Chapman said. “Super fresh, picked that morning, and then delivered to town.”
Attendees of the OXCM can expect live music, activities for kids, cooking demonstrations, and special events that are all free and open to the public. The market will serve cake and hot dogs, as well.
Although the event itself is free, the market asks patrons to donate $30 to the Oxford Community Market. Patrons are also invited to attend the OXCM “Friends of the Market” happy hour from 5-6:30 p.m. There will be OXCM Artist Vodka cocktails and catering from Chicory Market, Little Easy Catering, Tallahatchie Gourmet, Elizabeth Heiskell, Living Foods and Gus’s Fried Chicken
This year, the kickoff event will have live performances by Kell Kellum and Spencer Thomas.
“It’s a very fun festive environment and everybody is friendly, everybody is smiling, everybody is happy to be there,” Chapman said. “It’s about community and getting to know the people who produce your food and hanging out.”