Oxford Farmers Market creates new currency: Market bucks

Visitors to the Oxford Farmers Market can now leave their cash at home if they bring a credit card for “Market Bucks,” the farmers markets’ currency.

Sellers said they appreciate not having to make change for cash or deal with credit cards.

The Oxford Farmers Market offers seasonal products in the Uptown Park Saturday mornings and Tuesday evenings from May to September.

“It’s called cultivating community,” said market manager Larry Slocum, “You can get to know your neighbors, meet people there, and enjoy.”

Slocum said the farmers arrive at uptown about an hour and a half before the market starts. However, they have been preparing all week by harvesting produce and getting it ready.

Farmers load their trucks on Friday night and they head out to the market the next morning.

“I am responsible for growing flowers,” said Laura Brubaker, a flower farmer from West Manchester, Ohio, “This is my first time selling flowers in uptown.”

Musician Dave Sams has been playing country music at the farmers market since 2020.

“I get a stipend from Oxford Farmers Market and am invited to play,” Sams said.

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