At Chicory Market, our mission is to support local food and empower the people who make and benefit from it. We believe in local food because it is better for our bodies, for the land around us, and for our local economy. Our mission us three-part:
The current Chicory Market site has been a food space in Oxford for more than 30 years. In the early 1990’s, Burlin Hollowell ran his produce stand out of the old service station building, selling vegetables that he and his friends raised and trucking in exotics from distributors. Liz Stagg and her husband Frank took it over as the Farmers Market and expanded the grocery offerings, tapping into a growing local food movement and catering to new immigrant communities in Oxford. The Farmers Market became a community hub for people looking for quality produce, a place where all felt welcome and attended to, and a homegrown alternative to the big supermarket chains.
In 2017, Kate Bishop and John Martin renovated the space as Chicory Market, connecting to a new generation of farmers and opening a kitchen to provide healthy prepared meals focused on local ingredients. As an Oxford native, Kate grew up in a community connected by food. She had fond memories of eating watermelons and pimento cheese from the old James Food Center and regional supermarkets such as the Jitney Jungle, Big Star, and Sunflower. Kate and John feel strongly about creating a special place that preserves and grows the spirit of Oxford as a place that nurtures creativity and welcomes newcomers and curiosity seekers.
Chicory Market | 274 Co Rd 101, Oxford, MS 38655 | (662) 380-5201 | instagram: @chicorymarket