Once, freshman year, I bought a bag of apples at the Oxford Farmer’s Market. Since then, I have only bought bread. Here are my favorite breads and bread-like products:
Plain challah from Abbott Ridge Farm. Kroger doesn’t sell challah, and neither does MacCracken Market, which makes sense. There are not a lot of Jewish students here. But during my first year, I was homesick and longing for the bread of my people until I realized the Farmer’s Market usually has some. It’s delicious by itself and it makes next-level French toast.
Fancy challah from Abbott Ridge Farm. There’s always a long line at this stand, because they offer made-to-order focaccia sandwiches, but there’s a separate line for ordering the bread alone, which usually has no wait. Challah usually sells quickly, but last week my housemate and I were lucky enough to snag a cranberry-raisin-cinnamon loaf coated with brown sugar. We will be buying more than one loaf next week.
Cinnamon rolls from Abbott Ridge Farm. I consider myself a cinnamon roll connoisseuse, and these rolls are insane. One, which you can buy for $3, is the size of a whole pan of Pillsbury ready-to-bake cinnamon rolls. They’re good.
Cherry turnovers from Ghyslain Chocolatier. I tried these for the first time a couple months ago, and I’ve gone back for them every week since. The cherry turnover is crispy but not burnt, and not too sweet. It’s a dream. If you don’t like cherry, they usually have apple, too, or a variety of other carb-based pastries.
You can read about what the Farmer’s Market, in Uptown park every Saturday morning and Tuesday evening, has to offer at oxfordfarmersmarket.com. If you’d like to receive email updates, send a message to firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also follow the market on Facebook.