Pop-up farmers' markets by New Forest Marque will feature range of local produce
A SERIES of pop-up farmers’ markets promoting and selling locally produced food and drink will be held throughout August and September across the New Forest.
The events will be run by New Forest Marque, a not-for-profit organisation championing the district’s produce, with each featuring between eight and 12 of its 160 members.
Customers can get their hands on a range of local meat, eggs, bread, fresh fruit and veg, gin and cider, and meet the people behind the products.
New Close Farm at Hinton Admiral will host the inaugural market on Sunday 8th August, followed by Green Hill Farm Holiday Park in Landford on 29th August and Hoburne Bashley Holiday Park in New Milton on 25th September. All roadshows run between 10am and 3pm.
Further dates and venues will be added to the New Forest Marque website and social media as they are confirmed.
The organisation’s 160 members are made up of farmers, commoners and growers, plus food, drink and craft producers whose raw ingredients and materials are locally sourced. Hospitality and retail outlets that offer customers local produce on their menus or in their stores can also sign up.
New this summer is the Marque’s subscription box scheme which offers a one-off or quarterly surprise delivery of seasonal produce from members. Boxes, priced from £30, can be delivered anywhere in the New Forest free of charge.
For an autumn selection, orders must be placed by Sunday. There will also be winter and spring boxes.
For details or to place an order, visit www.newforestmarque.co.uk/shop
Marque members’ produce can be identified by a distinctive blue and silver logo.
Founded in 2004 as Forest Friendly Farming to support commoners, the organisation has expanded and developed to include a wide range of New Forest-based businesses that have local produce at the heart of what they do.
Operations manger Claire Lee said: “Buying Marque produce will help our members grow their businesses and help to preserve the nature of the New Forest and the traditional farming and commoning practices that help to shape the environment and landscape of the New Forest.”