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Hampshire Fare launches latest free Discover Local Produce Guide



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HAMPSHIRE Fare’s latest local produce guide has been launched – and this year has a special focus on green issues like eating sustainably.

The group’s free guide lists where to find the finest local food and drink across the New Forest, from delis, farm shops and village stores to hotels, restaurants, cafes, pubs and caterers.

Tracy Nash, commercial manager at Hampshire Fare, a not-for-profit community interest company which works with nearly 400 members within the food and drink industry, said: “This year’s edition includes features on eating seasonally, our sustainable seafood project in partnership with Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust, and our members’ green initiatives.

the Hampshire Fare team (from left) Emma Caulton, Faye Hallwood and Tracy Nash at the launch of the Discover Local Produce Guide (photo: The Electric Eye Photography)
the Hampshire Fare team (from left) Emma Caulton, Faye Hallwood and Tracy Nash at the launch of the Discover Local Produce Guide (photo: The Electric Eye Photography)

“This focus on green issues is in response to the increasing interest in the environment and conscious consumerism.

“Buying local and eating seasonally have always been two of the more accessible ways for families, foodies and those in the food and drink industry to be greener, and it is an approach that Hampshire Fare has been promoting for over 30 years.

“We are very proud that our guide has become well established as an essential resource for those in the industry, but it is also appreciated by consumers keen to know more about provenance and supporting local independents.”

The guide was launched during a special Hampshire Fare road show which visited retail and hospitality members across the region, including Tatchbury Manor Farm in Winsor.

It is available from Fare members, which all share a commitment to sourcing local, supporting their communities and contributing to a sustainable future for the county’s food and farming industries. Southern Co-op also stocks it.

“I would like to take this opportunity to thank all our members for supporting the publication of this guide,” added Tracy.

“The past couple of years have been a difficult time for many local businesses, yet we continue to be approached by inspirational companies keen to join us who appreciate the benefits of collaborating with other Hampshire Fare members.”

For a digital version which can be downloaded, visit www.hampshirefare.co.uk



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