Farmers Markets

One of the most pleasant markets I have found locally is the Hampshire Farmers Market in Emsworth.

Farmers Market Emswoth Hampshire

A quaint coastal village, Emsworth is a perfect setting with stall holders offering farm fresh fruit and vegetables, artisan bread, cakes bakes and the best scotch eggs on the South Coast.

Artisan bread Emsworth Hampshire

Fresh fish, potted plants and a good selection of wholesome pies, pastries and homemade bakes, cakes and biscuits.

Fresh fish Hampshire Farmers Market

Zest for Taste

Infused oils and vinegars, herb mixes and salad dressings

Pressed oils and vinegars Chichester West Sussex

Over forty oils and vinegars on tap which customers can taste from Zest for Taste.  They also offer all natural freeze-dried herb mixes, tasty sauces and dressings.

Bruschetta mix and sauces Chichester West Sussex

Recipe suggestions, as well as an array of beautiful hand-painted ceramics, kitchen tools and gadgets that can be found at the Drapers Yard in Chichester. A market for small independent retailers, designers, makers, arts and crafts, artisan food, bread and locally roasted coffee.

Drapers Yard Chichester West Sussex

Kay Mawer bought an old pub premises a few years ago to house her haberdashery and ClothKits workshop. She then erected 13 sheds in the defunct pub garden to create a hub for small retail independents to encourage creatives and their talents.

Creating something special.

The Grange

Just exactly what you expect from a local farm shop.

Best farm shops in Chichester West Sussex

Lots of fresh local farm produce.

Fresh farm produce Chichester West Sussex

Bread, cakes, home-made style Cheese, local Chutney pickles & relishes  good selection of local Fruit

Fresh farm fruit Chichester West Sussex

Honey, jam, preserves and home cooked meat pies

Honey, jams and preserves Chichester West Sussex

As well as a colourful selection of plants and seedlings

Pot plants and seedlings Chichester West Sussex

Cowdray Farm Shop

Driving through the rolling South Down hills around Midhurst, its impossible not to notice that the window frames of many of the buildings in the area are pained a bright striking yellow.  Signifying that they are part of the Cowdray Estate.

Cowdray Living Cowdray Park Easebourne

Artisan pork pies

I will admit I know very little about pork pies. I have always enjoyed one now and again but would battle to explain why hand cut pies are preferable to other types of pork pie.

Artisan pork pies

So when confronted by Jakes artisan pork pies at the Hampshire Farmers Market in Emsworth, instead of asking the obvious question, I was intimidated in buying one to try.

Hand-cut artisan pork pies

Which now calls for a visit to the Hornet Ale House to see if I can get a few more.

O’Hagen’s Sausages

When Bill O’Hagen moved to England from South Africa in 1974, the English sausage had earned the dubious distinction of being the bin end of the market. They were stuffed full of rusk and scrap meat to keep costs down and looked as well as tasted the part.

He was a journalist at the time he started making sausages in his garage.

They became so popular with his work colleagues he was persuaded to open a shop, turning the industry on it’s head and ushering in a revival of the proud tradition of the English gourmet sausage.

English artisan sausages

O’Hagan’s fresh artisan sausages do not contain artificial additives or ingredients. Many of their recipes date back as far as the 1800’s when England was renowned for producing the worlds best sausages. Then there are O’Hagan originals inspired by years of passion, commitment and experience.

Gourmet English sausages

Oma Mieme’s farm stall

Farm stalls in the Northern Cape

If you are on the way to the Augrabies Falls or Kgalagadi you won’t go hungry at Oma Miemie’s farm stall, situated in the Main Street of Kenhardt. They offer everything from breakfast to ‘potbrood’, ‘vetkoek’ and milk tart. It is also well stocked with a wide selection of marmalades, jams, jellies and chutneys as well as dried and fresh fruit, vegetables and other fresh farm produce.

Dassiesfontein

Farm stalls in the Overberg
The restaurant at Dassiesfontein offer visitors generous portions of traditional Boerekos accompanied by a beer or a steaming hot cup of koffie. On most Saturdays diners can enjoy a local speciality, curried tripe, and on Sundays they offer a large buffet.

Natures Way

Artisan cheese the Garden Route

Family run Nature’s Way is a traditional farm stall and deli where you can taste their Loredo Farm cheese which is made with fresh farm milk from the pasture fed Jersey cows . They also stock a wide range of local and imported cheese, jams, honeys, preserves and pestos, dressings, free range eggs, home bakes and their own artisan breads. The kids can watch the cows being milked and play around the farm stall whilst you savour a cup of coffee and wait to be prepared. To take home there is a choice of tempting homemade jams, pickles, dairy products, free-range eggs, fresh farm milk and olive oil on tap, as well as oven fresh bread for your trip along the Garden Route

Florida farm stall

South African farm stalls

Stock up on farm butter and freshly baked loaves at the Florida Farm Stall while the kids feed the animals in the touch farm. You will also find waterblommetjies, venison pies, bokkoms (dried fish biltong), German sauerkraut, gourmet mustard, quail eggs and pickled garlic.